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Communication on Progress

Business participants in the UN Global Compact commit to make the Global Compact ten principles part of their business strategies and day-to-day operations. Companies also commit to issue an annual Communication on Progress (COP), a public disclosure to stakeholders (e.g., investors, consumers, civil society, governments, etc.) on progress made in implementing the ten principles of the UN Global Compact, and in supporting broader UN development goals.

The COP is frequently the most visible expression of a participant's commitment to the Global Compact and its principles. Violations of the COP policy (e.g., failure to issue a COP) will change a participant’s status to non-communicating and can eventually lead to the expulsion of the participant.

All business participants are required to post their COP on the UN Global Compact website and to share it widely with their stakeholders.

The COP requirement serves several important purposes:

  • Advances transparency and accountability;

  • Drives continuous performance improvement;

  • Safeguards the integrity of the UN Global Compact and the United Nations; and

  • Helps build a growing repository of corporate practices to promote dialogue and learning.

Communication on Engagement

On 31 October 2013 the Global Compact introduced a Communication on Engagement (COE) for non-business participants. This reporting mechanism aims to provide non-business participants with an opportunity to engage more actively in the initiative and to better connect with business participants.

The COE is a tool for non-business participants express their commitment through transparency and communicate the ways they advance the Global Compact. In the spirit of continuous improvement and engagement, non-business participants will be required to disclose specific activities in support of the initiative to stakeholders every two years, as well as results.

The COE is a disclosure of specific activities that a non-business participant takes in support of the Global Compact and its results. The COE is a public document uploaded to the Global Compact website. When possible, the COE must be fully integrated in the organization’s main medium of stakeholder communication, such as an annual report.

COE Policy

Non-business participants in the Global Compact will be required to communicate to stakeholders on their activities in support of the initiative within two years of joining – or two years from 31 October 2013 for existing non-business participants, and every two years thereafter. Failure to submit a COE every two years will result in a change of participant status to “non-communicating”. Organizations that do not submit a COE within one year of becoming “non-communicating” will be expelled from the initiative.

The COE must include the following elements:

  1. A statement by the chief executive or equivalent expressing continued support for the Global Compact and renewing the participant’s ongoing commitment to the initiative and its principles.
  2. A description of the practical actions that the organization has taken to support the Global Compact principles and to engage with the initiative. Practical actions should relate to one or more of the specific activities suggested to each type of non-business participant in support of the initiative.
  3. Measurement of outcomes (i.e. qualitative or quantitative measurements of results).

The Global Compact Network was first launched in Kenya in 2005 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with five local businesses. It was re-launched in 2007 to allow for greater private sector ownership, this time in partnership with a trinity of leading private business organizations in Kenya namely Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) & Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE). The secretariat is currently hosted at the Kenya Association of Manufacturers.

Strategic Objective

The strategic objective of Global Compact Network Kenya (GCNK) is to spearhead and catalyze actions aimed at promoting good business practices by building capacity and awareness of ethics, integrity and Corporate Social Responsibility in furtherance of the UN Global Compact’s 10 principles. The Kenya network has gradually evolved to be a platform where businesses come together to:

  • Share best and emerging practices to get solutions to common challenges faced
  • Access UN Global Compact management tools and resources on relevant business issues
  • Explore and form partnerships with a range of stakeholders to scale up initiatives in support of sustainable development
  • Access advice, guidance and trainings on corporate social and environmental sustainability and integration
  • Work collaboratively to lobby government on key thematic issues affecting business such as Corruption, Climate change among others
  • List of Global Compact Network Kenya Members and Code of Ethics Signatories:
  • Strategic Partners:To be provided later after seeking permission

Network Secretariat:

Ms. Betty Maina

Outgoing Network Representative

Phyllis Wakiaga

Incoming Network Representative

Ms. Judy Njino

Network Focal Point

 Business Participation:

The United Nations Global Compact presents a unique strategic platform for participants to advance their commitments to sustainability and corporate citizenship. Structured as a public–private initiative, the Global Compact offers a policy framework for the development, implementation and disclosure of sustainability principles and practices related to its four core areas: human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. Indeed, managing the enterprise risks and opportunities related to these areas is today a widely understood aspect of long-term "value creation" — value creation that can simultaneously benefit the private sector and societies at large.

With over 12,000 business participants and other stakeholders from more than 145 countries, the Global Compact offers participants a wide spectrum of specialized workstreams, management tools and resources, and topical programmes and projects — all designed to help advance sustainable business models and markets in order to contribute to the initiative's overarching objective of helping to build a more sustainable and inclusive global economy.

The Corporate Commitment

The Global Compact is a leadership initiative, involving a commitment by a company's Chief Executive Officer (or equivalent), and supported by the highest-level Governance body of the organization (eg, the Board).

Participation in the Global Compact is a widely visible commitment to the implementation, disclosure, and promotion of its ten universal principles. A company joining the initiative is expected to:

  1. Make the Global Compact and its principles an integral part of business strategy, day-to-day operations and organizational culture;
  2. Incorporate the Global Compact and its principles in the decision-making processes of the highest-level governance body (i.e. Board);
  3. Contribute to broad development objectives (including the Millennium Development Goals) through core business activities, advocacy, philanthropy and partnerships
  4. Communicate publicly (through its annual report or other public document such as a sustainability report) the ways in which it implements the principles and supports broader development objectives – also known as the Communication on Progress; 
  5. Advance the Global Compact and the case for responsible business practices through advocacy and active outreach to peers, partners, clients, consumers and the public at large.

Non-Business Participation:

Non-business participants are an integral to the UN Global Compact. They contribute much needed perspective and expertise that complements the efforts of business participants. Our non-business participants include entities such as civil society organizations, business associations, labour organizations, academic institutions and cities.  Each offer knowledge and thought leadership in shaping special initiatives and workstreams; developing tools and research; setting international labour standards; furthering partnership projects; and helping to hold business accountable with respect to their commitments to the Global Compact and its ten principles.

This section of our website introduces the various categories of non-business entities and how each entity can participate in and engage with the Global Compact. On 31 October 2013 the Global Compact introduced a Communication on Engagement (COE) for non-business participants. The COE is a tool for non-business participants to communicate the ways in which they support the Global Compact.

The COE, to be submitted to the Global Compact website every two years, is a disclosure of specific activities that a non-business participant takes in support of the Global Compact and its results. In this section you will find the suggested list of activities for each type of non-business Global Compact participant.

  1. Academic Participation
  2. Business Associations
  3. Cities
  4. Civil Society
  5. Labour
  6. Public Sector Organizations 

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We appreciate your interest in the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate responsibility initiative.

Please follow the outlined steps to ensure the successful submission of your application. We look forward to working with you towards strengthening corporate citizenship. 

The UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rightslabour, environment and anti-corruption. By doing so, business, as a primary driver of globalization, can help ensure that markets, commerce, technology and finance advance in ways that benefit economies and societies everywhere.

As social, political and economic challenges (and opportunities) — whether occurring at home or in other regions — affect business more than ever before, many companies recognize the need to collaborate and partner with governments, civil society, labour and the United Nations. This ever-increasing understanding is reflected in the Global Compact's rapid growth. With over 12,000 corporate participants and other stakeholders from over 145 countries, it is the largest voluntary corporate responsibility initiative in the world. Endorsed by chief executives, the Global Compact is a practical framework for the development, implementation, and disclosure of sustainability policies and practices, offering participants a wide spectrum of workstreams, management tools and resources — all designed to help advance sustainable business models and markets.

The UN Global Compact works toward the vision of a sustainable and inclusive global economy which delivers lasting benefits to people, communities, and markets.

To help realize this vision, the initiative seeks to:

  1. Mainstream the Global Compact’s Ten Principles in business strategy and operations around the world; and
  2. Catalyze business action in support of UN goals and issues, with emphasis on collaboration and collective action.

The benefits of engagement include the following:  

  • Adopting an established and globally recognized policy framework for the development, implementation, and disclosure of environmental, social, and governance policies and practices.
  • Sharing best and emerging practices to advance practical solutions and strategies to common challenges.
  • Advancing sustainability solutions in partnership with a range of stakeholders, including UN agencies, governments, civil society, labour, and other non-business interests.
  • Linking business units and subsidiaries across the value chain with the Global Compact's Local Networks around the world — many of these in developing and emerging markets.
  • Accessing the United Nations' extensive knowledge of and experience with sustainability and development issues.
  • Utilizing UN Global Compact management tools and resources, and the opportunity to engage in specialized workstreams in the environmental, social and governance realms.


To learn more about the benefits of participation, please click on this link The Importance of Voluntarism

Finally, the Global Compact incorporates a transparency and accountability policy known as the Communication on Progress (COP). The annual posting of a COP is an important demonstration of a participant's commitment to the UN Global Compact and its principles. Participating companies are required to follow this policy, as a commitment to transparency and disclosure is critical to the success of the initiative. Failure to communicate will result in a change in participant status and possible expulsion.

In summary, the Global Compact exists to assist the private sector in the management of increasingly complex risks and opportunities in the environmental, social and governance realms, seeking to embed markets and societies with universal principles and values for the benefit of all.


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