The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact

The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact are derived from the international documents:

— the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,

— the International Labour Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work,

— the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development,

— the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.

Human Rights

1. Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and

2. Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.


3. Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;

4. The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;

5. The effective abolition of child labour; and

6. The elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.


7. Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;

8. Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and

9. Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.


10. Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.