(Bali/Indonesia) – Delegates representing 17 Global Compact local networks from the Asia-Pacific region have concluded a two-day meeting in Bali to assess progress made, exchange experiences and plan future activities.
The network representatives presented and discussed a wide variety of approaches to the local implementation of the Global Compact’s mission and committed to further strengthening their communication as well as specific forms of collaboration. Delegates also agreed to continue holding annual regional meetings.
Topics discussed included:
- Communication on Progress: Delegates discussed recent updates made to the Global Compact integrity measures, specifically the communication on progress (COP). The importance of the COP to the integrity of the initiative was recognized, as well as its potential for supporting continuous participant implementation.
- Governance: Local network accountability, logo use and the annual agreements with the Global Compact Office were also covered. It was agreed that local networks should strengthen their governance functions and develop recommendations for improving these systems. Branding was also emphasized as critical to the global visibility of actions and activities undertaken on behalf of the Global Compact.
- Business contribution to development: Two initiatives, the Principles for Social Investment and the Business Call to Action, were presented. Examples from South Korea, Indonesia and the Philippines were shared as inspiration to scale up efforts in contributing to development objectives through these initiatives.
- Subsidiary Engagement: Recognized as both a challenge and an opportunity, the engagement of MNC subsidiaries was discussed at great length. All local network representatives agreed to collaborate further and support a pilot project lead by Pakistan and the Global Compact Office to strengthen participant engagement with subsidiaries.
- Rio+20: The local networks also agreed to gear up efforts towards the Rio +20 conference and the 2010 Annual Local Network Forum, which will focus on the issue of sustainable development. More specifically, the ALNF will be an opportunity to discuss the commitments and solutions that could be proposed at the Rio+20 conference, and to take stock of the strategies and practical steps that business is already taking to advance sustainable development objectives.
- Global Compact LEAD: Martha Tilaar, founder of the Martha Tilaar Group and one of the first Global Compact participants, shared with the local networks her vision for participation in LEAD. She emphasized that Global Compact LEAD will directly support the work of local networks.
The Regional Meeting was hosted by the Global Compact Network Indonesia. Attendees included local network participants from China, Indonesia, Japan, (Republic of) Korea, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Philippines, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Mongolia, India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Viet Nam and Nepal.
Head of Local Networks
UN Global Compact