"You are at the forefront of globalization. You can and should play a central role in supporting initiatives that affect the development and prosperity. This requires the implementation of sustainable development principles into your operations and investment strategy. This requires the activation of the other to reach new heights. This requires a new way of thinking about how and where to invest, how to create a market of the future and open up opportunities for growth. "
Head of the Local Area Network
"Local network of UN Global Compact - a key tool for promoting corporate social responsibility principles in Belarus in the business environment, the community and at the state level. We invite you to join our network and to promote sustainable development with Belarus! "
Corporate sustainability starts with a company’s value system and a principled approach to doing business. This means operating in ways that, at a minimum, meet fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. Responsible businesses enact the same values and principles wherever they have a presence, and know that good practices in one area do not offset harm in another. By incorporating the Global Compact principles into strategies, policies and procedures, and establishing a culture of integrity, companies are not only upholding their basic responsibilities to people and planet, but also setting the stage for long-term success.
The UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles are derived from: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labor Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the United Nations Convention against Corruption.
Principle 1Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights;
Principle 2Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses;
Principle 3Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor;
Principle 5The effective abolition of child labor;
Principle 6The elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation;
Principle 7Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Principle 8Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility;
Principle 9Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies;
Principle 10Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.