How to Join: Non-Business

The commitment

Becoming a signatory to the UN Global Compact involves a corporate commitment – from the CEO – to support the UN Global Compact’s ten universal sustainability principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption, and to participate in and engage with the initiative (e.g. through the Global Compact Network Australia). Suggestions of activities for each type of non-business organisation are below. 

The organisation will also be required to submit a public report at least every two years – a Communication on Engagement – that describes its efforts to support the implementation of the UN Global Compact’s principles and to engage with the initiative.

The process

Become a member of the UN Global Compact and Global Compact Network Australia:

  1. CEO signs a letter of commitment (template here)
  2. Complete the online application form and attach your CEO letter of commitment on the UN Global Compact Website (here)
  3. Complete the GCNA’s Application Form and send it to us at: secretariat@unglobalcompact.org.au. You can also review the GCNA’s Constitution.
  4. The UN Global Compact Office will review the application and confirm acceptance within 7 to 10 days.
  5. The GCNA Board will also review and confirm acceptance.

After your organisation has been accepted:

  1. You will be required to log into the UN Global Compact dashboard using the username and password you selected during the application process.
  2. You will need to select your membership engagement tier Participant or Signatory and record your choice on the UN Global Compact website.
    Membership benefits and financial contribution for each engagement tier are outlined here.
  3. You will also need to provide the Global Compact Network Australia with your company’s bio and logo for publication on our website.
  4. Once you have selected a tier, your invoice will be generated and sent to you by Global Compact Network Australia.
  5. Once your invoice has been paid you will be added to the register of members and your profile put on our website.

Suggested activities

Non-business organisations can engage with the Global Compact in a number of ways. Some suggested activities for different types of organisations follow.

Business & Industry Associations

Business associations represent some of the world’s leading companies, and have influence over what these companies deem most important.

Here are some ways to engage with the Global Compact:

  • Encourage your members to join the UN Global Compact and GCNA.
  • Organise learning and dialogue events, workshops and training for your members on the UN Global Compact and specific topics relevant to corporate sustainability.
  • Engage your members in collective action and partnership efforts on key UN goals and issues in collaboration with the UN Global Compact or GCNA.
  • Join forces with the UN Global Compact to advocate the business case for key corporate citizenship issues to policymakers and the public
  • Develop sector-specific tools and resources on corporate sustainability issues in collaboration with the UN Global Compact.
  • Provide expertise and/or the voice of your members to UN Global Compact or GCNA working groups and special initiatives.
  • Support and participate in the GCNA’s activities.

NGOs / Civil Society Organisations

NGOs can have significant influence on how businesses advance human rights, the environment, labour standards and anti-corruption.

Here are some ways to help:

  • Propose and implement partnerships on corporate sustainability and engage with other stakeholders.
  • Support UN Global Compact business participants as they implement and report on their sustainability efforts.
  • Join and/or support issue platforms and workstreams.
  • Support and participate in the GCNA’s activities.

Academic Institutions

Academic institutions play an important role in shaping future business leaders and educating them about responsible, sustainable management and leadership.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Conduct applied research and thought leadership to advance best practices.
  • Promote the UN Global Compact’s ten principles and educate a variety of audiences about sustainability.
  • Support UN Global Compact business participants in implementing and reporting on their sustainability efforts.
  • Lend capacity to the GCNA and/or UN Global Compact in New York.
  • Join the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) (click here for more information).

Labour Organisations

As employees and advocates, you can achieve a great deal to advance corporate sustainability efforts. Respect for human rights, including the rights of workers, is the minimum starting point for socially sustainable cultures and communities.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Encourage businesses to join the UN Global Compact and GCNA.
  • Engage with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other international institutions to advance labour union rights and decent work.
  • Facilitate dialogue with companies and other stakeholders involved in the UN Global Compact to help build consensus around labour-related issues.
  • Examine company performance on rights and sustainability issues.
  • Engage with the GCNA and its activities.

Public Sector Organisations

As a public sector organisation, you can get involved in the UN Global Compact in a number of ways:

  • Implement the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles through your own strategy and operations.
  • Encourage businesses and others you interact with to participate in the UN Global Compact and GCNA.
  • Participate in UN Global Compact or GCNA workstreams or projects.

Cities / Municipalities

Just as businesses can implement the UN Global Compact’s ten principles, cities and municipalities can, too. The Global Compact Cities Programme helps you customise the UN Global Compact for urban governance and management. Create a dedicated sustainability plan that incorporates the ecological, economic, political and cultural dimensions of the region’s sustainability.

Other ways to help:

  • Encourage businesses and other organisations you interact with to participate in the UN Global Compact and GCNA.
  • Support businesses and other stakeholders as they implement sustainability initiatives that benefit the city and greater community.
  • Join and engage with the GCNA and its activities.