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UN Global Compact Russia

The UN Global Compact


The UN Global Compact’s governance framework was adopted by then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on 12 August 2005. The resulting governance framework distributes governance functions among several entities so as to engage participants and stakeholders at the global and local levels in making decisions and giving advice on the matters of greatest importance to their role and participation in the UN Global Compact, and to reflect the initiative’s public-private and multi-stakeholder character.

In 2017, in line with its recently developed 2020 Global Strategy and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN Global Compact undertook a year-long Governance Review, co-led by Lise Kingo, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact and Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact Board, and carried out by Carnstone Partners LLP. The 2017 Governance Review was informed by an extensive consultation process involving UN Global Compact stakeholder interviews, presentations, webinars and online engagements. 300 stakeholders were consulted in total, including Local Networks and Governments. This review led to an evolution of the UN Global Compact’s governance framework with the aim to make the Compact fit for purpose to deliver on its mandate to “mobilize a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholder to create the world we want,” rather than a radical restructure.

The UN Global Compact Board, appointed and chaired by the United Nations Secretary-General, is designed as a multi-stakeholder body, providing ongoing strategic and policy advice for the initiative as a whole and making recommendations to the Global Compact Office, participants and other stakeholders. It comprises four constituency groups — business, civil society, labour and the United Nations.

Board members are champions willing and able to advance the Global Compact’s mission, acting in a personal, honorary and unpaid capacity. Drawing in particular on the expertise and recommendations of its business members, the Board is also expected to play a role in the implementation of the Global Compact’s integrity measures. In addition to their overall Board responsibilities, the civil society and labour constituency groups are expected to provide close liaison to their communities and share insights into the most recent trends and best practices of corporate sustainability in their respective domains.

Sanda Ojiambo

Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact

H.E. António Guterres

Chair, Secretary-General, United Nations

Ms. Bola Adesola

Vice-Chair, Managing Director & CEO, Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria

Mr. Paul Polman

Vice-Chair, CEO, Unilever

Ms. Clara Arpa Azofra

CEO, Arpa Equipos Móviles de Campaña

Mr. Patrick Chalhoub

CEO, Chalhoub Group

Mr. John W.H. Denton

Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Mr. Ren Hongbin

Chairman, China National Machinery Industry Corporation (SINOMACH)

Mr. Guilherme Peirão Leal

Founder and Co-chairman of the Board, Natura Cosméticos S/A

Ms. Flora Mutahi

Founder & CEO, Melvin Marsh International Limited

Mr. Roberto Suarez-Santos

Secretary-General, International Organisation of Employers (IOE)

Mr. Francesco Starace

CEO & General Manager, Enel SpA

Mr. Jean-Pascal Tricoire

Chairman & CEO, Schneider Electric

Ms. Inger Andersen

Director General, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Ms. Sharan Burrow

General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

Ms. Sandra Wu

Wen Hsiu, Chairperson and CEO, Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd.

Mr. Philip Jennings

General Secretary, UNI Global Union

Ms. Patricia Moreira

Managing Director, Transparency International

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart

Chairman, Foundation for the Global Compact

Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro

President & CEO, Global Fund for Women

Joining the Global Compact Network Russia – the Association “National Network of the Global Compact” – opens for the UN Global Compact participants additional opportunities – those mentioned above and stated below.