Building Linkages for Competitive and Responsible Entrepreneurship
In many developing countries, partnerships are essential in helping small enterprises to upgrade and integrate into broader production networks and value chains and to improve their labour and environmental practices. This report provides a framework for categorizing six of these different models of multi-sector partnership and collective corporate action.
Responsible Trade and Market Access: Opportunities or Obstacles for SMEs in Developing Countries?
Responsible trade covers the broad range of market- mediated approaches, which aim to improve the social and environmental impacts of international production and trade by concentrating on global supply chains. Alongside the traditional technical, quality, safety and price demands of buyers, suppliers are increasingly being asked to meet social or environmental standards through supplier codes of conduct, fair trade and eco-labelling schemes.
CSR: Implications for SMEs Development in Developing Countries
Corporate Social Responsibility is an increasingly important part of the business environment. The past twenty years have seen a radical change in the relationship between business and society. Key drivers of this change have been the globalization of trade, the increased size and influence of companies, the repositioning of government and the rise in strategic importance of stakeholder relationships, knowledge and brand reputation.
Corporate Social Responsibility and the Development Agenda: Should SMEs Care?
In recent years, increasing attention has been given to the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility as a postulate for ethical behaviour of business and as a basis for good corporate citizenship. Amidst shocking evidence of large-scale corporate irresponsibility and fraud on both sides of the Atlantic, there is insistence that business can and should act in a manner that respects the legitimate goals and demands of all stakeholders.
UN Global Compact Operational Guide for Medium Enterprises
UNIDO supported the Global Compact in the development of this publication which aims at supporting medium-sized enterprises in the implementation of the Ten Principles.
Sustainable Supply Chains. The Global Compact Case Studies Series
In June 2003 a Global Compact Policy Dialogue gathered more than 200 representatives from business, civil society, academia and UN agencies at UN headquarters to identify problems and solutions related to supply chain management and partnerships. A final report on the outcomes of the dialogue – entitled “Supply Chain Management” – has been published.
A Survey of Small and Medium Enterprises in the Global Compact
The UN Global Compact aims at encouraging the private sector to exercise Corporate Social Responsibility by adhering to ten principles drawn from international conventions or declarations on conditions of work, respect for human rights and the protection of the environment. This report shows the results of a survey carried out amongst SMEs in the network.
Corruption Prevention to Foster Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Development
Corruption within and between public and private sectors has become one of the leading problems for businesses all over the world. The recent inclusion of an anti-corruption principle in the United Nations Global Compact, endorsed by more than 3,800 members, further emphasizes the ever-growing importance of the private sector in the global fight against corruption.
Prevención de la corrupción para fomentar el desarrollo de las PYMES
La corrupción, tanto dentro del sector público y privado como entre ellos, se ha convertido en uno de los problemas principales que afectan a las empresas de todo el mundo. La inclusión reciente de un principio anticorrupción en el Pacto Mundial de la ONU, que han aprobado más de 3.800 miembros, señala la importancia creciente del sector privado en la lucha mundial contra la corrupción.