OECD/UN Global Compact

  • Report Shows Growing Business Commitment to SDGs

    September 21, 2017

    A new report released by the UN Global Compact (UNGC) shows that companies participating in the UNGC are integrating the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - in addition to environmental, social, and governance principles - into company policies.

  • Companies Join New Greenhouse Gas Initiative

    September 21, 2017

    Acting under the banner of the UN Global Compact's Science Based Targets initiative, more than 300 companies around the world have committed to an "ambitious" reduction of their greenhouse gas emissions in their operations and supply chains to help fulfill the UN's agenda on global warming.

  • Global Institutions Ally to Push for “Equal Pay”

    September 21, 2017

    The UN International Labour Organization, UN Women, and the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have announced the creation of a new coalition designed to pressure governments to adopt policies to fulfill the target within the UN Sustainable Development Goals of “equal pay for work of equal value” for women.

  • UN Seeks Greater Private Sector SDG Collaboration

    September 19, 2017

    The UN Global Compact has announced a series of events to be held during the General Assembly’s Regular Session to engage private sector leaders on ways that businesses can promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the release of a report analyzing the “sustainable development” contributions of all 9,500 Global Compact participant companies.

  • Heineken Settles Dutch NCP Labor Rights Complaint

    September 15, 2017

    A post from nongovernmental organization OECD Watch illustrates how a complaint filed with the Dutch National Contact Point (NCP) for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises over alleged labor rights violations by a Heineken subsidiary in the Democratic Republic of Congo resulted in a Heineken payout of €1.1 million to the complainants.

  • UN Network Promotes East Asian SDG Action

    September 14, 2017

    The UN Global Compact China-Japan-Korea recently hosted a forum to discuss how businesses in the region can take steps to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in corporate policy and practice.

  • NGO Seeks Bolstered Australian NCP Mechanism

    August 28, 2017

    The nongovernmental organization Human Rights Law Centre has submitted a statement to a mechanism reviewing the performance of the Australian OECD National Contact Point (NCP) arguing that the government must do more to empower the NCP, which investigates global corporate human rights violations, to take action against rights-violating businesses.

  • OECD Meeting Pushes for "Responsible Business Conduct"

    August 25, 2017

    In June, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) hosted its 2017 Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct to explore a wide variety of ways, ranging from "due diligence" efforts to business school curricula, in which to push companies to comply with the business and human rights, climate change, and "sustainable development" agendas.

  • UN Paper: Companies Must Prevent "Product Misuse"

    August 24, 2017

    The UN Global Compact endorsed a "Good Practice Note" in May outlining a duty of corporations to prevent customers' "misuse" of their products to violate human rights as part of their responsibility to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR).

  • UN Agency Sets out Principles for BHR and Violent Crime

    August 24, 2017

    The UN Global Compact has released a "Good Practice Note" containing principles on how companies should perform proper "due diligence" in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR) when operating in areas with high rates of violent crime, including provisions on how businesses should help alleviate violent crime in these regions.

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