Progress Reports

Communication on Progress (COP)

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.

What are the minimum requirements for a COP in terms of content?
  • A statement by the chief executive expressing continued support for the UN Global Compact and renewing the participant’s ongoing commitment to the initiative and its principles.
  • A description of practical actions that the company has taken to implement the ten Global Compact principles.
  • The COP should be written in the predominant stakeholder language(s).
What are the different levels of COP?

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:

Global Compact Active Level

Global Compact Advanced Level

Guidance on COP Submission
How do I submit a COP?

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 (office@globalcompact.at).

Official COP Policy (adopted on 1 February 2011)

Click here to view the official UN Global Compact COP Policy.

Communication on Engagement (COE)

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.

What are the minimum requirements for a COE in terms of content?
  1.  A statement by the chief executive or equivalent expressing continued support for the UN Global Compact.
  2. A description of the practical actions that the organization has taken to support the ten universal principles and engage with the initiative. Click here for a list of activities suggested by the UN Global Compact.

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.

  • Click here to download the basic COE template (English) and here for further information.
  • Click here to view the official UN Global Compact COE Policy.

 

How do I submit a COE?

A PDF file of the COE must be uploaded to the UN Global Compact website. To do this, you need to log in to your participant profile on the Global Compact website and upload your COE under the appropriate heading.

>>Click HERE for a step-by-step guide on how to upload your COE.

What happens if no COE is uploaded before the deadline expires?

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.

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