The UN Global Compact encourages you to create a culture of integrity across your business or organization, from strategy to operations. More than 10,000 participating companies and 3,000 non-business participants have already embraced the commitments of the UN Global Compact. To join them as part of the world’s largest global corporate sustainability initiative, you must voluntarily pledge to:
Effecting change begins with your organization’s leadership. To participate in the UN Global Compact, we require a commitment from your chief executive (or equivalent, for non-business entities) – with support from the Board. This commits your organization to meet fundamental responsibilities in four areas: human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. All four areas are important; responsible businesses know that good practices in one area do not offset harm in another.
Accountability also matters. We require all participants to produce an annual Communication on Progress that outlines your efforts to operate responsibly and support society. This could be part of your sustainability or annual report, or another public document. We post these communications on our website, too – and more than 28,000 have been issued by our participants to date
Does your company have fewer than 10 employees?
Due to administrative limitations, micro-enterprises, which we define as those organizations with fewer than 10 employees, and not currently able to join the UN Global Compact. Such organizations are still encouraged to align with the Ten Principles and the ambition of the SDGs. Exceptions can be made by Network USA for micro-enterprise businesses that can demonstrate a long-term business relationship with the United Nations or are otherwise publicly recognized for the exceptional leadership in advance the Ten Principles and the SDGs.
Is your organization a non-business?
The UN Global Compact is multi-stakeholder but very much business led. We welcome non-businesses to join the UN Global Compact and especially encourage those non-businesses with a mission to support corporate responsibility and sustainability. When applying, please highlight the ways in which your organization enables corporate sustainability.
Is your organizations an academic institution?
Academic institutions are welcome to join the UN Global Compact, particularly those that support an enabling environment for corporate responsibility and sustainability. However, we ask that you first consider a commitment to our sister initiative focused on the role of academic, United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (UN PRME).
Is your company an institutional investor?
A commitment to the UN Global Compact from institutional investors is meaningful and encompasses your company's values across the organization. It complements a commitment to our sister initiative United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI), which focuses on your investment decision making as they align with ESG principles.
What is the required financial contribution?
Financial contributions from participants is based on company revenue tier, such that larger companies pay more than smaller companies. The tiers are broken down below. Companies with less the $50 million in revenue are given the option to engage at the Signatory Tier, which does not mandate a financial contribution but merely suggests it. Contributions for participation in the UN Global Compact from US companies are made to Network USA.
Global Compact Network USA is a 501c3 incorporated in Delaware and registered to do business in New York State and as such contributions to the Network are tax deductible as allowed by law.
Non-businesses are welcome to make donations to the UN Global Compact via Network USA, but suggest donations are not currently required for participation.