Institutional Partner RFP

Issued by:

Global Compact Network USA, Inc.



Val Smith

Vice-Chair, Board of Directors

Global Compact Network USA, Inc.



Ryan Brandenburg

Project Manager, Framework LLC

Network Contact, Global Compact Network USA, Inc.

(203) 563-0644

Introduction & Background

The Global Compact Network USA, Inc. (“the Network”) is a U.S. 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves as the local network for U.S.-based Signatories and Participants (“members”) and U.S. subsidiaries of non-U.S. members to the United Nations Global Compact. The Network supports the members in their efforts to:  

  • align mission, expertise, and core business objectives with the Ten Principles of the Global Compact;

  • engage with and advance the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and

  • leverage their association with the Global Compact and associated U.N. initiatives.

The Network is supported by a board of directors and third-party providers who support the legal, financial, operational, and engagement functions of the Network. The Network is seeking to engage an independent, institutional partner to serve in a research, organizational management, convening, and advisory capacity in support of the Network and is accepting proposals in response to this Request for Proposal (“RFP”) in order to find a qualified resource.


The objective of this RFP is to locate a resource that will provide the best overall value to the Network. Multiple criteria will form the basis of the Network’s award decision, as more fully described in the Evaluation Factors section of this RFP below.

Submission Guidelines & Requirements

The following submission guidelines and requirements apply to this Request for Proposal:

  1. First and foremost, only accredited academic institutions with demonstrated commitment to corporate social responsibility, sustainable development, or related concepts or engagements should submit proposals in response to this Request for Proposal.

  2. Applicants intent on submitting a proposal should so notify Ryan Brandenburg no later than October 12, 2018.

  3. Applicants must provide a list of at least three engagements and/or partnerships that demonstrate commitment to corporate social responsibility, sustainable development, or similar concepts, including references for each. Examples of work should be provided as well.

  4. Proposal must include an overview of all key personnel (minimum of three) to be associated with this engagement

  5. A price proposal should indicate the total cost of the services described herein, including the number of faculty, staff and fellows (graduate and undergraduate students) committed to the engagement, anticipated activities and time commitment, and compensation requirements.

    • Given that each potential institutional partner will offer unique strengths and capacities, please outline with as much specificity as practicable the activities in which you expect to engage and the value you expect to contribute to the Network.

    • Given the financial resources available to the Network, we are seeking a partner who could provide many of these services as an in-kind donation. Please indicate what portion of the services can be provided as such, as well as the amount of stipend that would be requested from the Network.

  6. Proposals must be signed by a representative who is authorized to commit the applicant’s institution to the engagement should the institution be selected.

  7. If the institution has a standard set of terms and conditions, please submit them with the proposal. All terms and conditions will be subject to negotiation.

  8. Proposals must be received by October 26, 2018 to be considered.

  9. Proposals must remain valid until December 31, 2018.

  10. The Network anticipates selecting at least two academic institutions with which to engage in more in-depth discussions prior to selection, with a view toward selecting one of them for the engagement.


Project Description

The institutional partner serves in an advisory capacity to the Network and its third-party providers on matters relating to research and strategy; operations; communications; member engagement; and board development, governance, and conduct. When requested by the board to do so, the institutional partner may also host Network members at events and, as appropriate or requested, oversee the work of third-party providers in serving the needs of the Network.


The benefits to an institution serving the Network as an institutional partner include:

  • increased visibility among Network members and UNGC staff, with concomitant opportunities for engagement across the Global Compact agenda and platforms, the Ten Principles of the Global Compact, and the UN 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals;

  • access and opportunities to participate in all Network events and programs; opportunities for faculty and students to learn directly from members about business challenges and opportunities associated with the Ten Principles and the Sustainable Development Goals;

  • participation in the development, articulation, and execution of the Network strategy to contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and

  • opportunities to engage with private sector, civil society, and other organizations to advance collective efforts that address pressing sustainable development issues and support the goals of the UNGC and the Network.


Project Scope

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Serve as member of the Network board of directors; a representative of the institutional partner will attend and participate in board meetings by telephone and in person.

  • Engage fellows (graduate or undergraduate students) to support the ongoing initiatives of the Network (, assistance with researching and providing recommendations regarding new-member applications and annual Communications on Progress, the application of UN Global Compact integrity measures, member engagement, company outreach, tracking and reporting, analysis of results of efforts and progress against goals, event assistance, and administrative duties). 

  • Track Network engagement in Action Platforms and provide input on communications and assist in outreach to members together with third-party service providers.

  • Together with the board, Network membership, third-party provider, and UNGC Office, support the articulation of the 2030 UNGC Strategy for Network USA.

  • Provide ongoing strategic advice on the overall Network strategy and implementation thereof.

  • Work together with the board and third-party providers to develop the strategy and tactical plan to adhere to the local network quality standards provided by the UNGC office.

  • Serve as host of two (2) Network events per year at no additional charge to the Network; these could include, for example, workshops, meetups, board meetings, or online meetings. These could be hosted at the institution’s own or at rented facilities.

  • Assist in the production of the Network’s signature event, the annual symposium, and other events as requested, by providing substantive input and recommendations on theme and format and recommending and assisting in the sourcing of speakers.

  • Represent the Network at Global Compact and Network meetings and events, as needed.


The specific activities of the institutional partner to which the Network and the institutional partner agree will be memorialized in a memorandum of understanding to be signed by the parties.

RFP & Project Timelines

The Request for Proposal timeline is as follows:

  • Request for Proposal Issuance - September 17, 2018

  • Deadline to Indicate Interest - October 19, 2018

  • Proposal due - October 26, 2018

  • Selection of Top Applicants / Notification to Unsuccessful Applicants - November 16, 2018

  • Start of Negotiation - November 28, 2018

  • Contract Award / Notification to Unsuccessful Applicants- December 5, 2018


Evaluation Factors

The Network will rate proposals based on the following factors:

  1. Responsiveness to the requirements set forth in this Request for Proposal

  2. Relevant past performance/experience

  3. Samples of work

  4. Commitment and availability of specific point person(s)

  5. Total cost, including an assessment of expected fee and value of in-kind contribution

  6. Technical expertise/experience of applicant and applicant’s staff

  7. Institution’s commitment to corporate responsibility and sustainable development

  8. Relationship to/involvement with the UN Global Compact and its initiatives (PRME, PRI), United Nations agencies, and corporate responsibility organizations

  9. Geographic location of institution’s facilities and venue spaces


The Network reserves the right to award to the applicant that presents the best value to the Network as determined solely by the Network in its absolute discretion.