We are the Canadian network of the United Nations Global Compact.
Launched in June 2013, as the Canadian network of the UN Global Compact (UNGC), the Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) is dedicated to assisting Canadian organizations with the advancement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 10 Principles of the UNGC.
In Canada, the GCNC is spearheading the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 10 Principles of the UNGC. In doing so, it unifies and builds the capacity of the Canadian private sector to embrace sustainable business practices by convening and accelerating opportunities for multistakeholder collaboration.
The GCNC is a federally incorporated not-for-profit organization. It is self-governing with a Board of Directors.
The GCNC’s vast Network allows us to host interactive e-sessions, in-person panels, roundtables, and other discussions on latest corporate responsibility topics with a wide range of stakeholders from government, civil society, corporations, unions, and indigenous groups to facilitate dialogue and engage greater action.
The Network allows participating companies to seek best practices and draw from a pool of webinars, white papers, reports, and e-books on various of sustainability topics, created by over 13,000 UNGC Signatories from over 170 countries.
The GCNC network enables its Participants to engage in meaningful dialogue, share emerging solutions, showcase thought-leadership, and exchange and receive feedback on reporting through our acclaimed Sustainability Reporting Peer Review Program.
”The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact embody the key issues facing global employers, such as those in the extractive sectors and operating in low governance zones around the world. The launch of the Canadian Network is an important step that will bring together those in the business community to share best practices on how to operationalize the principles and advance the agenda. ”
Managing Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP
To offer Canadian businesses and non-business sectors a unique opportunity to learn and exchange best practices in corporate sustainability, both within the Canadian Network and among global peers. In doing so, we build the capacity of the Canadian corporate sector and empower companies to embrace the 10 Principles of the UN Global Compact and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals within their national and global operations.
As the Canadian Network of the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative, the GCNC raises awareness and supports the implementation of the 10 UN Global Compact Principles and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) by Canadian companies.
The Global Compact Network Canada is committed to:
- Promoting the best practices of Canadian companies globally;
- Collecting and sharing the best practices of global companies with Canadian Network participants;
- Facilitating dialogue between Canadian signatories and participants and the UN Global Compact;
- Connecting Canadian companies to the broader UNGC network through 160+ countries and 13000+ signatories;
- Encouraging and supporting the formation of cross-sector and multi-stakeholder partnerships.
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Dear GCNC Participants and Friends,
I was fortunate to hear Georg Kell, the Former Executive Director of the UN Global Compact (UNGC), speak in New York around the time of the UN Global Compact’s launch in 2000. At the turn of the millennium, after decades of anti-corporate backlashes over environmental and human rights issues, the private sector was ripe for change. Companies were eager to become more sustainable and were looking for guidance on how to become better global citizens.
At this critical time, the UN Global Compact stepped in to fill this void. It was the first initiative to combine human rights, environment, anti-corruption, and labour issues, creating a holistic platform to engage private sector leaders in solving the world’s most complex social and environmental problems.
Over the last 15 years, I have watched the UNGC grow and evolve to meet private sector and societal needs globally. Today, many leading companies have realized that business cannot succeed in societies that fail, and that to ensure long-term prosperity companies must strive to be “architects of a better world.” The UNGC provides businesses a globally recognized platform and the practical guidelines and tools to become good corporate citizens.
In Canada, I have found many companies are yearning for collaboration, and looking for tools and guidelines to become more sustainable. The launch of a Canadian local network is a leap in the right direction for Canadian companies and I am honored to be leading this initiative as Head of the Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC).
My hope is that this network will bring together leaders across multiple industries and sectors, including governments and non-governmental organizations; and build the capacity of the Canadian private sector to embrace sustainable business practices.
While I believe that Canadian companies have a lot to gain from the global knowledge of the UNGC, they also have many skills and expertise to offer to the UNGC community. The GCNC will allow Canadian companies to leverage the best practices of their global and local peers, and will put Canada on the map in terms of sustainability.
I am confident that the Global Compact Network Canada will empower Canadian companies to make significant changes toward sustainability over the coming years, and I invite business, non-business, community, and government leaders to join us in becoming ‘architects of a better world.’
Helle Bank Jorgensen