Speeches and Statements – Leaders Summit Day 1 (24 June)

24 June 2010

Earlier today, the UN released the official transcript of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s opening address to the Global Compact Leaders Summit. Also available: the Secretary-General’s remarks at the press conference following the opening session. To follow the webcast of today’s meeting, including Mayor Bloomberg’s speech, visit the UN webcast site for the Leaders Summit.

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Matten’s Perspective

24 June 2010

Prof. Dirk Matten, the Leaders Summit’s official guest blogger, has spent day a hard day’s work following plenary sessions, press briefings, roundtable discussions and side events. To read his take on the Summit, visit the Crane and Matten blog.


UN Secretary-General Opens Proceedings Along with Mayor Bloomberg

24 June 2010

(Photo: UN Global Compact/Paulo Filgueiras)

More than 1,200 corporate leaders from around the world convened today in New York City for the tenth anniversary of The UN Global Compact Leaders Summit. The two-day summit was kicked off by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

In his address, The Secretary General urged the business, civil society and government leaders to lead a “race to the top”, embracing openness, anchoring profit-making in social principles and favouring long-term horizons over pursuit of short-term profits.

Mayor Bloomberg – noting that he was speaking as a former CEO as well as an elected official – said that good corporate citizens recognize that support for human rights is in their enlightened self interest.

Watch the live webcast.

Read today’s complete announcement.


Businesses Asked to Help Protect and Promote Children’s Rights

24 June 2010

At the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit, UNICEF, the UN Global Compact and Save the Children called on the business community to work together to build universal principles that will place children’s rights at the top of the global corporate responsibility agenda.

The three organizations are asking business leaders to work with them to develop principles – to be known as the Children’s Principles for Business – so that they can avoid the negative impacts that their activities may have on children, and contribute to a better future for everyone.

Watch the live webcast.

Read today’s complete announcement.


Leaders Summit Official Broadcast Partner CNBC to Host First-ever Live Broadcast from the Floor of the UN General Assembly

23 June 2010

As the Official Broadcast partner of the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit, leading business cable network CNBC will broadcast a live special “CNBC Global Summit: The World’s Financial Future”—the first-ever live show from the floor of the UN General Assembly at 8 p.m. tonight.

From CNBC:  “Hosted by CNBC’s Erin Burnett, the special will bring together world business leaders to provide insight on topics such as the future of oil; whether BRIC nations can still be the growth engines they once were and continue to lead the way; and what CEOs think is a critical factor to the future success of their companies.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is the keynote guest for the program, which will be hosted by anchor Erin Burnett. Other Summit participants who will appear on the program include Jamshed Irani, Director of Tata Sons; Andrei Galaev, CEO of Sakhalin Energy; Martha Tilaar of The Martha Tilaar Company; and Antonio De Abreau, CEO of EDP Brazil.

CNBC’s coverage of the Summit will continue throughout the Global Compact Leaders Summit on Thursday, 24 June.


UN Global Compact and Accenture Release Findings of Largest CEO Study on Corporate Sustainability

22 June 2010

In advance of the Leaders Summit to be held this week in New York, the United Nations Global Compact and Accenture have released findings of a survey of over 766 CEOs around the globe – the largest research study of top executives ever conducted on sustainability.

In response to the survey, an overwhelming majority of corporate CEOs – 93 percent – say that sustainability is critical to the future success of their companies—in spite of the recent economic downturn.  CEOs also believe that, within a decade, a tipping point could be reached that fully meshes sustainability with core business – its capabilities, processes and systems, and throughout global supply chains and subsidiaries.

In addition to an online survey, the study included extensive interviews with 50 of the world’s leading CEOs.

Read today’s complete announcement.

Download the entire survey here –  A New Era of Sustainability: UN Global Compact-Accenture CEO Study 2010.


Leaders Summit 2010: The Countdown Begins

20 June 2010

With just a few days until the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2010 convenes in New York City, registration has closed and more than 1,200 executives from nearly 100 countries are confirmed to attend this historic event. Final preparations are being made, including a number of exciting side events to take place at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square and other locations.

Already, the first two of an array of new resources have been launched – the 10th anniversary edition of the Global Compact Annual Review and the Global Compact Management Model, developed in collaboration with Deloitte.

In addition, widely acclaimed author and blogger Dirk Matten will serve as an official Summit blogger, delivering independent coverage and analysis through the highly respected Crane and Matten Blog. An expert on issues of corporate social responsibility, Professor Matten holds the Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility and is a Professor of Strategy at the Schulich School of Business (York University, Toronto), which is ranked number one globally by the Aspen Institute for integrating issues of social and environmental stewardship into curricula and research. Dirk was recently ranked among the ‘Top 100 CSR Leaders’ globally in an independent poll by the Cambridge based think tank CSR International.

As a reminder, for those unable to participate in person, the Leaders Summit will be streamed live on the UN Webcast site and here on the Global Compact blog. You can also follow the Summit on Twitter (#GCLS2010) and Facebook.