H.E. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General
Global Compact International Yearbook 2013
Published by Dr. Elmer Lenzen, with contributions by Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Mark Kenber, Bertrand Piccard, Fred Nelson, Moncebi Manzini, Bonnie Campbell and Georg Kell.
Münster/New York: macondo Group/United Nations Publications 2013,196 pages, paperback. US$ 30.00
The UN Global Compact is the world’s leading platform for corporate sustainability. In describing the future aims of the Global Compact, UN Secretary-General H.E. Ban Ki-moon says: “A growing number of business in all regions recognize the importance of reflecting environmental, social, and economic considerations in their operations and strategies. Now the challenge is to move from incremental process to transformation – in society and markets alike.”
The new 2013 edition of the Global Compact International Yearbook offers proactive and in-depth information on key sustainability issues and focuses on recent developments of stakeholder management such as managing corporate legitimacy, for example. Concomitant to this is the call for a more holistic reporting of companies’ financial and nonfinancial performance, which is expressed in the idea of integrated reporting. Furthermore, this edition highlights the connection between the sustainable development of African societies and the ways of managing and governing their natural wealth. The newest developments concerning the move toward a low-carbon economy are shown in the chapter on climate change, which emphasizes the importance of reducing the output of greenhouse gases.
Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and
Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.