Companies who join the UN Global Compact are required to submit an annual progress report, the so-called Communication on Progress (COP). The COP demonstrates that the participating companies are working to implement the ten principles of the UN Global Compact and taking concrete measures to improve their corporate responsibility and sustainability performance.
GC Active Level COP
GC Active Level COPs meet the minimum requirements for communicating a company’s progress in implementing the ten principles. The Basic Template contains practical suggestions and examples to help you prepare and submit your COP.
Small and medium-sized enterprises (< 250 employees) may submit an Express Communication on Progress (COP).
GC Advanced Level COP
Participants submitting a GC Advanced Level COP prepare a detailed progress report on CSR measures taken within the organization. The 24 Advanced Criteria act as a basic framework for compiling the Advanced Level COP.
The following links provide further information about the different COP levels:
How do I submit a COP?
In order to be considered an official submission, your COP must be uploaded to the UN Global Compact system. To do this, you need to log in to your participant profile.
>>Click HERE for a step-by-step guide and video on how to upload your COP.
Micro-enterprises, who may only participate in the Global Compact Network Austria, should e-mail their COP to the GC Network Austria office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Official COP Policy (adopted on 1 February 2011)
Click here to view the official UN Global Compact COP Policy.
Non-business organizations are required to submit a Communication on Engagement (COE) every two years. This progress report is a public disclosure of their efforts to support the UN Global Compact and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report is addressed to the organization’s stakeholders.
Qualitative or quantitative measurements of results.
The format for COEs is flexible. COEs should be written in the language(s) of the organization’s predominant stakeholder group.
If no COE is uploaded before the deadline expires, the status of the non-business participant is changed to non-communicating. If no COE is issued within a further 12 months of this status downgrade, the non-communicating participant will be expelled from the UN Global Compact.