The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact

Corporate sustainability starts with a company’s value system and a principles-based approach to doing business.

By incorporating the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact into strategies, policies and procedures, and establishing a culture of integrity, companies are not only upholding their basic responsibilities to people and planet, but also setting the stage for long-term success.

The GCNC assists Canadian businesses to embrace, support, and enact a set of core principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment, and anti-corruption.

HOW TO REPORT ON THE 10 PRINCIPLES?

The UN Global Compact requires participating companies to produce an annual Communication on Progress (COP) that details their work to embed the Ten Principles into their strategies and operations, as well as efforts to support societal priorities.

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WHO IS ALIGNING WITH THE 10 PRINCIPLES?

There are over 9000 businesses and 3000 non-businesses in over 160 countries who are currently aligning with the 10 Universal Principles of the UN Global Compact.

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The Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact

Corporate sustainability starts with a company’s value system and a principles-based approach to doing business.

By incorporating the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact into strategies, policies and procedures, and establishing a culture of integrity, companies are not only upholding their basic responsibilities to people and planet, but also setting the stage for long-term success.

The GCNC assists Canadian businesses to embrace, support, and enact a set of core principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment, and anti-corruption.

Human Rights

Principle 1

Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.

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Principle 2

Make sure that they are not complicit in human right abuses.

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Labour

Principle 3

Business should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.

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Principle 4

The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour.

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Principle 5

The effective abolition of child labour.

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Principle 6

The elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

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Environment

Principle 7

Business should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.

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Principle 8

Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.

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Principle 9

Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

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Anti-Corruption

Principle 10

Business should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

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