UN Global Compact Network India

UN Global Compact Network India (UN GCNI), formed in November 2000, was registered in 2003 as a non-profit society to function as the Indian Country Network of the Global Compact, New York. It is the first Country 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.

It has also emerged as the largest corporate sustainability initiative in India and globally with a pan India membership of over 500 leading business and non-business participants, strengthening their commitment to the Global Compact Principles by becoming proud members of the Country Network in India.

The UN Global Compact Network India serves as a vital platform for advancing the ten universally endorsed principles within the Indian business landscape. These principles, integral to fostering sustainable and responsible corporate citizenship, align with broader global objectives like the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and post-2015 development agendas.

Comprising diverse stakeholders from civil society, private, and public sectors, the UN GCNI has seen a progressive reinforcement of commitment to these principles over time. Its primary goal is to foster partnerships among Indian entities, facilitating a robust network to advocate for sustainable practices. By encouraging various corporate entities, institutions, NGOs, and SMEs to join the network, UN GCNI aims to promote the dissemination of global compact principles within the Indian context.

With established chapters in major Indian cities, including Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, and Bangalore, UN GCNI has significantly expanded its Country and regional presence. As the Indian arm of the UNGC, it maintains a symbiotic relationship with the overarching principles of the global initiative. Through initiatives like the India CEO Forum on Human Rights, Women Empowerment Principles, Collective Action Projects, and National Conventions, UN GCNI channels its efforts toward promoting sustainable practices among its private sector members while fostering collaboration with public and civil society stakeholders.

The governance of UN GCNI is overseen by a Governing Council elected biennially by the General Body, which consists of its members. This council is responsible for executing policies, passing resolutions, appointing key personnel, and managing finances. Supported by an Administration Committee, the Secretariat ensures the efficient functioning of the organization, with dedicated sub-committees focusing on key areas aligned with UNGC principles. An Operations Committee addresses immediate issues as they arise.

At the helm of UN GCNI's day-to-day operations is a Secretariat led by an Executive Director. Initiatives such as the India Sustainability Dialogue, Asia Pacific Resource Centre on Responsible Business Practices, CEO Forums, and India Collaboration Lab underscore the network's commitment to advancing the Global Compact agenda in India. These efforts aim to bolster commitment among Indian partners to the principles while inviting others to join in supporting the global mandate.

Member organizations regularly report their progress in adhering to UNGC principles through the Communication of Progress (CoP) reports. These reports detail ongoing support, practical actions taken, and measurable outcomes achieved. UN GCNI remains dedicated to promoting the UNGC principles, with plans to expand its influence, reach, and reporting standards through training, development, and capacity-building initiatives in the future.

Our Milestone

    • Organized a summit themed Sustainability Program on: "Circular Economy for the SDGs: From Concept to Practice" to highlight the need to transition from linear economy and create innovative business models.
    • Organized the 6th Gender Equality Summit themed on 'Gender Equal Future: Technology, Innovation & Inclusion'.
    • The Best Practices Challenge on Water Conservation and WASH was launched as a part of UN GCNI's Water Conservation and WASH Workstream.
    • Organized a special panel discussion on The theme of the roundtable was based on the global theme "Invest in our Planet" with EXL and NTPC School of Management.
    • Conducted the Governing Council election for the term "2023-2025" through digital mode. The result of the Governing Council Election of UN GCNI was declared on June 16, 2023.
    • Organized a National Conclave on "Good Governance in Healthcare for Global Welfare".
    • Held an ideation meeting to initiate and facilitate Anti-Corruption initiatives and assess the collective action methodology to address the challenges and to develop a structured strategy and roadmap to promote transparency and accountability in the Micro, Small, and Medium -sized enterprises (MSMEs ) sector.
    • Vyapaar Se Vyapaar ko (VSVK) Business Integrity Training was conducted as a 6-months journey of collective action to promote business transparency and build capacities on human rights due diligence.
    • Launched the 'Closing the Loop: Creating Circular Economic Models in Aspirational Districts of India' project in partnership with BASF India Ltd. The project aims to co-create and implement a district-wide climate change and risk mitigation pilot to support SDG target 13.3.
    • The 11th Subir Raha Memorial Lecture was held with Member of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog and Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat delivering as the keynote speaker.
    • Conducted a workshop of our inaugural Regional Virtual Workshop series titled, "Unlocking the Potential - Renewable Innovations for Business Sustainability" organized in collaboration with our UN Global Compact Network Singapore.
    • Carried out a Gender Gap Assessment exercise conducted for one of the partner companies based out of Gujarat.
    • The participation engagement team went to the Asia and Oceania Regional meeting that took place in Shanghai, China.
    • India Network participated at the Sustainability Day 2023: Symposium organized by Global Compact Network Bangladesh.
    • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was executed with UPL University, marking the inception of a fresh educational program titled "The Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Compliance & Sustainability" at UPL University.
    • Regional Convention - South 2023 charted a vital roadmap for companies toward impactful initiatives before 2030.
    • Hosted an event gathering stakeholders to promote ethical business practices and compliance among MSMEs in Kerala.
    • 18th National Convention witnessed 650+ participants across themed on Advancing Sustainable India: Driving Change with Forward Faster initiative
    • India Participated in the UN Global Compact Annual Country Network Forum & One Global Compact Week in Dubai
    • Launched Global HR Best Innovative & Sustainable Practices Championship
    • Launched the Water & WASH Worksteam and Sustainable Agriculture & Agribusiness Workstream
    • Hosted an Asia Pacific CEO's Roundtable on Leveraging Technology to Achieve the SDGs 2030, in partnership with SAP
    • Launch UNGC Global Impact Initiatives (GII) in India - Young SDG Innovators Program; SDG Ambition South Asia Track (India & Bangladesh)
    • Launch of Workstreams- Energy and Climate Action; Gender and Skillings
    • Conducted Governing Council Election on digital platform
    • UN GCNI undertook implementation of the Project: Water Stewardship – Water Conservation Project in Maharashtra
    • CEGET-GCNI, in collaboration with AGAM, has organized a FactShala Literacy Programme
    • SDG Assessment and Sustainability Framework for Smart Cities
    • Supported Project YuWaah's mission is to enable India's youth and connect them to aspirational socio-economic opportunities and engage them as active change makers
    • Hosted First Agriculture Supply Chain Summit and Organised the First Innovative and Sustainable Supply Chain Awards
    • Organised the 1.) First Global Roundtable on Water & WASH, 2.) Agritech CEO's Roundtable 3.) HR Leaders Roundtable
    • Formation of Anti-Corruption Collective Action Working Group
    • Launched Target Gender Equality TGE in India
    • UN GCNI hosted National Convention on virtual platform
    • UN GCNI hosted a special Session during UNGC's 20th Anniversary Virtual Leaders' Summit
    • Hosted First ever virtual Gender Equality Summit
    • India hosted one special session UN Virtual Forum "Responsible Business and Human Rights"
    • Launched Joint Certification Programme in CSR and Sustainability
    • Launched first ever Sustainable and Innovative HR Practices Case Study Contest
    • Launch of Manthan- A case study competition on the theme 'Emerging Innovative Practices' in Management Schools
    • CEGET- UNGCNI entered into knowledge sharing partnership with National Institute of Urban Affairs and became a part of alliance with CCube under the ambit of Climate Smart Cities Alliance to support mainstreaming of Climate Actions in Indian Cities
    • APRC-GCNI, started webinars for the first time, series of webinars were organized during the year
    • APRC-GCNI, organised a series of Roundtables, with Garment Brands, on Preventing Child Labour - Work: No Child's Business
    • Implementation of Global-Country Business Model of UN Global Compact
    • Asia Pacific Resource Centre (APRC) became fully functional
    • 1st Quality Education Conclave on the theme "Aligning NEP with SDGs: Imperative for Industry and Academia"
    • APRC-GCNI organised its 1st ever Green Supply Chain Summit on the theme "Developing Responsible Supply Chains: A Blueprint for Action"
    • APRC-GCNI implemented a project for OTPC to Assess the Impact OTPC's (ONGC Tripura Power Corporation) CSR Projects in Tripura and also designed their Long-Term CSR Projects
    • APRC-GCNI implemented a project for ONGC to Assess the Value created, and impact generated by the CSR work of ONGC across 03 states in India
    • CEGET-GCNI has signed a non-commercial MoU with Alliance for Integrity (AfIN) to strengthen the 10th UNGC Principle
    • APRC-GCNI, organised a 'Tea Sector Stakeholder Consultation Session: Sustainable Development Practices, Challenges and Solutions', in Kolkata
    • APRC-GCNI, organized a Affiliated Session to the World Economic Forum's India Economic Summit in collaboration with SAP on - 'Partnering for Inclusive Growth: Supporting the Path Towards a Better World by 2030'
    • Mr. Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group has joined the UNGC Global Board
    • Developed a Curtain Raiser Film highlighting UN GCNI's core purpose of building awareness among its stakeholders
    • Launched innovative platform on Gender Equality, Best Practices Awards 2018 on 'Women at Workplace'
    • Hosted first ever North East Summit in collaboration with the Government of Nagaland
    • CEGET has developed (Public Private Partnership) Handbook and disseminated it to the Govt and Businesses
    • UN GCNI hosted first ever Global Conference on Making Global Goals Country Business India
    • Launch of Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) India Office
    • Launch of Capacity Building Series
    • Launch of Best Case Study competition on SDGs
    • Industrial Water Benchmarking Study for India
    • Developed White Paper on Business Recommendations for Public Procurement Policy in India
    • UN GCNI in partnership with World Energy Council (WEC) held Sustainability th Alliance Partners Working Group Meeting
    • UN GCNI CEGET signed a 5-year MoU with the Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL) to provide PSCDCL with a Framework of Governance of Pune Smart City.
    • Started Multi-Stakeholder Consultation on Housing and Sanitation within Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    • Framework Campaign on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    • Collaboration with BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange) for Ring the Bell For Gender Equality
    • Launch of 'iBelieve' series with HCL Technologies
    • Organised UN Global Compact 2020 Strategy Consultation
    • Engagement with Govt of Assam & Kerala to conduct orientation workshops on SDGs
    • Launch of the first country report of the UNGC-Accenture CEO Study on Sustainability 2013
    • Launch of the Business for Peace (B4P) Initiative in India
    • Launch of the Asia Pacific Resource Center on Responsible Business Practices
    • Launch of the Strategic Engagement with Academic Institutions
    • UNGC-Accenture CEO Study on Sustainability 2013
    • Launch of the Women's Empowerment Principles in India
    • India pilot Country to organize the India Collaboration Lab on Water and Sanitation
    • GCNI Awarded the UK Prosperity Fund Project
    • Launch of the revamped GCNI website www.globalcompact.in
    • Launch of GCNI's new tri-annual newsletter 'nutSHELL'
    • Launch of the Chennai Country Chapter
    • Establishment of the India CEO Forum on Business and Human Rights
    • Launch of Children's Rights and Business Principles
    • Launch of Collective Action Project in India
    • Operationalisation of the sub-committees on Human Rights, COP
    • Launch of the Hyderabad Chapter
    • First Strategic Plan for the Global Compact Society (GCS) came into force
    • Changed name of from Global Compact Society to Global Compact Network India
    • Launch of Mumbai Chapter
    • Launch of GCNI's Newsletter
    • Establishment of the Administrative Committee to oversee the day-to-day functioning of the GCS
    • Monthly knowledge sharing and networking meeting was introduced
    • Initiation of the process of developing the first strategic plan
    • GCS administrative office started in SCOPE Complex Lodhi Road
    • Appointment of full-time executive staff
    • Expansion of the Governing Council to include 4 Regional Vice Presidents
    • Global Compact Society's (GCS) website launched
    • First National Convention organized
    • Formal registration of the Network under the Societies Act with 42 Founding members
    • Launch of Global Compact in India