The Ten Principles

THE TEN PRINCIPLES OF UN GLOBAL COMPACT

Corporate sustainability starts with a company’s value system and a principled approach to doing business. This means operating in ways that, at a minimum, meet fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Responsible businesses enact the same values and principles wherever they have a presence, and know that good practices in one area do not offset harm in another. By incorporating the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact into strategies, policies and procedures, and establishing a culture of integrity, companies are not only upholding their basic responsibilities to people and planet, but also setting the stage for long-term success.

 

The new Global Goals result from a process that has been more inclusive than ever, with Governments involving business, civil society and citizens from the outset. We are all in agreement on where the world needs to go. Fulfilling these ambitions will take an unprecedented effort by all sectors in society and business has to play a very important role in the process.

PRINCIPLE 1

Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.

PRINCIPLE 2

Businesses should make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

PRINCIPLE 3

Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.

PRINCIPLE 4

Businesses should uphold the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor.

PRINCIPLE 5

Businesses should uphold the effective abolition of child labor.

PRINCIPLE 6

Businesses should uphold the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

PRINCIPLE 7

Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.

PRINCIPLE 8

Businesses should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.

PRINCIPLE 9

Businesses should encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

PRINCIPLE 10

Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.