private sector

Why business needs to address the social impacts of COVID-19: an interview with Lise Kingo, UN Global Compact chief

As businesses struggle to cope with the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, they need to remain aware of their responsibilities as partners in efforts to build a sustainable future, says the outgoing head of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.

New UN-backed business pact aims to bring clean energy, health care to millions

Nine million poor people in Africa, Asia and Latin America will have access to clean energy sources and improved health care through commitments made by three companies to the United Nations-backed initiative that enlists the private sector in the fight against poverty.

Private sector has critical role in tackling today’s challenges, says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon today praised the contribution of the private sector to the United Nations agenda, urging that efforts be scaled up to meet global challenges such as climate change and poverty reduction.

Ten businesses honoured with UN-backed award for fighting poverty

A family-owned soybean business in Ghana and one of the leading telecommunications firms in the Philippines were among 10 private companies recognized today with a United Nations-backed award for their work to improve the lives of millions of people, and proving that fighting poverty is good for business.

UN official hails partnership with private sector in achieving anti-poverty targets

A senior United Nations official has lauded the involvement of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in efforts to attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight anti-poverty targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015, noting the increasingly vital role played by the private sector in tackling today's most pressing challenges.