What you need to know in Corporate Sustainability this month.

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Upholding Freedom of Association and the Effective Recognition of the Right to Collective Bargaining
Creating a Market for Mainstream SDG Investments
Becoming a Business Leader on the Global Goals
Implementing a Human Rights Impact Assessment and Embedding Results into Your Company’s Operations


2018 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights (Geneva)
Innovation in Plastics - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
COP24/CMP14: High-Level Meeting of Caring for Climate (Katowice)



  Sustainability Reporting Trends and Best Practices  

Welcome New Signatories & Participants

SDGs Emerging Practice Guide

The Global Compact Network Canada is looking for SDG practices from companies to be included in an SDGs Emerging Practice publication and to participate in SDG Peer Reviewing Groups! Will you join us?

In partnership with Global Affairs Canada, the SDGs Emerging Practice Guide aims to include good practice examples for each of the 17 SDGs from Canadian businesses across all sectors.

The initiative will be combined with the 2019 SDG Leadership Awards. The top peer-reviewed entries for each of the 17 SDGs will be eligible to receive the annual 2019 SDG Leadership Award.

2019 SDG Leadership Awards

The SDG Leadership Awards is Canada’s premier Awards event for recognizing organizations and businesses who are doing exceptional work to integrate and advance action towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

At the 2019 SDG Leadership Awards, the Global Compact Network Canada will collect entries from businesses across sectors and highlight some of the amazing progress that both the private and public sectors have made towards solving the most pressing environmental, social and economic challenges of our time.

New Program Launch: Peer-Learning Roundtables

The Global Compact Network Canada is launching a new program in 2019 to encourage peer-to-peer sharing of good practices and challenges.

The Peer-Learning Roundtables will be an intimate peer-to-peer learning opportunity for companies to share good practices and explore innovative solutions to tackle common challenges with other industry peers.

This program is only available to companies who are GCNC Network Supporters. Engagement fee starts at CAD $3,000.

Meeting with the Minister of Status of Women

In Toronto, on October 31st, 2018, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, the Minister of Status of Women, met with Global Compact Network Canada and companies in its network to identify ways to develop strategic partnerships for gender equality. The government understands that complex social issues like gender equality cannot be solved alone and companies are well positioned to drive change among social norms and economic opportunities for women.

Global Compact Network Canada at the Vancouver International Film Festival

On October 6th, GCNC's President Emeritus and Senior Advisor, Helle Bank Jorgensen was invited to speak at the Vancouver International Film Festival for the Sustainable Production Forum.

This intensive two-day conference at the Vancouver International Film Festival served as a platform to put sustainable production in the spotlight, both in a local and international context.

Helle Bank Jorgensen, Global Compact Network Canada's Founder, named one of Canada's 2019 Clean50

Canada’s 2019 Clean50 awarded Helle Bank Jorgensen, Global Compact Network Canada’s Founder and President Emeritus, as one of the 50 individual leaders who have contributed the most to enhancing sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada over the past 2 years.

Business leaders join Heads of State and UN Secretary-General to discuss peace, human rights and advancing the 2030 Agenda

More than 120 Chief Executives from leading businesses around the world joined Heads of State and Government and leaders from both the United Nations and civil society today to explore innovative solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of our time as part of the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2018 during the 73rd regular session of the UN General Assembly.

UN Global Compact recognizes most engaged companies at Leaders Summit 2018

The UN Global Compact is pleased to announce the businesses that have been recognized as Global Compact LEAD companies for demonstrating ongoing commitment to the UN Global Compact and its Ten Principles for responsible business.
November 20

Upholding Freedom of Association and the Effective Recognition of the Right to Collective Bargaining

What does it mean to uphold freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining (Principle 3 of the UN Global Compact)? Does your company have operations, business partners or suppliers based in countries where such rights are heavily restricted and need to better understand how to take action?

In this Academy session, experts from the International Labour Organization and the business community will share insights on how these instruments of good governance foster cooperation and economic performance. They will discuss how the instruments can help create an enabling environment for the realization of Goal 8 on Decent Work at the national level, as well as practical steps your business can take to address challenges across its operations.
November 29

Creating a Market for Mainstream SDG Investment

The ambitious goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development call for innovation and transformational solutions. Companies must rethink their business models and the role of disruptive technologies to push beyond conventional and incremental solutions to global sustainability challenges. New mindsets are a precursor to business transformation.

In this Academy session, innovation experts and leading businesses will help you develop your innovation skills by introducing you to the Breakthrough Mindset and provide practical tips for aligning your innovation processes with the Global Goals.​
December 11

Becoming a Business Leader on the Global Goals

With the deadline of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development fast approaching, urgent and ambitious action is needed from all stakeholders so that we can achieve the Global Goals. Businesses must take bold action in order to maximize their positive impact, and all companies — regardless of their size, sector, or geography — have the potential to be leaders.

This Academy session will provide you with a framework for setting your company apart and explore how five leadership qualities — Ambition, Collaboration, Accountability, Consistency and Intentionality — can be applied to business strategies, models, products, supply chains, partnerships and operations in order to raise the bar and create impact at scale.
December 12

Implementing a Human Rights Impact Assessment and Embedding Results into Your Company’s Operations

Are you trying to deepen your understanding of how your business impacts human rights? Are you currently considering or preparing a human rights impact assessment (HRIA)?

In this Academy session, experts will guide you through the process of carrying out HRIAs with examples from various sectors. The session will walk you through the actions to be taken at each stage of the process to engage both internal and external stakeholders. You will also learn about best practices for conducting the HRIA process with integrity and about ways to ensure that the lessons learned are felt and implemented across the company.
November 28

Innovation in Plastics - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Plastic has been an invention that has been seen until recent years as the perfect material for product packaging. However, its strengths are also its weakness. Businesses are increasingly looking at plastic reduction, closing the loop and finding more sustainable and less impactful substitutes.
To help you tackle the plastics and packing debate, 4 senior leaders are ready to share their strategies for innovation via an interactive webinar debate.

Join Ethical Corporation on Wednesday, November 28th, at 9am ET for a free online webinar with:
  • John Kotlarczyk, Senior Director, CSR & Waste Reduction, Walgreen Boots Alliance
  • Jennifer Ronk, Sustainability & Advocacy Manager, Dow
  • Michael Colarossi, Vice President, Innovation & Sustainability, Avery Dennison
  • David Clark, VP, Sustainability, Amcor
Moderated by: Amy Glawe, Manager of Technology, Winpak Portion Packaging
In this 1-hour webinar, you will learn how innovative businesses are tackling the plastics challenge
  • Circular plastic – Closing the loop on plastic waste
  • Reducing your plastic use
  • Future packaging – Finding the substitute for plastic
  • Educate communities on plastic waste and recycling
Can’t join? Sign up anyway to receive the full post-webinar recordings
November 26 - 28

2018 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights (Geneva)

The annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights is the global platform for yearly stock-taking and lesson-sharing on efforts to move the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights from paper to practice. The central theme of the 2018 Forum is “Business respect for human rights – building on what works.”

The programme also features sessions for new audiences and discussions on broader policy trends that consider the role of the business and human rights movement in today’s political and social contexts around the world.
December 4

COP24/CMP14: High-Level Meeting of Caring for Climate (Katowice)


The UN Global Compact together with UN Environment and UNFCCC secretariat will convene the annual High-Level Meeting of Caring for Climate at COP24/CMP14 inviting senior executives of business and finance, civil society, the UN and Governments to identify key levers of action necessary to accelerate low-carbon and resilient development. The meeting serves as a high-level stakeholder consultation – with a focus on private sector engagement – to inform and articulate the ambitious role business can play in the lead up to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in 2019

This gathering will help identify concrete actions, partnerships, and initiatives the private sector can undertake to mobilize greater ambition and stronger leadership to urgently recalibrate to well-below 1.5 Celsius in support of a zero carbon trajectory. A new paper on climate ambition will be presented, inspiring bold government policies and private sector leadership through 'ambition loops' to help enhance Nationally Determined Contributions and the Sustainable Development Goals. ​

Sustainability Reporting Trends and Best Practices

The Best for 2018 showcases today’s global trends and best practices in sustainability reporting, backed by extensive analytical research and clear insight on what it takes to create an effective and engaging reporting program. With a sample of over 100 global leaders based in 12 sectors, and nine topics ranging from integration and frameworks (including the Sustainable Development Goals), to storytelling and digital strategy, this research summary offers statistical trends, best practice examples and strategic viewpoints from reporters and analysts.  

Integrating the Sustainable Development Goals into Corporate Reporting: A Practical Guide

Outlines a three-step process to embed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into existing business and reporting processes. It helps business to better report their impact on the SDGs and address the information needs of relevant stakeholders. This Guide follows an approach that is aligned with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the GRI Standards.

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UN Global Compact Progress Report 2018

Provides an assessment of how companies in the UN Global Compact are adopting the Ten Principles and taking action to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals. Based on data collected in the UN Global Compact annual survey and other sources, the report takes stock of how companies are performing when it comes to integrating the Ten Principles into their strategies and operations. The report also offers a review of current progress on each of the Global Goals and considers impact measurement opportunities.

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