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GCNS - Newsletter March 2019

Greetings from the Secretariat


Dear members and friends of the UN Global Compact

On 30th April 2019, Geberit will host our 4th event of the Tour de Suisse on Responsible Business. You will also have the opportunity to view their premises prior the event.


Also please save the date for the 3rd Swiss Global Compact Dialogue and General Assembly taking place on 17th May 2019 in Thun. This year the 3rd Swiss Global Compact Dialogue will focus on the topic of anti-corruption.


We look forward to meeting you soon!

Antonio Hautle & Team


Updates from our network

New Job Alert: Accounts Administrator (20%)

The Secretariat is looking for an experienced Accounts Administrator to join their small team in Zurich.

→ Read the Job Description here


Working Group on Sustainable Supply Chains

GCNS and öbu successfully launched their Working Group on Sustainable Supply Chains in February 2019 in Bern. The next event is scheduled for 2nd May 2019 with focus on Supply Chain risk analysis and sustainable procurement.

→ More information here


GCNS & Amaris Hackathon

Our member Amaris organized a two day event to develop an innovative tool to help our members connect to each other and collaborate to implement the SDGs. We thank Amaris for their efforts and look forward to the results. 

→ More information here


SDG Pioneers Programme

Through the SDG Pioneers programme, the UN Global Compact aims to give young professionals aged 35 and under a platform, who are commited towards building a sustainable future. Many Local Networks are hosting country-level SDG Pioneers programmes this year to seek out young professionals locally who will then compete in a global round. 

If you as a company would like to engage in this programe, we are happy to help you out. 

→ More information here


For more details of our past and upcoming activities, please have a look at our event calender.

Updates from switzerland and around

Commodity Trade sector guidance by the FDFA and SECO

The FDFA and SECO launched the first sector guidance for best practices in the respect of Human Rights specifically designed for commodity trading.
The Guidance is in conformity with the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights as well as related to the OECD Due Diligence Guidances. 

→ More information and access to the report 


European Sustainable Development Week from 30 May- 6 June 2019

You are cordially invited to take part in this initiative. It is a good opportunity to increase your environment's awareness about sustainable development and to familiarise it with the SDGs by planning activities. 

→ You can register your ideas here

strong leadership commitment required

Effecting change begins with the company's leadership. We welcome public commitments by CEOs, who are willing to show that they take their responsbility seriously and are commited to the SDGs. Only if sustainability is fully embedded into business strategies and practices, long-term profitability and viability of the company can be ensured. 

We are happy to have Helvetia as a member, who is commited to aligning their business practices to the 10 UNGC Principles and the SDGs.

Es freut uns, Helvetia als Mitglied zu unserem Netzwerk zählen zu dürfen.

→ Watch the message of the Helvetia CEO / Sehen Sie sich das Statement vom Helvetia CEO an

CSR Resources

CNN Money Switzerland Interview 

Our Executive Director, Antonio Hautle, in conversation with CNN Money Switzerland about the UN Global Compact, Responsible Business Conduct, sustainability in the supply chains, Human Rights Due Dilligence and more.

→ Watch the interview here


Business Sustainability Today Platform

This is an independent digital information and discussion platform on the subject of corporate sustainability and the objectives for sustainable development (SDGs). It  shows innovative and inspiring solutions from companies, projects, products, services and partnerships that contribute to the goals of sustainable development.

→ Access the platform here


UN Global Compact Academy (For UNGC- Participants only)

This  learning platform is designed to enhance your knowledge and capabilities with learning opportunities available regardless of your corporate function or where you are on your sustainability journey. This Academy is exclusively available to UN Global Compact Participants.

→ Explore the Academy


UNGC newsletter 

Get the latest news and updates from the UNGC through their most recent bulletin.

 → Read the bulletin

GCNS/UNGC ​Upcoming Events

24 April 2019, online

Webinar for UNGC- Participants: Adressing the Gender Pay Gap


30 April 2019, Rapperswil/ Jona

Public Event: Tour de Suisse für Verantwortliches Wirtschaften bei Geberit 


26 April 2019, online

Webinar: Einführung Klimamanagement


02 May 2019, online

Webinar: Erstellung des Fortschrittsberichts (Communication on Progress / COP)


09 May 2019, online

Webinar: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in der Unternehmenspraxis


17 May 2019, Thun

Public Event: 3rd Swiss Global Compact Dialogue & General Assembly

Partner Events & trainings

10 May 2019, Basel

Innovate4right: World Humanitarian Innovation Day 2019


27-30 June 2019, Caux

Caux Forum 2019: Ethical Leadership in Business- Rethinking trust in the digital age (EN, DE, FR)


 → See more partner events 


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