As the Global Compact National Representative within the scope of the United Nations Global Compact activities in Turkiye, held its first meeting this year, Yılmaz Argüden, Chairman of ARGE Consulting, the first Turkish signatory of the Global Compact, was selected as the National Representative of the Global Compact Local Network.
The Steering Committee, which is formed by the representatives of the institutions that have carried out effective work and paid close attention to Global Compact since 2005, held the meeting on March 4, 2009. The Steering Committee aims to represent the network internationally and to strengthen the Local Network across Turkiye, with improved effectiveness of its signatories.
The Global Compact Local Network Steering Commitee consists of the representatives of Aksa Acrylic, ARGE Consulting, Koç Holding, Sabancı Holding, TİSK, TÜSİAD and ZED Communications.
With nearly 117 institutions, the Global Compact Local Network in Turkiye is one of the ten largest local networks in the world.
The United Nations Global Compact aims to adopt a progressive corporate responsibility and a common development culture for the business world which is always in competition. To be a member of the compact, which has a vision based on “sustainable and global principles based economy”, is completely voluntary.
The UN Global Compact
The ten principles of the UN Global Compact are as follows:
Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and
Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
To be a member of the United Nations Global Compact, it is enough to send a letter of commitment to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon signed by the highest level executive in your organization stating that you have adopted these principles.
Business as well as non-business organizations can find more information from www.unglobalcompact.org or www.undp.org.tr. Furthermore, with the new format, it is also possible to sign the Global Compact on-line and become a member.
For more information please visit: www.unglobalcompact.org