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SUNY Global Center to Lead Adoption of UN Global Compact in Higher Education Worldwide; Leventhal Appointed Senior Advisor to United Nations

(New York) — 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.

The UN 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
increasingly multi-national, and have challenges similar to businesses, has led to the impetus to adapt the Global Compact Principles for use in higher education.

“As 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 manner.”

The United 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.”

“I am 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.”

Over the 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 adopters.


David Henahan
Office of Communications
State University of New York
State University Plaza, Albany, NY 12246

Matthias Stausberg
UN Global Compact

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