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GCNS - Newsletter July 2017

Greetings from the Secretariat


Dear Members and Friends 


We are happy to send you some network news.

On the 24th of August, we organize for the first time an event with a field visit. We focus on agricultural practices in Switzerland. On the 13th of September, we’ll have our first sharing&learning on dilemma situations with Trafigura.

On the 14th of September, we will be “Addressing human rights and security challenges” with ICRC, the Human Security Division of the Federal Administration and DCAF.

And finally have a look at our two trainings on business and human rights due diligence in English and in German (especially for SMEs). If you know persons who could be interested in any of these, then please let them know.


We added also some references about our past events, publications and partner events and the UN Global Compact.


Have a nice summer time!



Antonio Hautle                             Alice Harbach-Forel


GCNS Value Proposition

The board and the programme committee have elaborated the new value proposition (VP). Many of you gave feed backs. The VP will help us to explain our mission and our services.

Please make use of it, distribute it and invite companies and individuals to join our events and our network. You can order German and English hard copies of the VP-flyer from the secretariat. A French and Italian version will follow. Download the online VP in English and in German

UN Global Compact strategy and new business model

All members received a letter from Lise Kingo on the 21st of June. The 2018 toolbox explains the platforms, activities and the future business model. All members must choose to be either a Participant or a Signatory member of the UNGC. From 2018 onwards, there will be only one membership for the UNGC and the local Network (Global Compact Network Switzerland GCNS). We will provide you with more information after the summer break. See also the UNGC Bulletin July 17. If you have questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SDG Survey

The Swiss Federal Administration is making a survey on the implementation of the SDGs in Switzerland. We invite all our members to fill in the survey by the 20 August in French or German. Fill it in here (register first, then fill in). For details, see the press release.

CSR Action Plan of the federal council

SECO has now reported on the implementation of the CSR Action Plan of the Federal Council. Here are the details (choose your language).

SECO has put a focus on CSR in its latest publication of the “Die Volkswirtschaft”. Several GCNS members and A. Hautle contributed to this edition. You can download it here (German and French). Hardcopies can be ordered in the Secretariat.


24 August 2017, Lully (FR)

Sharing & Learning Session on the field: Good agricultural practices - making a global commitment a local success


25 August 2017, Zurich

Training: Introduction into the UN Global Compact and CSR


13 September 2017, Geneva

Sharing & Learning on Dilemma Situations: "Lessons from the field: navigating complex impacts, perspectives and dilemmas - The Trafigura Example" - for UNGC members only


14 September 2017, Zurich

Workshop: business, security and human rights – addressing human rights and security challenges – from principles to practice


27-28 September 2017, Bern

Training: Human Rights Due Diligence in practice


16 October 2017, Zurich

Sharing & Learning: Lohngleichheit in der Praxis: « Equal Salary Zertifizierung »


19 October 2017, Lausanne

Training: Impact Leadership Program 


2 November 2017, Zurich

Training: Menschenrechtliche Sorgfalt in der Praxis


6-8 November 2017, Winterthur

Public event: PRME Fachtagung und DACH Chapter 


7 December 2017, tbd

Training: Introduction into UNGC and CSR

Past events

General Assembly and Public Event in Basel

We thank Novartis for hosting our general assembly 2017! It was a very interesting event on SDG 3 (Good health and well-being) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the goals), surrounded by very good hospitality in a superb location.
We add the minutes of the GA and the results presented by the student association Sneep on the SDG engagement of our SME members.
The public event on “Business and the SDGs” had been registrated by Diaspora TV and can be downloaded here.
A summary with some pictures you can find here.


Caux Forum 29th June to 2nd of July

The «Caux initiatives of Change» invited us to their first “Ethical Leadership in Business” forum. We organized a workshop on SDGs. More information you can find here and on linkedIn.

Partner Events

18 August 2017, Zurich

Gründungsevent und 1. Business Lunch der Klimaplattform der Wirtschaft Zürich


13 September 2017, Zurich

Amt für Abfall, Wasser, Energie und Luft AWEL "Messen, optimieren, profitieren – MEM-Betriebe auf dem Weg zu mehr Ressourceneffizienz"


Please find more Partner Events here


publications and links

Branchenführer Umweltwirtschaft: Akteure der Schweizer Umwelt- und Cleantechbranche (download)

Magazin Umwelt: Geld Bewegt (download)

Consumer campaign:

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