The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) is both a policy platform and a practical framework for companies that are committed to sustainability and responsible business practices.
As a multi-stakeholder leadership initiative, it seeks to align business operations and strategies with 10 principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption, and to catalyze actions in support of broader UN goals.
GE became a signatory to the UNGC in 2008. Business signatories to the UNGC are required to annually submit a Communication On Progress (COP) for the UNGC website and to share the COP widely with their stakeholders. GE’s COP can be viewed here. Also, referenced below are links to relevant portions of GE’s Sustainability website that support the corresponding UNGC principles.
Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.
Businesses should make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the rights to collective bargaining.
Businesses should support the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour.
Businesses should support the effective abolition of child labour.
Businesses should support the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.
Businesses should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.
Businesses should encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
For more information about the UNGC strategic policy initiative, visit the UN Global Compact website: