UN Global Compact
The United Nations Global Compact is a voluntary initiative for companies that commit to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption:
1. support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.
2. ensuring that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
3. upholding freedom of association and effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.
4. abolition of all forms of forced and compulsory labor.
5. abolition of child labor.
6. abolition of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
7. supporting a precautionary approach to environmental problems.
8. undertaking initiatives to promote a greater sense of responsibility for the environment.
9. promoting the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
10. to combat corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
The Global Compact encourages companies to pursue sustainable and socially responsible policies and to report on their implementation. The German Global Compact Network (DGCN) supports companies in anchoring sustainability strategically and contributing to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG, see there). In Germany alone, more than 800 participants from business, civil society and politics have joined.