Founded by then Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the United Nations Global Compact is a special initiative of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General and the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. It is a call to companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance broader societal goals aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.
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In 2017, in line with its recently developed 2020 Global Strategy and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN Global Compact undertook a year-long Governance Review. This review, which governs the relationship between the UN Global Compact and Local Networks, led to an evolution of the UN Global Compact’s governance framework with the aim to make the Compact fit for purpose to deliver on its mandate to “mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholder to create the world we want,” rather than a radical restructure. The updated framework is found below: