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UN Global Compact Ten Principles

UN Global Compact Ten Principles

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This publication provides a high-level overview of the key linkages between the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles and the seven core subjects of social responsibility defined by ISO 26000 (human rights, labour practices, the environment, fair operating practices, consumer issues, community involvement).

While not an exhaustive review of the numerous areas of alignment between the two initiatives, this publication shows that there is clear consistency – and that all UN Global Compact Principles are included in ISO 26000.

UN Global Compact participated intensively during the six year period of development of ISO 26000 and was part of the International Drafting Task Force, with expert Kernaghan Webb.


  • Introduction
  • Table: Linking UN Global Compact Principle Areas to ISO 26000 Core Subjects
  • Applying ISO 26000 “Guidance on social responsibility core subjects” to Drive Implementation of the UN Global Compact Principles
  • Annex 1. Table: UN Global Compact Principles and ISO 26000 Core Subjects
  • Annex 2. Table: ISO 26000 Core Subjects and the UN Global Compact Principles

UN Global Compact published Business practice guide for Human Rights

The guidance explores ten companies and how they deal with various human rights issues.

It emphasizes the need for cohesive and sometimes over-arching corporate policies on human rights engagement.

This fourth volume in the Embedding Human Rights in Business Practices series (2013) includes:

  • Case studies
  • Table of human rights addressed
  • Table of human rights management practices discussed
  • Table of human rights standards, tools and initiatives mentioned (beyond the UN Global Compact)

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UN Global Compact Ten Principles and ISO 26000

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Fourth volume in the Embedding Human Rights in Business Practices series (2013)

Download here the Guide with case studies