Ban calls on Global Compact to help end poverty, transform lives, protect planet

Addressing the United Nations Global Compact board meeting this afternoon, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said everyone held a stake in ending poverty, transforming people’s lives and protecting the planet.

UN experts call for more protection of human rights of vulnerable groups affected by business activities

A United Nations expert body has called on States and business enterprises to address the heightened risk of vulnerability, discrimination and marginalization of groups and communities whose human rights are affected by business activities across the world.

Crucial for more businesses to join UN corporate responsibility pact, says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need for more businesses to join the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative with 6,000 companies in 135 countries.

Ban appeals for corporate leadership in building sustainable, inclusive markets

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the private sector to take the helm in the “urgent task” of building markets that are more sustainable and inclusive.

Business and human rights matter more than ever, expert tells UN council

There has never been a more critical time to address business and human rights, the United Nations Human Rights Council was told today as it began its 11th session in Geneva with a discussion on how to make companies rights-friendly.

Corporate law firms join UN-led initiative on business and human rights

Fifteen leading legal firms from around the world will participate in a United Nations-led effort to assess how well national corporate law principles and practices foster a company culture that is respectful of human rights.

Business leaders with UN Global Compact urge action on water crisis

Governments of the Group of Eight (G8) countries need to take urgent action on the emerging global crisis in water and sanitation, say business leaders from some of the world’s largest companies who have endorsed the United Nations Global Compact.

UN and British Government launch business push for MDGs

A dozen international companies announced concrete initiatives to apply business expertise to tackle poverty at an event hosted in London today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the British Government.

UN officials call on Chinese business leaders to utilize technology for development

United Nations officials yesterday called on top Chinese executives to utilize information technology to improve the plight of poor people in their home country and around the world.