Partner Resources

UN Global Compact Publications and Reports

A Framework for Corporate Action on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Provides a framework for developing, implementing, and disclosing policies and practices on biodiversity and ecosystem services that are integrated into corporate sustainability strategies. (UNGC, International Union for Conservation of Nature, 2012)

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The Business Case for the Green Economy: Sustainable Return on Investment

Presents data and a collection of case studies demonstrating the financial benefits for companies that transition to a more resource efficient green economy. The report argues that integrating sustainability into core activities can generate a positive return on investment and create the socio-economic and environmental conditions necessary for business to grow and operate successfully. (UNEP)

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A Global Compact for Sustainable Energy: A Framework for Business Action

The Framework aims to motivate and guide business engagement and action in support of the Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative. In keeping with the initiative’s 2030 targets, the Framework seeks to identify where different industries can have the most significant impact – through their core business operations as well as product and service development; through social investments and philanthropy; and through advocacy and public policy engagement. (UNGC, 2011)

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Advantage Energy: Emerging Economies, Developing Countries and the Private-Public Sector Interface

Access to energy does not only include electricity, does not only include cook stoves, but must include access to all types of energy that form the overall energy system. This paper chooses to examine this energy system using a typology that breaks it into 3 primary energy subsystems: heat energy, electricity and transportation. Describing the global energy system using these three subsystems provides a way to articulate the differences and similarities for each system’s required investments needs by the private and public sectors. (UNGC/IEA, 2011)

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Environmental Stewardship Strategy – Overview and Resource for Corporate Leaders

Presents integrative approach to managing a variety of key environmental issues, designed to help companies develop a comprehensive environmental strategy, following an 8-step model. (UNGC/Duke University, 2010)

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Meeting Report – United Nations Leadership Forum on Climate Change

The UN Leadership Forum on Climate Change was convened on 22 September 2009, held in conjunction with the UN Secretary-General’s Summit on Climate Change. At the Forum, chief executives and civil society leaders met with Heads of State and Government to convey a clear message on the need for a global climate agreement. This report summarizes the proceedings of the event. (UNGC, 2009)

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Unchaining Value – Innovative Approaches to Sustainable Supply

This report explores how supply chains function in order to identify new approaches to building sustainability capacity at the local supplier level, as well as identifying initiatives that will encourage and enable consumer demand for more sustainable solutions. The analysis also considers the challenges facing supply chains when it comes to making responsible choices in the face of competition for limited natural resources. (SustainAbility/UNEP/UNGC, 2007)

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Measuring Business Success from Sustainability Certification

This project, a joint effort by the Global Compact, the Rainforest Alliance and a group of leading companies, aims to develop and test a methodology that companies can use internally to analyze their investments in sustainability. Ultimately, the study aims to provide businesses with a refined tool that will enable them to integrate an analysis of the financial value of certification schemes into their strategy development and planning process. (UNGC/Rainforest Alliance, 2007)

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Talk the Walk – Advancing Sustainable Lifestyles Through Marketing & Communications

An overview of research and statistics on consumers’ attitudes and behaviors in the context of the success of “green” products and sustainable lifestyles marketing strategies. Based on an in-depth analysis of marketing strategies and campaigns from both small alternative companies and mainstream groups in industries such as clothing, cosmetics, detergents, food retail, automotive or water management, the study identifies key factors of success and provides a toolbox to practitioners. (UNGC/UNEP/Utopies, 2005)

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The Global Compact Environmental Principles Training Package

Launched at the 2005 China Summit, the Global Compact Environmental Principles Training Package provides a practical kit for trainers, managers and employees to improve their understanding of how to implement the three environmental principles. It provides an up-to-date introduction to corporate environmental responsibility and makes the link with quality management. The package contains a set of training modules, case studies, sources for further information and PowerPoint slides related to each of the module sessions. (UNGC/UNEP, 2005)

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UNEP Publications and Reports

Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication

The Green Economy Report is compiled by UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative in collaboration with economists and experts worldwide. It demonstrates that the greening of economies is not generally a drag on growth but rather a new engine of growth; that it is a net generator of decent jobs, and that it is also a vital strategy for the elimination of persistent poverty. The report also seeks to motivate policy makers to create the enabling conditions for increased investments in a transition to a green economy.

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Are you a Green Leader?

This brochure sets out how companies can be part of the solution, and can take steps that benefit their business while contributing to our future survival on the planet. (UNEP DTIE/UNEP-WCMC, 2010)

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CEO Water Mandate Publications and Reports

Water as a Casualty of Conflict: Threats to Business and Society in High Risk Areas

Examines the unique nature of water challenges in conflict-affected or high-risk areas and how the management of water resources can in turn affect business operations and society – particularly through its potential to exacerbate conflict. (Pacific Institute/UNGC/PRI, 2012)

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Water Action Hub

To be launched in August 2012, helps companies efficiently identify potential collaborators and engage in collective action to improve water management in regions of strategic interest. This online platform will include a simple mapping function that visually places organizations’ water-related projects within river basin maps. Along with geographic location, Hub users will also characterize themselves by providing information about their organization, the scope of existing water collaborations and projects, and the water challenges they are most interested in working collectively with others to address. (UNGC CEO Water Mandate, 2012)

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Guide to Responsible Business Engagement with Water Policy

Outlines five principles for responsible business engagement in water policy: (1) responsible engagement should be driven by a genuine interest in efficient, equitable, and sustainable water management; (2) there should be a clear division of public and private sector roles; (3) responsible engagement promotes inclusiveness and meaningful partnership; (4) business should recognize the connections between water and other policy arenas; and (5) companies must be transparent and accountable for their actions. (UNGC/Pacific Institute, 2010)

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The Human Right to Water: Emerging Corporate Practice and Stakeholder Expectations

In July 2010, the UN General Assembly recognized access to safe drinking water and sanitation as a human right. Two months later, the UN Human Rights Council affirmed this right by a consensus resolution. This white paper is designed to provide information that will inform both how individual companies can respect the human right to water, as well as how the Mandate itself can meaningfully contribute to business’ ability to effectively address this issue. (UNGC/Pacific Institute, 2010)

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Framework for Responsible Business Engagement with Water Policy

Assists companies in responsible water policy engagement, providing core principles, strategies, and operational practices. (UNGC/Pacific Institute/WWF/Government of Germany, 2010)

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Corporate Water Accounting – An Analysis of Methods and Tools for Measuring Water Use and its Impacts

A stocktaking and assessment of existing and emerging water accounting methods and tools being used in the private sector. (UNGC/UNEP/Pacific Institute, 2010)

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The CEO Water Mandate – An initiative by business leaders in partnership with the International Community

A group of leading global businesses will present the CEO Water Mandate, a strategic framework for action that covers several focus areas, ranging from supply chain and watershed management to community engagement and transparency. The framework’s action recommendations include production strategies, water-utilization audits and incentive systems for water recycling, the development of a water-sustainability agenda, and inclusion of the GRI guidelines in corporate reporting. (UNGC, revised 2010)

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Strategic Partner Publications and Reports

Supplier Management in a Low-Carbon Economy CDP Supply Chain Report 2012

The CDP Supply Chain program provides a global system that allows companies with vast supply networks to collect business-critical climate change information from their suppliers.  The program currently has 50 members, of which the majority are located in North America or Europe. In 2011, CDP collaborated with these members to gather information on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 1,864 global suppliers. (CDP, 2012)

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Business Resilience in an uncertain World CDP Global 500 Climate Change Report 2012

CDP’s Global 500 Climate Change Report 2012 investigates whether companies are strategically focusing on climate change and its long-term impact to business.  Co-written by PwC on behalf of 655 institutional investors representing $78 trillion in assets, the report provides an annual update on greenhouse gas emissions data and climate change strategies at the world’s largest public corporations. This year 81% of corporations from the Global 500 responded to the CDP questionnaire. (CDP, 2012)

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Leadership for a Clean Revolution

Proposes a vision for leadership in the coming decade in order to unlock the Clean Revolution – the swift and massive scaling up of clean energy technologies and infrastructure and the change in design and behaviour required to create jobs, boost economic growth and secure a better, more prosperous future. (The Climate Group, 2012)

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Consensus and Cooperation: China’s Role in the Clean Revolution

Evaluates China’s sustainable development successes to date, the challenges it still faces, and the steps that it could take to help shape international efforts towards a smarter, better, more prosperous future. (The Climate Group/Chinese Academy of Science, 2012)

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