Sunday 26. June 2016

UN Global Compact


Reporting for non-business particpants


On 31 October 2013 the Global Compact introduced a Communication on Engagement (COE) for non-business participants. The COE has to be published every two years, for existing members the first deadline is 31 October 2015.


COE and Reporting

Reasons for introducing a COE, amongst others, are:

  • actively taking responsibility by the participating organisation
  • continuous improvement
  • increasing communication between the organisation and its stakeholders
  • increasing transparency

Criteria for Communication on Engagement


Non-business participants will be required to disclose specific activities in support of the initiative to stakeholders every two years, as well as results. These activities differ based on the type of organization and range from research into sustainability/UNGC, gaining new members or partnerships.


Information regarding the activities for different types of organizations can be found here:

 A list of suggested activities can be downloaded here.


Components of the COE


The COE must include the following elements:

  1. A statement by the chief executive or equivalent expressing continued support for the Global Compact and renewing the participant’s ongoing commitment to the initiative and its principles.
  2. A description of the practical actions that the organization has taken to support the Global Compact principles and to engage with the initiative. Practical actions should relate to one or more of the specific activities suggested to each type of non-business participant in support of the initiative.
  3. Measurement of outcomes (i.e. qualitative or quantitative measurements of results).

Official COE Policy


The COE Policy can be downloaded here.


Who has to communicate what and when?

  • The COE has to be published by non-business participants every two years, the first deadline for current particpants is 31 October 2015.
  • The COE has to include at least one example of an activity conducted by the organization in support of the UN Global Compact.

What happens if an organization fails to submit a COE?


Failure to submit a COE every two years will result in a change of participant status to “non-communicating”. Organizations that do not submit a COE within one year of becoming “non-communicating” will be expelled from the initiative.


Support for writing the COE


An introductory presentation on writing the COE can be downloaded here.


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