How to Join

JOINING THE UN GLOBAL COMPACT

THE UN GLOBAL COMPACT CAN HELP YOUR COMPANY IN THREE MEANINGFUL WAYS. 

01. BUILD TRUST AND TRANSPARENCY

As a Participant of the UN Global Compact, your company can publicly share its commitments and report on progress through the largest platform of corporate sustainability leaders and practitioners from all sectors. With the UN Global Compact, you have access to:

  • A platform to communicate your commitment and progress
  • A customized company profile on the UN Global Compact website
  • A media toolkit to communicate your commitment
  • Global and local opportunities at flagship events, conferences and webinars, including speaking opportunities and signing ceremonies for new joiners

02. ACHIEVE YOUR SUSTAINABILITY OBJECTIVES 

The UN Global Compact enables you to advance your knowledge and expertise to meet your sustainability objectives and achieve long-term growth. We offer you guidance, training, tools and support such as:

  • Extensive digital resource library
  • Self-assessment and benchmarking
  • Tailored roadmaps and content curation
  • Access to the UN Global Compact help desk
  • Access to capacity building programs
  • Local activations to drive impact
  • Unlimited access to the UN Global Compact Academy learning platform
  • Dedicated Participant Engagement manager

03. HELP SHAPE THE WORLD’S SUSTAINABILITY AGENDA 

Perhaps the most significant benefit of the UN Global Compact is to affect real change and deliver value to our participating companies. Through global and local connections, your company can help define leadership and provide inspiration to a broader audience. The UN Global Compact offers you:

  • Participation in issue-specific working groups for leading companies (Action Platforms)
  • Global Leadership Programmes — Expert Network & Global Compact LEAD
  • Peer-to-peer networking opportunities and unparalleled opportunities to meet industry leaders, UN and Government officials
  • Access to global and local partnerships to scale the impact of your projects

HOW TO ENGAGE IN CANADA 

The Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) is your ground support when engaging with the UN Global Compact. In Canada, the GCNC is spearheading the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 10 Principles of the UN Global Compact. 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. For more information about the UN Global Compact and Global Compact Network Canada please contact:

Global Compact Network Canada contact points: 

Ayman Chowdhury
Head of Secretariat
ayman@globalcompact.ca
+1 647-715-9426 ex 107
Daria Naglic,
Manager, Programs & Engagement
daria@globalcompact.ca
+1 647-715-9426 ex 103

UN Global Compact contact point: 

Sarah Tran,
Participant Engagement
tran@unglobalcompact.org
+1 646 884 7503
www.unglobalcompact.org

HOW TO JOIN

STEP 1: BUSINESS OR NON-BUSINESS 

Decide if your organization is a business or non-business.

Businesses are required to submit a Communication on Progress (COP) every year and Non-businesses are required to submit a Communication on Engagement (COE) once every 2 years.

BUSINESS 

  • Company — any legal entity engaging in business, such as a corporation or partnership, with at least 250 full-time direct employees and/or any state-owned companies
  • SME (Small and Medium Enterprise) — same as a Company but with less than 250 and more than 10 full-time employees

Please note that due to administrative capacity, the UN Global Compact is currently not accepting new applications from organizations with under ten employees.

NON-BUSINESS 

  • Academic institutions
  • Business associations
  • Cities and municipalities
  • Civil society organizations
  • Foundations
  • Labour organizations
  • Public sector organizations
  • Corporate social responsibility organizations

STEP 2: SELECT YOUR PREFERRED ENGAGEMENT TIER WITH THE UN GLOBAL COMPACT ON A GLOBAL LEVEL 

All business and non-business with head offices in Canada must first select to become either a UN Global Compact Signatory or Participant in order to join the initiative.

STEP 3: LETTER OF COMMITMENT 

Prepare a Letter of Commitment addressed to the UN Secretary-General and signed by your company’s highest-level executive (or equivalent). Letter of Commitment templates for business and non-business.

STEP 4: ONLINE APPLICATION FORM 

Complete the Online Application Form and upload a digital copy of the Letter of Commitment signed by the highest-level executive (or equivalent), whose name must correspond with the online registration form. Online application form for business and non-business.

STEP 5: SELECT YOUR ENGAGEMENT TIER WITH THE LOCAL NETWORK – GLOBAL COMPACT NETWORK CANADA (OPTIONAL) 

Once your application has been accepted by the UN Global Compact (usually takes around 7-14 business days), you have the option to strengthen your engagement with the local network. All UN Global Compact Canadian Signatories, Participants and the Subsidiaries can choose from the three available tiers: Premium, Patron, and Visionary for enhanced local network engagement.