Companies, public sector organizations, NGOs, academic institutions, private foundations, labour and trade unions and business and industry associations are all eligible to participate in the Global Compact Network Austria. Certain sectors and companies are subject to special criteria.

How do organizations join the Global Compact?

Antrag zur Teilnahme:

Unternehmen verfassen eine  Beitrittserklärung, den sogenannten “letter of commitment”. Dieser Brief muss vom CEO des Unternehmens unterschrieben werden und anschließend auf der offiziellen UNGC-Webseite hochgeladen werden, über die auch die Registrierung erfolgt.



Nach erfolgtem Beitritt müssen Unternehmen alljährlich einen Fortschrittsbericht (Communication on Progress) erstellen, in welchem sie über gesetzte Maßnahmen im Bereich der 10 Prinzipien des UN Global Compact berichten.

Non-business organizations

NGOs, public sector organizations, academic institutions, private foundations, etc. are also required to submit a Letter of Commitment signed by the chief executive or equivalent. This is uploaded to the UN Global Compact website. Once the application has been accepted, organizations with headquarters in Austria also automatically become members of the Global Compact Network Austria. Further details about the application process can be found here.

What commitments are involved in membership?

By joining, organizations signal their commitment to the ten universal principles of the UN Global Compact as well as the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. They pledge to embrace, uphold and advance the principles and SDGs within their sphere of influence.


After signing up to the Global Compact, companies are required to publish an annual Communication on Progress (COP) reporting on the measures they have taken in support of the ten Global Compact principles and the SDGs.  The company’s sustainability report can also be used for this purpose. At present there is no financial obligation associated with becoming a participant. However, UN Global Compact Headquarters asks all business participants to make a voluntary annual contribution in return for unlimited use of all UN Global Compact resources.

At global level there are discussions regarding the possible introduction, effective from 2018, of a compulsory cost contribution for companies with a turnover of more than USD 50 million.

Non-business organizations

Non-business organizations are required to submit a Communication on Engagement (COE) every two years, reporting on the measures they have taken in support of the initiative. There are no financial costs associated with becoming a participant.

How do organizations leave the UN Global Compact?
Ending participation voluntarily

Signatories wishing to leave the initiative are required to address a letter to this effect to the UN Global Compact Headquarters in New York. Companies participating in the Austrian local network only should address their departure letter to office@globalcompact.at. Please contact us if you have any questions or feedback about this policy.

Expulsion from the UN Global Compact

Companies who fail to issue a Communication on Progress (COP) one year after the last submission and non-business organizations who fail to issue a Communication on Engagement (COE) two years after the last submission will have their participant status downgraded from active to non-communicating.  After a further 12 months, non-communicating participants are expelled from the UN Global Compact.

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