The Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA) is the Australian, business-led network of the UN Global Compact.
The GCNA brings together signatories to the UN Global Compact in Australia – including a number of Australia’s leading companies, non-profits and universities – to advance corporate sustainability and the private sector’s contribution to sustainable development.
We do this through a platform for dialogue, learning and influence that is inclusive, practical and leading edge, supporting our companies’ practical implementation efforts and bringing the UN Global Compact to life in the Australian context and wherever Australian companies operate. Through its activities, the GCNA provides a meeting point where organisations can build best practice around sustainability and connect with networks and experts within Australia and globally.
The GCNA also engages with government around policy, and in 2015 announced a significant partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade aimed at engaging the private sector in sustainable development.
The GCNA was launched in 2009 at Parliament House in Canberra, by then-Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law, Nick Sherry and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, Georg Kell. The GCNA has since grown to become one of Australia’s leading corporate sustainability initiatives.
The GCNA is the leading driver of effective business practices that deliver social, economic and environmental gains.
We lead, enable and connect business, government and civil society to practically apply the principles of the UN Global Compact.
UN Global Compact Local Networks
In order to advance the UN Global Compact, its principles and engagement platforms, signatories to the initiative have established Local Networks in over 85 countries around the world. Local Networks perform the increasingly important role of bringing the UN Global Compact to different national, cultural and linguistic contexts. Local Networks also facilitate the progress of companies engaged in the UN Global Compact through their activities, and create opportunities for multi-stakeholder engagement and collective action.
Local Networks have input into the UN Global Compact head office’s activities through a number of channels, including through the Local Networks Advisory Group. In June 2015, Alice Cope, Executive Manager of the Global Compact Network Australia, was elected to represent the Oceania and South East Asia region on the Local Networks Advisory Group.
Local Networks act in accordance with the UN Global Compact’s principles and objectives, and provide regular reports to the UN Global Compact head office in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding. Local Networks are otherwise self-governing.
Global Compact Network Australia
Global Compact Network Australia Ltd (ACN 147 380 998) is the UN Global Compact’s Local Network in Australia. It is a not-for-profit organisation, incorporated under Australian law as a public company limited by guarantee. The GCNA has a fully constituted Board of Directors elected by members.
The following GCNA reports are available for download.