As a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with Ten Principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption and deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through accountable companies and ecosystems that enable change.
With more than 13,000 companies and 3,800 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and 69 Local Networks, the UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative — one Global Compact delivering impact where it matters.
The UN Global Compact enables companies to:
- Drive impact on specific goals, where businesses have an outsized effect on the outcome
- Scale ambitious action through our 69+ Local Networks and global multi-stakeholder network
- Make measurable progress and communicate it through a trusted reporting framework
Launched in June 2013 as the Canadian chapter of the UN Global Compact, the Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) is a self-governing entity working closely with the Global Compact Office (GCO) in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding. GCNC functions as an extension of the UN Global Compact and is dedicated to assisting Canadian organizations with the advancement of the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In doing so, the Canadian Network unifies and builds the capacity of the Canadian private sector to embrace sustainable business practices by convening and accelerating opportunities for multi-stakeholder collaboration.
The Global Compact Network Canada is the Canadian Local Network of the UN Global Compact. It is a not-for-profit organization, incorporated under Canadian law as a public company limited by guarantee. The Global Compact Network Canada has a fully constituted Board of Directors elected by members.