About GCNI

Global Compact Network India

Global Compact Network India (GCNI), formed in November 2000, was registered in 2003 as a non-profit society to function as the Indian Local Network of the Global Compact, New York. It is the first Local Network in the world to be established with full legal recognition. It, also as a country level platform for businesses, civil organisations, public and private sector, aids in aligning stakeholders' responsible practices towards the Ten Universally Accepted Principles of UNGC in the areas of Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti - corruption, broad goals including Sustainable Development Goals and other key sister initiatives of the United Nations and its systems.

At present, the India Network ranks among the top 10, out of more than 90 Local Networks in the world. It has also emerged as the largest corporate sustainability initiative in India and globally with a pan India membership of 345 leading business and non-business participants and 280 signatories, strengthening their commitment to the Global Compact Principles by becoming proud members of the Local Network in India. For more details, please visit www.globalcompact.in

Our Milestones

The Global Compact Network India works towards mainstreaming the ten universally acceptable principles in business activities around the world, catalysing action in support of broader goals, such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and setting the tone for the post 2015 development agenda within the Indian context.

At present, the India network ranks among the top 3, out of the 101 local networks in the world, and has emerged as the largest corporate citizenship and social responsibility organization in the country with a pan Indian membership. With a membership of 151 renowned organizations as GCNI pivotal signatories, the local India network in the last 9 years of its functioning has created a strong niche for itself. GCNI members represent pertinent sectors of the country such as civil society, private, and public sector organisations, which with time have strengthened their commitment to the Global Compact principles. The main objective of the Network is to provide a forum to various Indian companies and organizations for co - partnerships, build strong network and promote sustainable and positive corporate citizenship by encouraging various Indian Corporate bodies/ Institutions/ NGOs/ SMEs, to become members of the network, all these together aid in dissemination and promotion of global compact principles within their own milieu.

GCNI currently has its local chapters in 5 major Indian cities, which include Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Ban

galore, and thus has facilitated its own expansion amongst local and regional counterparts widely operating within the country. As a sole Indian arm of the UNGC, the Global Compact Network India has established a semiotic relationship with the overall mandate and principles of the UNGC. Through its activities and programmes such as the India CEO forum on Human Rights, Women Empowerment Principles, Collective Action Project, National Convention, etc. GCNI continues to streamline its energies towards the promotion of the UNGC core areas and sustainable and responsible practices amongst its member belonging to the private sector along with the participation of public and civil society stakeholders of India.

The governance of the Global Compact Network India (GCNI) is led by a Governing Council elected every two years by the General Body, supreme body of the GCNI’s governance structure, consisting of GCNI’s members. The Governing Council members include President, Vice Presidents representing four regions (North, South, East, West), Treasurer, Secretary, co-opted members and special invitees. The governing council is mandated to execute the general policies of the society in conformity with the objects of the MOU, pass and deliberate on organisational resolutions, appoint Chief Executive and determine their power and responsibilities constitute committees and delegate powers and manage finances. The Governing Council meets in practice once every four months, in a meeting convened by the Secretary.

To support and facilitate the Governing Council there is an Administration Committee. The Administration Committee guides the Secretariat on functional matters and supports it to carry out the Global Compact's mandate in India. The Administration Committee in general meets six times a year or as the need may be to discuss and deliberate on matters affecting the efficiency and effectiveness of the Secretariat and evaluate its work and staff.

To provide the Secretariat with support and guidance, dedicated sub-committees have been constituted on key areas of interventions. These committees, constituted of Global Compact Network India’s member organisations and experts, work on key areas of concern, premised on the UNGC principles.

The Secretariat also in its day to day operations is supported and guided by an Operations Committee. The Committee in practice meets whenever matters seeking immediate resolution are brought up by the Secretariat.

To further the Global Compact and carry forward the Global Compact’s mandate on the day to day functioning, the Global Compact Network India is supported by a Secretariat headed by an Executive Director.

In furthering the Global Compact agenda within India, GCNI is conceptualising unique and pioneering initiatives such as the India Sustainability Dialogue, the Asia Pacific Resource Centre on Responsible Business Practices, CEO Forums and India Collaboration Lab. These activities aim at strengthening the commitments of the Indian partners towards the Global Compact Principles and creating opportunities for other partners to join in the efforts in supporting the Global Mandate. These initiatives aspires to establish the India Local Network as a knowledge pool for accessing relevant learning and resources and a think tank for promoting activities and programmes on sustainable development.

The members of the local network have over the year’s showcased increasing commitment towards the UNGC principles and have voluntarily set milestone to achieve them within their businesses. These achievements are reported to the UNGC on an annual basis to through the report on Communication of Progress (CoP). The companies and organisations, through the CoP submit to the UNGC

  • A statement expressing continued support and commitment to the initiative and the principles of the Global Compact
  • A description of practical actions taken by the company or the organization to implement the Global Compact principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment, anti-corruption.
  • A measurement of outcomes and the results that have been achieved

Global Compact Network India is actively involved in promotion and galvanisation of 10 principles of the UNGC that revolve around Human Rights, Labour Standards, Environment and Anti-Corruption and has plans to expand its reach, influence and improve reporting standards of its member organisations through training, development and capacity building in the years to follow.

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