The Global Compact Network India works towards mainstreaming the ten universally acceptable principles in business activities around the world, catalysing action in support of broader UN goals, such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and setting the tone for the post 2015 development agenda within the Indian context.

In the year 2000, with an aim to conjoin private sector activities with civil society initiatives, and for the establishment of an inclusive corporate sustainability in the global economy, a leadership platform with a global dimension – United Nation Global Compact was launched by the then UN Secretary – General Kofi Anan. The UNGC primarily operates on four fold realms – Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-Corruption, and are further dispersed into ten universally accepted principles adopted by diverse signatories across geographies, as value based approaches in achieving sustainable development. Over the years, with more than 10,700 participants including over 7000 businesses in 135 countries, as a network-based initiative,it has established 102 local networks over the world and operates with an internal yet diverse governance framework. With 298 signatories, UNGC has transformed into being one of the largest corporate citizenship and responsibility initiatives in the world and continues to aspire companies to voluntarily channelize their operations and strategies for the development and implementation of responsible business practices through the support of seven UN agencies such as, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCR), ILO, UNODC, UNDP, UNIDO and UNIFEM.

The Global Compact Network India works towards mainstreaming the ten universally acceptable principles in business activities around the world, catalysing action in support of broader UN goals, such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and setting the tone for the post 2015 development agenda within the Indian context.

At present, the India network ranks among the top 3, out of the 102 local networks in the world, and has emerged as the largest corporate citizenship and social responsibility organization in the country with a pan Indian membership. With a membership of 170 renowned organizations as GCNI pivotal signatories, the local India network in the last 9 years of its functioning has created a strong niche for itself. GCNI members represent pertinent sectors of the country such as civil society, private, and public sector organisations, which with time have strengthened their commitment to the UN’s Global Compact principles. The main objective of the Network is to provide a forum to various Indian companies and organizations for co – partnerships, build strong network and promote sustainable and positive corporate citizenship by encouraging various Indian Corporate bodies/ Institutions/ NGOs/ SMEs, to become members of the network, all these together aid in dissemination and promotion of global compact principles within their own milieu.

GCNI currently has its local chapters in 5 major Indian cities, which include Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Bangalore, and thus has facilitated its own expansion amongst local and regional counterparts widely operating within the country. As a sole Indian arm of the UNGC, the Global Compact Network India has established a semiotic relationship with the overall mandate and principles of the UNGC. Through its activities and programmes such as the India CEO forum on Human Rights, Women Empowerment Principles, Collective Action Project, National Convention, etc. GCNI continues to streamline its energies towards the promotion of the UNGC core areas and sustainable and responsible practices amongst its member belonging to the private sector along with the participation of public and civil society stakeholders of India.

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