In September 2016, AIWF was proud to submit its first biannual progress report and letter of continued support to HE Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, for the UN Global Compact sustainability reporting framework.
AIWF is a Global NGO Partner of the UN Global Compact, a dynamic global platform for sustainable businesses with the collective aim of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and creating a sustainable and inclusive global economy that delivers lasting benefits to people, communities and markets. Launched in 2000, the UN Global Compact is a call to companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals.
To make this happen, the UN Global Compact supports companies to do business responsibly by aligning their strategies and operations with Ten Principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption; and take strategic actions to advance broader societal goals, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with an emphasis on collaboration and innovation. With more than 13,000 signatories in 165 countries the UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.
AIWF’s Progress Report brought key programmes, initiatives and events from 2013-2016 together in one comprehensive communication and highlighted the commitment of AIWF to the UN Global Compact values and vision. The Progress Report contained a statement by AIWF Founder Chairman Haifa Al Kaylaniexpressing continued support for the UN Global Compact and renewing AIWF’s ongoing commitment to the initiative; a description of the practical actions that AIWF has taken to support the UN Global Compact principles and engage with the initiative; and measurement of outcomes for key partnerships and programmes, including AIWF Global & Institutional Partnerships, the Young Arab Women Leadersinitiative and the IBA / AIWF Initiative for Women Business Lawyers in the Middle Eastprogramme.
Each of AIWF’s actions in the reporting period was linked with the corresponding Principle to which the action was most closely aligned. Specific Principles most closely aligned with the work of AIWF in this reporting period included:
Principle 1(‘Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights’);
Principle 6(‘Businesses should uphold the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation’);
Principle 8(‘Businesses should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility’); and
Principle 10(‘Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery’).
For more information on the UN Global Compact initiative and to read AIWF’s report connecting key AIWF programmes and partnerships in the reporting period of 2013 – 2016 with the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles, please visit www.unglobalcompact.org.
UN Global Compact Ten Principles
The UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles are derived from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.
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.