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10 principles of the compact

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. These principles are based on universal consensus derived from:

  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • The Declaration of the International Labour Organisation on fundamental principles and rights at work
  • The Rio Declaration on environment and development
  • The UN Anti-corruption Convention

The 10 principles of the Global Compact

Human rights

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.

Learn more: www.unglobalcompact.org

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How to join the Global Compact

Do you want to join
the Global Compact?

In brief, you have to send a letter to the organisation stating your support for the Global Compact and its ten principles.
Once your membership is confirmed, this commitment must be applied to all your business activities.

A regular report (called the COP – Communication On Progress) must then be sent regularly to the Global Compact.

Useful links

Global Compact website
Monthly Bulletin
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