The United Nations Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainable development initiative. The aim of this global movement of businesses, policymakers and civil society is to realise the vision of a more sustainable and inclusive global economy. The central elements of the UN Global Compact are a commitment to upholding the ten universal principles and to supporting the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The ten principles cover the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.
Organizations who join the UN Global Compact pledge to work towards implementing the ten universal principles and advancing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. After joining, business enterprises are required to report annually on their ongoing CSR efforts. Non-business organizations report on progress every two years.
At country level there are over 80 Global Compact Local Networks, which act as national facilitators and provide organizational support for the initiative.