United Nations

Introduction

The United Nations has a number of policies and guidelines concerning corporate social responsibility.

Below, the initiatives and resources section highlights important programs, such as Global Compact and the UNEP's Financial Initiative; the section on Information stemming from UN meetings offers manuals and publications that have been compiled by the UN, like the Guidance on corporate responsibility indicators in annual reports.

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UN Initiatives & Resources

Initiative / Resource

Description

The United Nations Global Compact

A strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption.

United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.

United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

The mission of the United Nations Environment Program is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative

UNEP FI is a global partnership between UNEP and the financial sector. Over 170 institutions, including banks, insurers and fund managers, work with UNEP to understand the impacts of environmental and social considerations on financial performance.

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

The Department of Economic and Social Affairs promotes and supports international cooperation to achieve development for all, and assists governments in agenda-setting and decision-making on development issues at the global level.


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Information Via UN Meetings

A Manual for the Preparers and Users of Eco-Friendly Indicators
(United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, 2004) 
UNCTAD serves as the focal point within the United Nations Secretariat for all matters related to foreign direct investment and transnational corporations.

Guidance on Corporate Responsibility Indicators in Annual Reports
(United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, 2004-2007)
A publication prepared by UNCTAD and its Intergovernmental Working Group of Experts on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting (ISAR).

Guidance on Good Practices in Corporate Governance Disclosure 
(United Nations Conference on Trade and Development 2006) 
This publication is the latest contribution of UNCTAD and its Intergovernmental Working Group of Experts on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting (ISAR) to the field of corporate governance disclosure.

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