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Events in Pakistan Explore Advancement of the Global Compact

(Karachi) – The Global Compact Local Network Pakistan today concluded a series of meetings aimed at launching a new phase in strengthening the Global Compact and the Local Network in Pakistan. The meetings included:

* The Business Role in Societal Development centered on a discussion of best CSR practices in Pakistan and was held in collaboration with the SITE Association. An award was given to honour a young entrepreneur in Pakistan who developed an electronic device application that helps users to control the power switches of their home and office from a distance.
* Business Embracing Labour Standards for Global Marketing was held in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Employers‘ Federation of Pakistan (EFP) and Workers -Employers Bilateral Council of Pakistan (WEBCOP). This multi-stakeholder dialogue on Labour Rights emphasized the vital role that the principles have in the Global Compact.
* Embedding Social Responsibility Among Youth was hosted by the Newport Institute of Communications and Economics (NICE) and showed strong support for the goals of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). A commitment was made to develop the capacities of students to be the future sources of sustainable value for business and society. The event was attended by Sindh Minister for Youth Affairs, Faisal Sabzwari and Adviser to Chief Minister Sindh, Sharmila Farouqi.

Further network developments:

To stimulate local growth of the Local Network in Pakistan a system of district chapters was proposed. The district chapters of the network would provide the opportunity to establish and sustain local interest and enthusiasm by focusing activities on community priorities and needs.

A Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Lions Club International and the UN Global Compact in 2008, is now replicated at the local level, between the Local Lions Club and the Global Compact Local Network Pakistan.

“These milestones point to the strength of the Global Compact in Pakistan and show that efforts to embed corporate sustainability in Pakistani companies continue to increase,” said Soren Petersen, Head of Local Networks in the Global Compact Office. “The Global Compact Local Network Pakistan recognizes that alignment with universal principles is a way of advancing global integration, openness and accountability, while leveraging business strengths to create opportunities for development.”

Contact

Soren Petersen
Head of Local Networks
UN Global Compact
petersens@un.org