BUSINESS CALL TO ACTION
I have great expectations for a year of unity: 2020 marks 20 years of the UN Global Compact uniting business for a better world and the beginning of the “Decade of Action.” A decade of opportunity to deliver the bold vision set out by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — to create a better future for all on a healthy planet.
"...business can make a huge difference. Now is when we together begin to create the tipping points that drive a more sustainable way of life as envisioned in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and measured by the SDGs."
"We need to scale up faster and we need to reach tipping points that will turn corporate sustainability from a nice idea into a practical, mainstream reality for businesses everywhere."
"The 2030 Agenda requires big and small companies to lead the charge towards a more sustainable future, including the investment community who can help steer US$3 to US$5 trillion dollars needed annually to achieve the SDGs."
"Through your leadership, continue your efforts to demonstrate that business is a true force for good. Whatever the world throws our way, let’s navigate towards the SDGs — always guided by our Ten Principles."
"By respecting and supporting universal principles, business participants can play an important role in helping to realize the SDGs."
“Call on all businesses to apply their creativity and innovation to solving sustainable development challenges."
HOW IT ALL ALIGNS
Global Compact Principles
Business should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights, and....
Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.
The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor;
The effective abolition of child labor; and
The elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.