News of Global Compact Network Switzerland

Der Bundesrat hat heute die revidierten Aktionspläne 2020-2023 zur gesellschaftlichen Verantwortung der Unternehmen und zu Wirtschaft und Menschenrechten gutgeheissen. Der Bund fördert die Umsetzung der verantwortungsvollen Unternehmensführung. Sie ist ein wichtiger Beitrag zur nachhaltigen Entwicklung und zur Lösung gesellschaftlicher Herausforderungen. Das Global Compact Netzwerk Schweiz begrüsst die Verabschiedung dieser beiden Aktionspläne und freut sich über die Unterstützung und Berücksichtigung durch den Bundesrat.

Aujourd'hui, le Conseil fédéral a adopté les plans d’action révisés pour la période 2020-2023, l’un concernant la responsabilité des entreprises à l’égard de la société et de l’environnement et l’autre concernant les entreprises et les droits de l’homme. La Confédération encourage la mise en œuvre d’une conduite responsable des entreprises, qui fournit une contribution importante au développement durable et concourt à relever les défis de société. Le Global Compact Network Suisse salue l’adoption de ces deux plans d’action et se réjouit du soutien et de la considération que le Conseil fédéral lui témoigne.

The high level United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights was held in Geneva from 25th to 27th November 2019. More than 2'000 participants attended the annual forum and addressed how the business sector can help advance sustainability practices. Along with that, a new report was published — "Navigating the Future of Business and Human Rights: Good Practice Examples" - addressing how companies can embed human rights into their corporate strategies and advance people-centred solutions to growing global challenges.

LISBON — The United Nations Global Compact joined technology companies and startups at the Web Summit 2019 to explore how innovative business solutions and disruptive technologies can help deliver the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. 

Speakers at the SDG Media Zone included Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact and Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister, along with a diverse group of CEOs, tech industry leaders and more. The Swiss Network, along with many other local networks, was present at 'The Social Responsibility Week' as well as the UNGC's Annual Local Network Forum to discuss present issues and strategies of the UNGC.

The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises are one of the most comprehensive multilateral code of conduct for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Specific guidelines are developed for implementation at company level.

Now, a due diligence guide for responsible corporate lending and securities underwriting for financial institutions has been published by the OECD. It contains practical implementation tips on, among other things, prioritising risks, stakeholder engagement, dealing with confidentiality provisions and also on a possible dissolution of a customer relationship.

The Swiss National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines will hold a public, practice-oriented workshop on this subject in the first quarter of 2020. 

Our joint Helpdesk for sustainable business was launched on 11th October 2019 with two webinars that introduced the brand new opportunity for any sustainability professional to consult a pool of experts on business sustainability questions. Read more...

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