The United Nations Global Compact: Achievements, Trends and Challenges

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Andreas Rasche, Georg Kell
Cambridge University Press, Jun 16, 2010 - Business & Economics - 439 pages
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The United Nations Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative that encourages businesses to support ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labor standards, the environment, and anti-corruption. It is the world's largest voluntary corporate responsibility initiative with more than 7,500 business and non-business participants in over 130 countries. This book reviews the first ten years of the Compact's existence (2000-2010) by presenting exclusively commissioned chapters from well-known scholars, practitioners from the business world and civil society, and Global Compact staff. They reflect on what the Global Compact has achieved, what trends it may have to respond to, and what challenges are ahead. The book contains not only up-to-date reflections but also debates recent changes to the structure of the Compact, including the Communication on Progress policy, the role of Global Compact Local Networks, and the role of emerging specialized initiatives.
  

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Contents

the United Nations Global Compact
1
reflections on
12
Making sense of the United Nations Global Compact
23
The United Nations Global Compact Environmental
59
the Business Leadership Platform
80
challenges and trends
101
Implementing the United Nations Global Compact
115
Academic institutions and the United Nations Global
144
The United Nations Global Compact as a learning
234
The United Nations Global Compacts governance
251
The United Nations Global Compact Communication
265
the case of Petrobras
281
Building the United Nations Global Compact Local
317
The United Nations Global Compact as a Network
340
insights
355
Building corporate citizenship through the United Nations
370

Corporate responsibility and the business school agenda
161
the link
182
Financial markets and the United Nations Global
195
Learning from the Roundtables on the Sustainable
215
from alleviating the negative impacts
386
Bibliography
403
Index
423
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Andreas Rasche is Assistant Professor of Business in Society at Warwick Business school and, since 2007, has worked as a consultant to the United Nations Global Compact office in New York. He received his Ph.D. in strategic Management and corporate Responsibility from the European Business School, Germany. His research focuses on global governance and transnational organizational regulation in the context of contested global issues. He has published widely in leading international journals on corporate responsibility and has guest-edited special issues of various journals.
Georg Kell is the Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact. His career with the United Nations began in 1987 at the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva. in 1997, Mr Kell joined the office of the UN Secretary-General in New York, where he spearheaded the development of new strategies to enhance private sector engagement with the work of the United Nations. As one of the Global Compact's key architects, he has led the initiative since its launch in 2000. A native of Germany, he holds advanced degrees in economics and engineering from the Technical University of Berlin.

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