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Dear All,

2017 is moving in fifth gear at the GCNC and all hands are on deck. Earlier this month, International Development Week was celebrated across Canada and I am so glad to see the spotlight shine on the SDGs.

I am also excited to announce that the results for our second 
SDGs survey have been tabulated and they could not be more interesting. Some of the highlights include growing interest in SDG 13 “Climate Action” and SDG5 “Gender Equality”. There has also been a staggering desire for collaboration by nearly all our respondents. Participation in the 2017 SDG Survey also grew by 168% over last year’s survey! We have just released the report, please take a look.

Participation in the survey was not the only thing that’s been growing. Our confirmed speakers for the 
Gender Equality Forum 2017 has nearly doubled in size since my last letter and I couldn’t be happier to welcome them. Each of them adds an extra dimension of excitement to the event and together they represent a truly diverse set of perspectives on the issues of gender equality.

It is no surprise that available seats for the Forum have been diminishing fast as registrations continue to pour in. I would like to thank our 
sponsors for their dedication to achieving gender equality and contributing to the success of the event. I must say that the interest has been overwhelming and I couldn’t be happier to see how serious our Canadian private sector is about making a difference. As always, the GCNC is glad to accommodate new sponsorship opportunities and please send me an email at if you are interested in sponsoring this high-level forum.

Last month, I quoted the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein in saying “knowledge is in the end based on acknowledgment”. At the GCNC, we believe our audience has the loudest voice of acknowledgment. For this reason, we have opened voting to decide who will be the 7 recipients of the 
Gender Equality Awards. If you haven't done so, please do vote for your favourite entries as public voting closes on March 3rd. The first two months of 2017 passed in a flash and so much has been accomplished already. I have a good feeling about the remainder of the year. Stay warm and let’s keep in touch.

Warm regards,

Helle Bank Jorgensen
Global Compact Network Canada
The Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) is pleased to announce that The Gender Equality Awards 2017 Ceremony will be held at The Gender Equality Forum 2017 in Toronto on April 3rd and 4th.
The purpose of the Awards is to recognize and share the efforts of businesses who are aiming to achieve Sustainable Development Goal #5 Gender Equality and helping to advance the 7 Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). There are in total 7 categories and there will be 7 winners.

Public voting has started and will end on March 3rd. Please do vote if you haven't done so!
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Welcome New Participant: CPA Canada

It is with great pleasure to announce the joining of a new Canadian Participant to the Global Compact Network Canada: CPA Canada.

The GCNC extends a warm welcome to our new Participant. We look forward to working with you and please spread the word and help others to join the Network.


Certificate in Anti-Corruption Compliance Program Management

The GCNC is offering a Certificate in Anti-Corruption Compliance Program Management. As part of the GCNC Academy, this Certificate identifies you as a professional who is proficient in planning and implementing an Anti-Corruption Compliance Program.

To obtain the certificate, interested candidates must attend all 9 training e-session and complete 8 subsequent quizzes.
This certificate is free for GCNC Participants.

Interested candidates can also participate in the training e-sessions separately without obtaining a certificate.

GCNC Participant, The Micronutrient Initiative, Celebrates 25 Years of Impact

2017 marks an important milestone for our Participant, the Micronutrient Initiative, as it marks its 25th Anniversary

Since 1992, the Micronutrient Initiative (MI) has focused on reducing 
micronutrient deficiencies, specifically tackling nutrition challenges faced by women, children and adolescent girls. MI is able to make a difference because they believe nutrition is the difference. Since their modest beginnings, MI has evolved into a global nutrition organization helping to reach 500 million people with improved nutrition.

Explore their interactive timeline to learn more about MI’s 25 years of impact:

SDG Survey 2017 Report

In the latter half of 2015, the Global Compact Network Canada launched its initial SDG survey to gauge the awareness of Canadians on the UN global goals. In 2017, the GCNC is following up and exploring additional variables to understand trends and the new initiatives Canadian organizations are taking across 36 different industries.

Download this comprehensive report which contains the analysis of the 2017 survey results and how they compare to previous survey results.

The GCNC is preparing a publication, containing a collection of letters to Canada’s future generation of leaders, and we want to include yours as a gift for Canada's 150th Anniversary this year!

We have received letters from many individuals and organizations who want to show what they envision and what they hope to achieve for future Canadians 150 years from now or when we achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Please see letters from UNICEF Canada, Accenture, Aimia Inc., and more.

If you want to share and document your vision for the future, please submit your letter before March 3rd, 2017 to have it published on the GCNC website in March 2017. If you can't submit a letter, we welcome you to nominate someone who can!

New e-Chapters of Anti-Corruption e-Book with Regional Focus To Be Published

Pre-register to receive free anti-corruption e-chapters that will teach you what you need to know in terms of corruption to conduct business in different regions of the world.

Corruption is an international plague, and your company must learn how to prevent corruption and protect itself when undertaking business transactions or other business activities in regions where corruption is more prevalent – or even the normal way of business.

As new additions to the e-book “
Designing an Anti-Corruption Compliance Program: A Guide for Canadian Businesses", these four new e-chapters look at corruption from an international perspective and outline anti-corruption measures that you should know about if you were to do business in Middle East, Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.
February 28, 2017

SDG Survey 2017 Webinar

In late 2015, the GCNC conducted its first SDG survey that generated a large number of insightful responses, which helped Canadian businesses, the Government and civil society organizations to identify opportunities to strategically adopt the SDGs.

Now, in 2017, the GCNC conducted another SDG Survey to understand the potential changes in the prioritization of the SDGs – since the earlier survey, and understand how Canadian organizations are implementing initiatives to embed the SDGs into their operations, as well, how they track and report on their progress thus far.

In this webinar we will be discussing our findings from the new survey, comparing the results from the earlier survey. As Canada turns 150 this year, we will also take a look at the vision that Canadians have for Canada 15 and 150 years from now and where the SDGs fit in this vision.
February 28, 2017

Certificate in Anti-Corruption Compliance Program Management – Training e-Session #7 Training & Education

In this training e-session, you will learn about the importance of training in the planning and implementation of an anti-bribery and corruption program.

During the session, instructor Ray Haywood, Director and Practice Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, will share real life experiences to illustrate how companies have addressed the various components of training to assist participants with their own training programs.
March 7, 2017

Implementing the SDGs: Seizing the Opportunity


This webinar will explore the role of business in relation to the SDGs.

Are the SDGs attainable? And if so, which obstacles do business need to overcome to seize the opportunity? Our expert panel will give their perspective on this topical issue and take questions from the audience.

Speakers include:

Elisa Tonda, UN Environment
Helle Bank Jorgensen, Global Compact Network Canada
Samantha Mesrobian, Scotiabank
Erin Levey, eRevalue
March 27-28, 2017

Ethical Corporation's 5th Responsible Business Summit

Ethical Corporation is partnering with Global Compact Network Canada to drive the movement for responsible business, CSR and sustainability execs to link purpose to profit.
The Summit offers three focused tracks all shaped to uncover the REAL potential for CSR to drive profit, accelerate growth and change culture. Over 200 delegates will attend from Coca Cola, Zendesk, Heineken, HSBC, Salesforce, Bacardi, Oracle, The New York Times, Vita Coco, Dell, Adobe, Salesforce, KEMET Corporation, HSBC, Interface, Bloomberg, VF Corporation and 45+ senior level speakers.
We have secured a $200 discount off tickets for GCNC Participants, please contact Jules at for the discount code.
Contact for more information on the summit.
Date: March 27-28, 2017
Location: Brooklyn Marriott Hotel
March 30, 2017

WeConnect International Gala

The WEConnect International Gala will be an evening celebration to honor the work of our corporate members and women’s business enterprises, as well as our partners and supporters in the women’s economic empowerment space.

Our guest list will include representatives of Fortune 500 Companies, diplomats, government officials, business leaders and organizations committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.

The evening will feature a reception and formal dinner with prominent speakers, live entertainment, and opportunities to connect with our incredible network while overlooking the White House and downtown Washington, DC.

Date: March 30, 2017
Location: Washington, DC
April 3-4, 2017

The Gender Equality Forum 2017

Take action along with fellow leaders from business, government, and the United Nations to scale up gender equality and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals at The Gender Equality Forum 2017.

Brought to you by the Global Compact Network Canada, the UN Global Compact, and UN Women, this high-level forum will provide attendees with ample networking opportunities and the chance to witness a historical moment where an “Action Agenda” will be set to help advance the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and SDG #5 (gender equality).

Date: April 3-4, 2017
Location: Deloitte Toronto Office (22 Adelaide Street West, Suite 200, Toronto)

New UN Global Compact Global Strategy

As the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, the UN Global Compact is a leading catalyst to bring the full weight of the private sector to the SDGs to meet the 2030 deadline. The UNGC is devoting its capacities and global network to make it happen – based on the Ten Principles that the UNGC is built upon.

To do so, the UNGC has shaped a new global strategy for engaging business to deliver on UN goals at unprecedented scale and impact.

Read Lise Kingo's Annual Letter »

UNGC 2017 Tool Box

The UNGC is offering an extensive toolbox – including best practice resources, executive briefings, new action platforms and events – designed for companies anywhere along their sustainability journey, from beginners to leaders.

We encourage everyone to take advantage of this toolbox and allow it to support your business' efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 10 Principles of the UNGC.


Global Connections TV - Interview with Lise Kingo

Executive Director Lise Kingo sits down with Bill Miller of Global Connections Television to discuss the UN Global Compact's call to companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals.

Disruptive Technologies Can Drive Corporate Sustainability Efforts

Disruptive technologies and digital infrastructure have the potential to solve some of the world’s most pressing risks and to transform industries. These include safeguarding the planet's soil and water, and improving inequality and education.

This is the main conclusion of the 2017 Global Opportunity Report, released today by DNV GL, Sustainia and the United Nations Global Compact. The report also demonstrates the commitment of the global business community towards taking action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 agenda.

Society Join Forces to Promote Women's Economic Empowerment

Over 150 business leaders, civil society representatives, government officials and UN agencies gathered on January 16 in Geneva to underscore the importance of multi-stakeholder collaboration to bring down legal barriers to women’s economic empowerment. Convened by the UN Global Compact, UN Women, the International Trade Centre, the East-West Center and International Gender Champions Geneva, the high-level event drew attention to obstacles to women’s participation in the workplace, marketplace and community, and explored the economic and business imperative to address these challenges.

Pamela K. Hamamoto, US Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, concluded the session with a call to action, urging participants to take bold steps to empower women economically around the world.

Business Solutions for Sustainable Development: Case examples from Global Compact LEAD Companies

Showcases core business solutions to address global challenges. This compilation of case examples features Global Compact LEAD companies that have taken action to advance sustainable development.

Partnership Passport: Your Journey in Partnering with the UN

The UN Global Compact is calling on companies everywhere to take action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in partnership with the UN, governments and civil society. The Partnership Passport is your guide to finding new partnerships and enhancing existing ones. With 10 inspiring examples of UN-Business collaboration, tips to plan your own partnerships, and directions for finding UN partners to work with, your journey awaits you.
                   B.Accountability       Baker & Mckenzie            Barrick Gold CorporationBellDeloitte Canada     Scotiabank      Teck Resources     Telus      Unilever Canada
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