What is the UN Global Compact?
The UN Global Compact is the largest corporate citizenship and sustainability initiative in the world, a strategic policy framework between the United Nations and businesses to align their operations with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
Reed Elsevier and the UN Global Compact
Reed Elsevier became a signatory in 2003, and is an active member of the UK Network of the Global Compact, serving on the steering group and chairing the Communications Working Group. The ten principles of the Global Compact are reflected in Reed Elsevier's policies and standards, and we communicate annually about how we align the ten principles in our business.
Reed Elsevier is also proud to be a signatory to the CEO Water Mandate, an initiative that brings together companies from around the globe to address water management.
The Ten Principles
The Global Compact asks companies to embrace, support and enact, within their sphere of influence, a set of core values in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment, and anti-corruption:
Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and
Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
For more information visit www.unglobalcompact.org