UN Global Compact and REAP

The Global Compact is a framework for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. As the world's largest, global corporate citizenship initiative, the Global Compact is first and foremost concerned with exhibiting and building the social legitimacy of business and markets.

The Global Compact is a purely voluntary initiative with two objectives:

  • Mainstream the ten principles in business activities around the world
  • Catalyse actions in support of broader UN goals, such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

To achieve these objectives, the Global Compact offers facilitation and engagement through several mechanisms: Policy Dialogues, Learning, Local Networks, and Partnership Projects. The Global Compact is a network. At its core are the Global Compact Office and six UN agencies, including UNIDO. A perspective on UNIDO's role in the Global Compact can be drawn from the UNIDO study Corporate Social Responsibility: Implications for Small and Medium Enterprises in Developing Countries.

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Responsible Entrepreneurs Achievement Programme (REAP)

The Responsible Entrepreneurs Achievement Programme (REAP) is UNIDO's solution for smaller companies in terms of the Global Compact and constitutes the heart of UNIDO’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme.

Based on the ten principles of the UN Global Compact, as well as international standards in the social and environmental domains, such as ISO 14000, SA 8000, or OHSAS 18001, it facilitates the practical implementation of CSR principles and fosters the sustainable growth of the business. It does this by providing a structured framework in combination with an analytical software, which can be used to gather, process, evaluate and report data to track progress in implementing CSR in SMEs.

REAP is being disseminated to SMEs worldwide, via a network of trained and qualified UNIDO CSR consultants. These certified experts come from various types of public or private business support and advisory institutions with a strong background in environmental, social or productivity upgrading issue, and have undergone a one-week training on the REAP methodology carried out by UNIDO.

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South African Local Network of the UN Global Compact

In South Africa, a number of companies have joined the UN Global Compact. The National Business Initiative (NBI) is the Focal Point to the South African Local Network of the UN Global Compact. This voluntary coalition of companies in South Africa includes participants such as Sasol, Eskom, Barloworld and Deloitte, as well as Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), the UNISA Centre for Corporate Citizenship, the UNGC Regional Learning Forum and national government departments.

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