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Year 4, no. 18
May - June 2016


The Global Compact Network Italy (GCNI) was established in 2002 to contribute to the development in Italy of the "Global Compact", a project designed to promote the culture of corporate citizenship launched, in 1999, by the then Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan.

Considering this objective, the Network operates as an information platform, giving support and coordination to Italian companies and organizations which resolve to share, support and employ a whole range of universal principles in matters of human rights, labour, environment and the fight against corruption, thereby contributing to the accomplishment of "a more wide-ranging and sustainable global economy".

In June 2013, the GCNI became legally established as the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation.

Currently, 40 organizations adhere to the Foundation as founders or participants.


lente The Global Compact Network Italy Foundation has released its third Activities Report

The Global Compact Network Italy Foundation (GCNI Foundation) has published its third activities report  referring to the period 1st January 2015 to 31st December 2015. The Report is one of the main information and communication tools that the Foundation uses externally.

lenteThe new statutory bodies of the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation

The first Meeting in 2016 of the Founding Members of the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation was held on April 28th, at the Rome headquarters of ABI - Italian Banking Association. On the agenda, among other points, was the election of the new members of the Foundation's Board of Directors (who, after their own election, were called to appoint the Chairman and the Secretary General of the organization).

lente New members to the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation

The Global Compact Network Italy Foundation’s Board of Directors met on 28th April and reviewed and accepted the requests for membership to the Global Compact’s Italian Network which were presented by the Etimos Foundation and Philip Morris Italy, who already participate in the initiative at international level (United Nations Global Compact). By joining, the two organizations have acquired the GCNI Foundation’s status of "Founding Member".

lente Carbon Pricing, the UN Global Compact takes the challenge and trigger a virtuous path

The UNFCCC’s Kyoto Protocol (1997) strongly grasped itself, as one of its fundamental elements, to the development of a market for carbon emissions. From that moment on, governments around the world have been increasingly pursuing market-based mechanisms to reduce CO2 emissions.
Despite the growing and recognized role of market mechanisms in climate mitigation and the call for carbon pricing in the Paris agreement by both governments and businesses, the agreement ended up making reference to carbon pricing only in a non-binding political section of the text, stating that countries "recognize the important role of providing incentives for emission reduction activities, including tools such as domestic policies and carbon pricing".

lente Annual Forum of UN Global Compact Local European Networks 2016

In Prague on 5th and 6th of May there was a meeting of the Local European Networks (LNs) of the United Nations Global Compact in which the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation (GCNI Foundation) participated with a delegation. The meeting resulted in an interesting and profitable opportunity to discuss and reflect together about actions and projects shared across Europe.

lente Launch of the "National Dialogue on Sustainable Finance"

On 8th February 2016, in line with the UNEP – United Nations Environment Programme initiative "UNEP Inquiry - Design a Sustainable Financial System" and the launch of the Working Group "Green Finance Study Group" co-chaired by Britain and China in the context of G-20; following up on what was signed at the Paris Agreement, the launch of the 2030 Agenda, and the growing focus on environmental and climatic risks that afflict the financial world as well as the real economy, Italy launched the "National Dialogue on Sustainable Finance" at a national level.

lente CSR Manager Network for SMEs: 2016 education program

“Integrating sustainability as a critical success factor”: throughout the year, the CSR Manager Network is offering SMEs a full education and specialist consultancy program of workshops, webinars, sustainability reporting consultancy and laboratories, to help small businesses turn sustainability into a success factor.


Meeting focusing on "Sustainable Management of the Supply-Chain"

In Milan on 7th June a day to meet and work on the theme of "Sustainable management of the supply chain" promoted by the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation (GCNI Foundation) will be held.


UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2016: publication of the event programme

The UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2016 (22-23 June 2016, New York) will provide a dynamic stage to jump-start business action everywhere on the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs address the most important economic, social, environmental and governance challenges of our time, providing a clear and compelling direction for the future.


"Anti-corruption" Working Group 2016 Plan

The Global Compact Network Italy Foundation has published the activities plan for 2016 for the "Anti-corruption" Working Group.
The first meeting 2016 of the Working-Group was held on 8th of March and it was focused on the topic "Anti-corruption management systems (e.g. Model 231)".


Upcoming meeting of the “Business & Human Rights” Working-Group

The Global Compact Network Italy Foundation’s (Foundation GCNI) "Business & Human Rights" Working Group will meet again on 7th July.


"Reporting" Working Group: presentation of the methodological document on the analysis of materiality

On 21st April 2016, the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation’s "Reporting" Working Group held its latest meeting which was aimed at finalizing the methodological paper focused on the method of operation and use for the strategic purposes of materiality analysis.



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