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.


Two new SDG Industry Matrices – UN Global Compact and DNV-GL have partnered on the SDG Industry Matrix project to showcase brief industry-specific examples and ideas for corporate action related to each SDG. They recently published two new industry matrices for the industrial manufacturing and healthcare and life sciences sector.

Event Report – The UK Network chaired a roundtable with DNV- GL and the Food and Drink Federation, with speakers from Marks and Spencers and The One Brand, to support food and drink companies in engaging with the UN Global Compact. The roundtable considered the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and provided guidance and insight on how the food and drink sector can begin on this journey. Read the summary report here.

New Guidance – The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in partnership with the UN Global Compact Network UK have published guidance aimed at helping Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMAs) and finance professionals across the world support their organisations in upholding human rights.

The guidance, called Business and Human Rights: Evolution and Acceptance, aims to provide finance professionals with a clearer understanding of the nuanced demands of being human rights aware and compliant by showing examples of how to put the United Nation’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights into practice. Using case studies and step-by-step guidance it highlights, for example, what investments may need to be made, to maintain or achieve respect for human rights across the organisation in order to safeguard operations and reputation. Read more here.