New York, June 21, 2010 - The United Nations Global Compact and the State
University of New York (SUNY) today announced a collaboration to develop
guidelines for academic institutions in implementing the Ten Principles of the
UN Global Compact.
Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are
committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally
accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and
anti-corruption. Recognition that academic institutions are
multi-national, and have challenges similar to businesses, has led to the
impetus to adapt the Global Compact Principles for use in higher education.
employers, as investors, and as purchasers and consumers of goods and services
on a massive scale, academic institutions play a significant role in the global
economy,” said Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. “We
hope that the guidelines to be developed in collaboration with SUNY will
inspire colleges and universities around the world to adopt the Global Compact
principles as a valuable framework to manage their operations in a more sustainable
Nations Global Compact has appointed Dr. Mitch Leventhal as senior advisor on
academic affairs to the Global Compact; Dr. Leventhal also serves as vice
chancellor for global Affairs at SUNY. "There is an historic precedent for
colleges and universities to adopt the principles of the Global Compact,"
says Dr. Leventhal, "Academic institutions have long been among the
leaders in socially responsible management, and were early adopters of similar
initiatives, such as the Sullivan Principles. The UNGC represents the
state-the-art in global corporate responsibility guidelines, and with the
increasingly global footprint of academic institutions it makes good sense for
the academic community to partner with the more than 6,000 corporations
worldwide who have already embraced this movement."
very pleased that the UNGC has asked SUNY to collaborate on adapting the
Principles of the Global Compact to higher education," said State
University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "I strongly support
this initiative, which is completely in keeping with our new strategic plan,
The Power of SUNY, and "SUNY and the World," one of the six strategic
priorities under this plan."
next nine to twelve months, various meetings will be convened under the
auspices of the SUNY Global Center in New York City, culminating in a framework for institutional adoption.
Following that, SUNY will assist the UNGC in building its list of institutional
the United Nations Global Compact
2000, the United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies around the world
to align their strategies and operations with ten universal principles in the
areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to take
action in support of broader UN goals.
development, implementation, and disclosure of responsible corporate policies
and practices, business can help ensure that markets advance in ways that
benefit economies and societies everywhere. The Global Compact is not a
regulatory body, but a voluntary leadership platform for dialogue and learning.
With more than 8,200 signatories in more than 135 countries, it is the world’s
largest corporate responsibility initiative.
additional information, contact: Dr. Mitch Leventhal, tel: +1 212 317 3546,
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