Welcome to the UN Global Compact Network UK’s website

We are a member-based organisation and official Local Network, representing UK businesses that are signatories to the UN Global Compact.

Local Networks were launched to help make the UN Global Compact relevant across the world’s different economic, political and cultural landscapes and to support meaningful engagement with signatories. We implements a programme of activity in support of UK-based UN Global Compact signatories who wish to maximise the benefits of their engagement with the UN Global Compact.  The below quote sums up the role of a Local Network.

Local Networks perform the critical task of rooting the UN Global Compact within a national context – linked to local priorities and needs – and provide opportunities for participants to improve understanding and share experiences on their work to advance UN Global Compact principles, partnerships and reporting.”

Former Executive Director, Georg Kell

The UK Network aims to further the Global Compact’s 10 principles that cover human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption and serves members through regular meetings to share best practice and working groups that are active in areas such as reporting, small and medium-sized enterprises, communications, and liaison with other networks.

As the UK Network, we would like to officially welcome Lise Kingo, the newly appointed Executive Director to the UN Global Compact family.

As of 1st September 2015, Lise Kingo assumed her new position as Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. Lise Kingo brings a wealth of experience and passion to the UN Global Compact, coupled with extensive knowledge and understanding of strategic leadership and implementation of corporate sustainability through building partnerships with key stakeholders.  She was most recently the Chief of Staff, Executive Vice-President and member of the Executive Management at Novo Nordisk A/S from 2002 to 2014.  She also served as Senior Vice-President of Stakeholder Relations from 1999 to 2002 and as Director of Environmental Affairs from 1988 to 1999.  She succeeded Georg Kell, who retires later this year after over 25 years of service to the United Nations.  For more information, click here.


Side event at 4th UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva

In association with GBI and the Governments of the USA and UK, the UK Network is organising an event during the UN Forum that will address the Modern Slavery Act 2015.  For more information, visit our Upcoming Events page here.

Response to consultation on the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

The UN Global Compact Network UK has submitted a formal response to the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark, drafted in June 2015.  The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark is a joint collaboration between the Institute for Human Rights and Business, Calvert Investments, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, VBDO, EIRS and Aviva Investors.  To view our submission, click here.

New Member – The One Brand
The Global Compact Network UK is delighted to welcome The One Brand, an ethical bottled water company that donates 100% of its profits to funding clean, sustainable drinking water projects in some of the harshest regions of Africa.  Read about how they got started here.

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