How to Join

Join the UN Global Compact

We’re glad that you’re interested in taking the next steps to become a member of the UN Global Compact and actively engage with the Global Compact Network Australia. The next steps are:

  1. Become a signatory to the UN Global Compact
  2. Complete the Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA) Membership Form.

To become a member of the GCNA, you must first be a signatory to the UN Global Compact or be a subsidiary or affiliated office of a global signatory.

Both businesses and non-business organisations (e.g. business associations, civil society organisations, foundations, labour organisations, academic institutions and cities) are encouraged to join. Click on the relevant link for a step-by-step guide to joining.

Note: Unfortunately micro-enterprises (companies with fewer than 10 employees) are unable to become signatories to the UN Global Compact. However, you can actively engage with the Global Compact Network Australia through our activities. We also encourage you to subscribe to our updates.

Why join the UN Global Compact

It’s good for business: corporate and organisational success requires stable economies and healthy, skilled and educated workers, among other factors. And sustainable companies experience increased brand trust and investor support.

It’s good for society – and business really can make a difference. Companies offer fresh ideas and scalable solutions to society’s challenges – exactly what we need to create a better world. More than 9,000 business participants and 4,000 non-business participants in the UN Global Compact are already changing the world. They’re helping alleviate extreme poverty, address labour issues, reduce environmental risks around the globe, and more. Read more.

Why join the Global Compact Network Australia

Alignment with the world’s largest – and only UN-backed – corporate sustainability framework, providing access to the world’s best and emerging practices for practical solutions to corporate sustainability challenges.

Be part of a strong and growing network of Australian businesses, together with non-profits and universities, who can provide feedback and guidance on your corporate sustainability initiatives and challenges.

Access our world-class forums, workshops, dialogues and other events and activities, including international events and forums and peer learning opportunities across our pillars of Human Rights, Environment and Anti-Corruption.

Be recognised as a leader through recognition on the GCNA website and through case studies.

Collaborate with the GCNA as it leads and shapes national and international dialogue on critical corporate sustainability issues, including business and human rights, climate change, the private sector’s role in sustainable development and progress in anti-corruption and bribery.

Access to tools, resources and support for implementing and reporting on your organisation’s progress in relation to the UN Global Compact Principles and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Opportunities to participate in the governance of the GCNA, including nominating representatives to Board or Expert Advisory positions.

Read more about the benefits here.

Financial Contribution

Companies are asked to financially support the Global Compact both globally and locally.

GCNA membership and engagement at the local level will enhance the value you derive from your UN Global Compact commitment. GCNA membership benefits include access to Australian events, forums and dialogues around corporate sustainability topics. Members can also input into our policy work, profile their organisation, access tools, resources and support and network with other Australian organisations.

In 2018, the UN Global Compact introduced a new financial contribution and participation structure. Business signatories now choose between two tiers of engagement. Participant and Signatory and their financial contributions is based on the tier chosen and annual revenue. Membership benefits for each level of membership engagement are outlined here.

Corporate and SME Contribution Fees

Corporate (over US$50m annual revenue) Participant Fee Signatory Fee
>US$5bn annual revenue A$25,200 p.a. (+GST) A$12,600 p.a. (+GST)
US$1bn – US$5bn annual revenue A$18,900 p.a. (+GST) A$9,450 p.a. (+GST)
US$250m – US$1bn annual revenue A$12,600 p.a. (+GST) A$6,300 p.a. (+GST)
US$50m – US$250m annual revenue A$6,300 p.a. (+GST) A$3,150 p.a. (+GST)
US$25m – US$50m annual revenue A$3,150 p.a. (+GST) A$1000 p.a. (+GST) **
Under US$25m annual revenue A$1,575 p.a. (+GST) A$500 p.a. (+GST) **
Business Associations N/A A$500 p.a. (+GST) **
Non-Profit Organisations N/A A$500 p.a. (+GST) **
Academic Institutions N/A A$1000 p.a. (+GST) **

** No mandatory fee to remain a signatory to the initiative, however GCNA membership fee payable to access GCNA membership fee payable to access GCNA membership benefits

Financial contributions will be invoiced by the Global Compact Network Australia in Australian dollars. As the GCNA receives 45% of the above financial contributions (except GCNA membership fees payable by SME Signatories and non-business organisations, where the GCNA will receive 100% of the contributions), GST is applicable to the Australian component of the fee.

Subsidiary Fees

Companies that are not headquartered in Australia are required to pay a fee to be a Global Compact Network Australia member. A Participant or Signatory level of engagement will need to be selected. Membership benefits for subsidiaries are outlined here.

Participant subsidiary fee Signatory subsidiary fee
A$7,500 p.a. (+GST) A$5,000 p.a. (+GST)

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