The City of Derby made a commitment to support the UN Global Compact in February 2017. This commitment is led by Derby City Council assisted by the University of Derby, with support from the Bishop of Derby, Derbyshire Constabulary, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, Toyota, Derbyshire and Rolls Royce, Derbyshire.
The United Nations Global Compact is a non-binding United Nations pact to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, and to report on their implementation. The UN Global Compact is a principle-based framework for businesses, stating ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. It seeks to advance broader societal goals through fostering a commitment to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are, or relate to:
No Poverty; Zero Hunger; Good Health and Well-Being; Quality Education; Gender Equality; Clean Water and Sanitation; Affordable and Clean Energy; Decent Work and Economic Growth; Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; Reduced Inequalities; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Responsible Consumption and Production; Climate Action; Life below Water; Life on Land; Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; Partnerships for the SDGs.
Under the Global Compact, companies are brought together with UN agencies, labour groups and civil society. Cities can join the Global Compact through the Cities Programme, and Derby was the sole UK city to join this until the City of London joined in January 2021.
Initially the University of Derby undertook a research survey from organisations across the city to create a baseline of data to work with, and more latterly you can find a summary of cities across the world who are also signed up to this initiative, and the models they plan to use to focus their efforts on addressing these goals.
This month marks the second report submitted to the UN on progress made.
If you would like any further details or to become involved, please contact Sue Jennings at the University of Derby (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Information regarding the UN Global Compact can be found at: www.unglobalcompact.org