About The Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC)

About Global Compact Network Canada:

Launched in June 2013 as the Canadian chapter of the UN Global Compact, the Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) functions as an extension of the UN Global Compact and is dedicated to assisting Canadian organizations with the advancement of 10 Principles of the UN Global Compact and the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In doing so, GCNC 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 objectives of Global Compact Network Canada are to:

  • Promote the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption;
  • Promote sustainable practices among local businesses;
  • Contribute to the growth of the UN Global Compact initiative;
  • Influence national policies on corporate sustainability;
  • Mobilize business in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • Manage and protect the integrity of the UN Global Compact initiative; and
  • Align with “The UN Global Compact Way- Values and Behaviour Model”.

Key areas of our involvement:

Message from the UN Global Compact about the role of the local network:

“Our Local Networks advance corporate sustainability at the grassroots level by helping companies understand what responsible business means within a national context.

On the ground, companies face unique challenges to operating responsibly and have different opportunities to make a positive impact. Companies with operations and supply chains extending around the world need to understand locations far from headquarters and view sustainability through a local lens.

Our Global Compact Local Networks advance the initiative and its Ten Principles at the country level. They help companies understand what responsible business means within different national, cultural and language contexts and facilitate outreach, learning, policy dialogue, collective action and partnerships. Through our networks, companies can make local connections – with other businesses and stakeholders from NGOs, government and academia – and receive guidance to put their sustainability commitments into action.

While Local Networks are independent, self-governed and self-managed entities, they work closely with the UN Global Compact in New York and act as a point of contact for UN Global Compact signatories in a country.”