United Nations Global Compact International Yearbook

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The aim of the Global Compact International Yearbook is to create a global overview of the achievements of the UN Global Compact. As an independent publication, it offers proactive and in-depth information on key sustainability issues to stakeholders and promotes unique and comprehensive knowledge exchange and learning in the spirit of the Global Compact principles. The publication helps to advance transparency, promotes the sharing of best-practices, and, perhaps most significantly, gives a strong voice to the regional and global actors that are at the heart of the initiative. Therefore, the yearbook includes good practice examples of corporate participants and showcases different approaches to the implementation of the ten principles. In addition, a substantial editorial framework will highlight major trends and issues, globally and regionally, placing the activities of Global Compact participants in a broader context.
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The main focus of this latest edition is the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The event marked a crossroad for sustainable development and set the sustainability agenda for the next decade. Therefore, the world expected that a strong call for responsible and sustainable business practices – as covered by the United Nations Global Compact – would emerge as a result. The aim of this publication is to provide a global overview of the achievements of the Global Compact. It offers proactive and in-depth information on key sustainability issues to stakeholders all around the world and promotes unique and comprehensive knowledge exchange and learning in the spirit of the Global Compact principles.
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    • The REDvolución - Combating Spain's high unemployment
      Adecco, the world’s leading provider of HR solutions, took unprecedented action on the streets of Spain on October 27, 2011. The aim was to use its expertise to help people unlock their potential, make a step into work, and integrate into society in an innovative and high-impact way. Driven by the belief that work is a fundamental right and a basic need, Adecco’s REDvolución initiative focused upon combating Spain’s rising unemployment and on lending a helping hand to as many people as possible. At the end of 2011, around 5.3 million people – or close to 23 percent of the working population – were out of work.
    • Cards of hope program
      As a participant in the Global Compact initiative since 2006, Banco León has been promoting the Ten Principles of this network through its management. Respecting the protection of internationally recognized human rights within its sphere of influence and promoting the effective abolition of child labor are two of the Principles that Banco León has been supporting. This has been done through its Cards of Hope program and its approaches to education as well as to children living in poverty and with social risk in the Dominican Republic.
    • Fighting fuel poverty – Supporting our most vulnerable customers
      Fuel poverty is a growing problem throughout Europe. As it varies widely from one country to another, each country has its own definition specific to its context and history. Electricity companies are involving themselves in public schemes in compliance with regulatory requirements and in action taken on their own initiative.
    • Self-assessment on human rights
      Having become a participant of the UN Global Compact in 2003, Groupe SEB is committed to respecting the Ten Principles of the agreement. For the Group, which has a presence in several continents, including Asia, it was necessary to find a tool capable of transforming this commitment in principle into a concrete reality. This would enable an evaluation of the manner in which these Principles were taken into account locally in each of the Group’s subsidiaries. Accordingly, in 2007 the Group adopted the HRCA Quick Check (Human Rights Compliance Assessment) – a self-assessment tool developed by the Danish Institute for Human Rights and supported by the United Nations.
    • “Actions of life” – Actions of responsibility for society
      Contributing to society with social responsibility initiatives and actions constitutes a core element of INTERAMERICAN’s mission. For this reason, the company invests significant amounts of time into various social actions, above and beyond the responsible practices that it has integrated into activities of its business operations. From its inception until today, it has continually focused on the people and society in general.
    • The children first
      In the past year, Panama has made some important and positive headlines worldwide. The country was awarded an investment grade credit rating by both of the globally renown ratings agencies, Fitch Ratings and Standard and Poor’s. Also, the New York Times named Panama as the number one travel destination in 2012. The country also had economic growth of 8 percent from 2006 to 2010, and in 2011 the country’s economy grew 10.6 percent, making it one of the fastest-growing economies in Latin America.
    • Great East Japan earthquake restoration efforts
      March 11, 2011 – This will be a date long remembered by Japan and the world at large. Since the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake that hit the Tohoku area north of Japan, Mitsui & Co. (“Mitsui”) has been conducting various activities in terms of recovery support through social contribution activities and through Mitsui’s core business.
    • Wellness for all: Thinking globally, acting locally
      NovoHealth is a worldwide company program seeking to develop a workplace culture that promotes and supports healthy living for all employees – an opportunity for Novo Nordisk to practice what we preach. NovoHealth inspires healthy living among Novo Nordisk employees as a means to prevent Type 2 diabetes and other lifestyle-driven diseases. NovoHealth gives us an exciting opportunity to bring the organization together across the globe, support our colleagues, address our social responsibility as an employer, and improve business performance.
    • Responsible engagement - Core elements of securing human rights
      Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. (Sakhalin Energy) is the operator of the Sakhalin-2 project, which involves the development of two oil and gas fields offshore from the Sakhalin Island.
    • A journey of passion and innovation toward stakeholder happiness
      Like most other countries across the globe, Korea has many issues to tackle regarding the widening gap between education and wealth levels. To narrow the gap, SK has enacted a wide range of social activities as well as made efforts to drive economic growth as a responsible corporate citizen. But in the process of undertaking such activities, SK soon realized that simple acts of charity are not enough to find an efficient solution to the deep-rooted malaise in society, and that a social enterprise can be a mechanism to address pressing issues and create sustainable values. As the first step toward utilizing such a valuable tool, SK raised KRW 50 billion in 2009 to support social enterprises on a large scale.
    • Addressing the global health issue of zinc deficiency
      Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal, zinc, and energy. The pursuit of sustainability guides Teck’s approach to business. The company, which is based in Vancouver, Canada, is building partnerships and capacity to address sustainability challenges within the regions in which it operates and at the global level.
    • My first license - I know my road rules
      Road accidents have become source of global concern. Whether you are a driver, passenger, or a pedestrian, your safety is at risk while using roads. According to the World Health Organization, road traffic accidents kill and injure millions of people every year – it is one of the top three causes of death globally. More startling is that the number of deaths and disabilities from road traffic accidents are increasing yearly, despite increased safety features in modern automobiles and improved road infrastructure.
    • Diversity - A success factor for Bosch
      People in over 150 countries all around the world – including men and women of many different backgrounds, individual lifestyles, and generations – are working for Bosch. This diversity brings real benefits for our company, and it is essential for our successful business performance in the long term. Numerous studies have shown that increased diversity leads to more innovation, better problem-solving, and greater creativity.
    • Making it humanly possible for young people to succeed
      Global youth unemployment stands at record levels and significantly outstrips that of joblessness rates for other age groups. Everywhere you look, the numbers are deeply troubling. The latest statistics from the International Labour Organization put the global youth unemployment rate at more than 81 million workers – 40 percent of the total unemployed. The developing world, with generally younger populations, is disproportionately affected. According to the ILO, the highest regional youth unemployment rates exist in the Middle East and North Africa, where close to one out of every four young people are out of work.
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    • Reconciling air traffic growth with climate protection
      The aviation industry’s share of global emissions of anthropogenic CO2 is around 2 percent, which is partly due to the continued growth of air transport. Since 2007, Air France-KLM has been implementing a “climate plan” – a strategy to aggregate the actions already undertaken within the Group in addition to further actions to fight climate change.
    • The Argan program in Morocco
      With the integration of Cognis and its active ingredients business, Laboratoires Sérobiologiques (LS), BASF has broadened its product portfolio based on renewable raw materials in the last years. One of renewable raw materials is Argan oil from Morocco.
    • Making responsible use of a scarce resource: Water
      The globe today faces a series of major challenges: How can we safeguard high-quality food and good healthcare? How can we tackle climate change and save resources? How can we provide as many people as possible with access to clean water? All these central questions, reinforced by the steady growth of the world population, have a direct impact on the Bayer Group. This is because healthcare, nutrition, and materials used for many daily life products are our core business, including contributions to climate protection and resource efficiency. I am convinced that holistic approaches and innovative solutions are the key to coping with such global challenges and to finding the right balance between economic growth, social welfare, and environmental stewardship. At least this is what we are striving for at Bayer.
    • Less is more
      Less is more – This applies especially where the environment is concerned. Less energy consumption means more climate protection, because using energy efficiently is the fastest and easiest way to save energy and avoid CO2 emissions. This applies to all areas of life – including the “little things”. With super-efficient home appliances, every household can reduce its power and water consumption considerably. And that benefits our climate and our budgets.
    • Habshan 5 – Going green
      Over the years, the Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) has participated in and contributed to the countries and communities in which it has operated. Contributions have come in the form of monetary and in-kind donations. The “Habshan 5” project is an example of CCC’s sustainable engagement.
    • The German experiment
      The German government has decided to phase out nuclear power without making any changes to its climate protection targets. This means that all of us will have to strengthen our efforts to achieve more energy efficiency by searching for additional potential that will enable us to reach the climate protection targets without relying on nuclear energy. There is no doubt about it: CO2 emissions will continue to rise globally. This fact makes us aware of the enormous responsibility that we have for the sake of the environment.
    • Essent contributes to a bio-based economy
      According to Essent, innovation is the key to a sustainable energy transition. That is why the company invests a great deal of time and energy in the development of innovative sustainable energy applications. In 2011, Essent therefore started a pilot location for this purpose that is intended to contribute to the development of a bio-based economy.
    • Saving energy and reducing emissions at Penshibao
      For more than two decades, we have been committed to research on foliar fertilizer. We have developed a new generation of efficient, environmentally-friendly, highquality, and residue-free foliar fertilizer by conducting extensive tests in grain-producing areas in China via the Ministry of Agriculture. The findings have greatly improved the fertilization technologies of China and even the whole world, changed farmer’s fertilization habits, and promoted the sustainable development of the environment.
    • Climate protection drives innovation
      Climate change is one of the greatest global challenges faced by government, business, and society. It also brings specific opportunities and risks for the transportation and power engineering sectors. The MAN Group is active in both industries and produces trucks, buses, diesel engines, turbomachinery, and special gear units in 13 countries around the world. MAN is thus in a position to make a significant contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions. At the same time, the company is confronted with the increasingly ambitious CO2 reduction targets set by policymakers and with growing customer expectations – in the transportation sector in particular.
    • The technology brought cleaner air and new jobs to facture
      Residents of Facture, a city in southwest France, have been breathing cleaner air since October 2010. A biomass-fired combined heat and power plant – which is one of Europe’s largest and represents Metso’s latest technology – was commissioned at the energy company Dalkia’s new biomass power plant, located at the local Smurfit Kappa paper mill. For Metso, a global engineering and technology company, this delivery was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate its ability to support its customers in combining business objectives and environmental targets.
    • MTN Nigeria leads the way in environmental sustainability
      No one can miss the rustic ambience of Odo-Eku, a village in Kwara State, northcentral Nigeria. Bounded on all sides by undulating hills and all-year-round lush vegetation, the ecosystem of Odo-Eku and its environs has largely been preserved. To ensure that the environs remain untainted – despite the construction of a Base Transceiver Station under MTN’s Rural Telephony Scheme – MTN has ensured that the site will be powered by solar energy and heavy duty batteries. Odo-Eku is not the only village that will be connected.
    • Changing the way corporations source energy
      WindMade™, the first consumer label for wind energy, is moving the discussion from how much energy a product uses during its lifetime to the embodied energy of the product. Created to drive the global adoption of wind energy, WindMade™ is designed to inform consumers about the source of the energy used to make the products they buy and thus encourage corporations to source renewable energy to run their operations and production. Launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2011, WindMade™ is backed by the UN Global Compact, Vestas Wind Systems, WWF, Global Wind Energy Council, Bloomberg, the LEGO Group, and PwC.
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    • Bakery “La Casa del Pan” / Ecobusiness school program
      “La Casa del Pan” is an entrepreneurship project funded entirely by CAMPOSOL. It aims to provide economic and social development opportunities for young people through a strategic partnership with the Youth, Arts and Development Association, which is comprised of young people from Nuevo Chao, a nearby community.
    • Preparing airports for disasters
      Deutsche Post DHL has committed itself to continuously support the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact. Equally, Deutsche Post DHL undertakes actions in support of broader UN goals and issues, especially as they relate to disaster management and humanitarian assistance. In this approach Deutsche Post DHL closely cooperates with the United Nations to amplify the efforts of other contributors.
    • Community development and sustainability
      Since its founding in 1957, FURNAS has been working toward the development of Brazilian society by generating and transmitting electrical energy. Today, the company runs a complex of 15 hydroelectric power plants, two thermal units, and a transmission system responsible for 40 percent of the electrical energy consumed in Brazil. As a participant in the Global Compact, the company promotes activities for the sustainable development of the communities in the vicinities of its installations, upholding the Ten Principles of the Global Compact.
    • GDF Suez rassembleurs d’energies for access to sustainable energy for all
      The GDF SUEZ Group, the world’s largest utility, is seeking to combat poverty and economic disparities with the launch of the GDF SUEZ Rassembleurs d’Energies initiative. This global initiative promotes access for the poorest populations to energy and essential services and supports the reduction of energy poverty. It provides socially responsible investment, donations, as well as technical and managerial assistance, with the GDF SUEZ Group coordinating these various tools in support of social entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations.
    • Meeting the global water challenge
      As the world’s largest food and beverage company, Nestlé depends on reliable access to clean water at every level in order to maintain our ability to meet consumers’ needs. Our long-term success depends on effective management of water resources that supply our everyday business operations and support the livelihoods of suppliers and consumers. We apply a lifecycle approach to assess the impacts of our own operations and those along the wider value chain from farmer to consumer, thereby creating shared value to both Nestlé and society.
    • FDS™: A small-scale farming revolution
      Hundreds of millions of smallholders are struggling to survive from subsistence farming in developing countries across South America, Asia, and Africa. Given the lack of water infrastructure throughout these and other areas, there is a critical need to make the most of the limited available water sources in such regions. In response, OECD countries, international donors, and NGOs have been promoting technologies such as drip irrigation, which optimizes resources, enhances global food security, and promotes sustainable productivity.
    • Prevention of HIV and AIDS among the youth
      Since 2007, Rogers has been committed to the fight against HIV and AIDS among Mauritian 15- to 24-year-olds. Through an inclusive method based on evaluative studies and stakeholder dialogs, the Group contributed to the country’s progress in this nationally coordinated fight.
    • Slum upgrading in São Paulo
      With a population of about 20 million people, São Paulo is the fifth largest urban agglomeration in the world. The rapid rural-to-urban migration following the industrialization that took place during the mid-20th century has led to an immense urban population increase. Today, 75 percent of the Latin American population live in urban areas. The city’s infrastructure cannot satisfy the needs of that rapidly growing population.
    • Promoting sustainability among our suppliers
      In accordance with its sustainable development approach and its commitment to the Global Compact Principles regarding environment, Carrefour has created a self-assessment tool to support its suppliers implementing sustainable development practices. Adapted to small and medium-sized enterprises, this tool covers all the areas of a company activity, covering environmental and social issues.
    • Managing CSR within the supply network
      The TMS Group continues to expand and enhance both its inherent responsibility in corporate social responsibility and that of all our external supply chain partners. This is a daunting task for an organization that continues to establish itself as one of the premier sourcing organizations for apparel and fashion accessories in Asia. This includes a company structure of operations and sales offices in the United States, Hong Kong, China, India, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. The TMS Group’s extended supply network supports and services a global customer base, marketing products on five continents and in more than 45 countries – in virtually every corner of the globe.
    • Riseability
      Yüksel has been one of the major contractor companies in the region around Turkey for almost 50 years. As a group of companies, Yüksel is also a pioneer in terms of its efforts toward sustainability. Following in the spirit of RiseAbility –Yüksel’s concept of sustainability – Yüksel was the first company in the region to publish a GRI-based sustainability report in its sector. Yüksel also became the first company in its sector to publish an ethical code of conduct and to measure its carbon footprint. What reshaped Yüksel’s CSR vision and changed it from a quality-oriented philanthropic company to an exemplary corporate citizen about sustainability was Yüksel’s participation in the UN Global Compact in 2006.
    • Education, community, and social equality
      Arab African International Bank believes in investment in youth for a better future and realizes that its influence as a leading private institution has grown in parallel with its competitiveness. Arab African International Bank was the first bank in Egypt and the region to launch an education program for undergraduates in various universities across the country and offers awards for creative ideas.
    • Bradesco and accessibility for the population
      In its operations as one of the largest private Brazilian banks, Bradesco makes financial inclusion one of its main business priorities and considers this an important factor in its corporation positioning.
    • Green delta reaches the 26th year of its journey in the insurance sector
      In January 2012, Green Delta Insurance Company Ltd. (GDIC) celebrated its 26th anniversary after being incorporated on December 14, 1985, as a public limited company. The actual operation of the company began on January 1, 1986. At that time, the company only had capital of Bangladeshi Taka (BDT) 30 million. Green Delta Insurance Company Ltd. now holds about BDT 510.3 million.
    • Supporting the development of youth entrepreneurship in the United Kingdom
      The RBS Group has been a signatory of the UN Global Compact since 2003, and in 2010 our Head of Sustainability became Chair of the UK Network; working to promote the Global Compact’s Ten Principles among UK industries and the wider UNGC community. We support the Compact as we believe that the resources available to businesses can be leveraged to create sustainable development and a more sustainable economy – on both a local and global scale.
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