The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact

The UN 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.

 


Human Rights

 

Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and

Principle 2: make sure they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

 

Labour

 

 

Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and 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: support for the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

 

Environment

 

 

Principle 7: Businesses should support for 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.

 

Anti-Corruption

 

Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

 

The UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption enjoy universal consensus and are derived from: