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GCNS - Newsletter January 2018

Greetings from the Secretariat


Dear members and friends of the UN Global Compact

We wish a very good 2018 to all of you!

We are happy to support you in your engagement for the 10 UN Global Compact Principles and the Sustainable Development Goals. Together we will continue to bring forward sustainable, responsible and therefore successful business - a business, we all want to work for with enthusiasm.

Last year, our local network organized 24 public activities. We intensified our partnership with the Swiss Federal Administration in several fields and published together the “Guidance on OECD Guidelines”. We also had many direct meetings and contacts with our members. And we look forward to being in contact with you in the year 2018. To get a taste of our planned activities for 2018, please have a look at our list of services for members

Please let us know, what you need, what is most helpful for your daily work to make CSR and sustainable business happen in your companies, in Switzerland and worldwide.

Our objective: principled and sustainable business will become daily normal business. For this, we need many more companies engaging with us. We count on your engagement – it will motivate other companies, associations and NGOs to join and to engage.

We are looking forward to meeting you soon!

Antonio Hautle  & Alice Harbach-Forel


news from the Gcns 

Services for members

In 2018 we are planning new services for our members. Several activities are already in the pipeline such as a “Tour de Suisse on responsible business and the SDGs”, several dialogues on CSR and the SDGs together with the Swiss Federal Administration, sharing & learnings events, working groups and CSR trainings and webinars.

For more details please have a look at our list of services 

news from the ungc

New Membership Structure

The new UNGC strategy officially started on the 1st of January 2018. All UNGC Members are now also Members of the local Network. We have invited you to choose your membership status “Participant” or “Signatory”. We will get in contact with all members, who did not choose their status yet. If you have any questions, contact Alice or Antonio.

 → Choose your engagement tier

News from the Federal Administration

Preventing corruption – Information for Swiss businesses operating abroad

SECO has published a brochure on corruption in international business transactions. The brochure can help companies to become familiar with the applicable regulations of the Swiss criminal law. It highlights the effects of corruption on businesses and proposes measures that can be taken to prevent and actively combat corrupt conduct. The legal terms are illustrated by different real-life scenarios.

 → Go to brochure

JPO vacancy for Swiss nationals

Swiss young professionals with a master’s degree, minimum three years of professional experience and an interest in starting a career in the multilateral system are invited to apply for the following position:

Programme Analyst (Economic Empowerment) (P-2)

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, UN Women, Tbilisi
Application deadline: open
Note: Men are strongly encouraged to apply.
Open to Swiss nationals only, the application procedures for Swiss JPO programmes are less competitive than global young professional programmes.  

 → Go to add

GCNS ​Upcoming Events & Trainings

28 February 2018, Zurich

Public Event: Responsible Business – Menschenrechtliche Sorgfaltspflichten für Unternehmen

21 March 2018, Bern

Training: Introduction into the UN Global Compact and CSR in partnership with the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO

27 June 2018, Lausanne

Training: Introduction into the UN Global Compact and CSR


3 December 2018, Zurich

Training: Introduction into the UN Global Compact and CSR 

Partner Events & trainings

5 March - 6 April 2018, online

Foundational Course on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

15 - 16 March 2018, Zürich

BSD: Berichterstattung gemäss GRI Standards

10 - 12 April 2018, Geneva

International Conference on Public private partnerships for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

26 April 2018, Lucerne

Ethical Leadership Tagung und Verleihung des Swiss Ethics Awards

Anytime, online

Training on climate change


 → See more partner events 


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