News of Global Compact Network Switzerland

The Working Group Sustainable Supply Chains by GCNS and öbu was officially launched in Bern on the 5th of February 2019. A big thank you from us to all the participants for their contributions and active participation. We would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to Joseph Känzig from BAFU for the very enlightening presentation on the environmental hotspots in the supply chains of Swiss companies.

Die Sklaverei gibt es auch in der Finanzwirtschaft. International fliessen riesige Geldsummen über das Bankensystem, die mit Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit erwirtschaftet wurden, oder mit denen in Waren und Dienstleistungen investiert wird, in deren Lieferketten moderne Sklaverei oder Menschenhandel vorkommt. Die Liechtenstein Initiative sucht Wege, wie Finanzinstitute solche Finanzströme aufspüren und diese in Zukunft vermeiden können. 

The GEL Summit 2018 was held at the UN, organized by the Wildhearts Group in partnership with the International School of Geneva.

GCNS Executive Director Antonio Hautle and other global leaders were brought together to inspire students from diverse backgrounds on the importance of Responsible Business and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighbourhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world."

Eleanor Roosevelt, 1958

On 28 November 2018, 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 enables companies to conduct due diligence with respect to human rights in conformity with the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights as well as related OECD Due Diligence Guidances. It was jointly elaborated with companies from the sector, NGOs and the canton of Geneva.

GCNS was a part of the Women at Work- conference where effective tools for women's economic empowerment and the critical role of the private sector were discussed. With Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (Executive Director UN Women) and panelists Simona Scarpaleggia (CEO Ikea Switzerland), Mary Ellen Iskenderian (CEO Women's World Banking), Muriel Lienau (CEO Nestlé Switzerland) and Thomas Gass (Vice Director Swiss Agency Development and Cooperation).

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director UN Women addressed some of the challenges for Women At Work: unequal pay, unpaid work, mobilizing men and concluded with a strong message: "We know what works but we need to scale up in order to bring changes! The pace of change is too slow!" 

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