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Global Compact Launches Ecuador Network

The Global Compact Ecuador Network was launched during the “First Quito Forum: Responsible Cities and Organizations” on 26 July 2011, during which forty companies and organizations in Ecuador ratified their commitment to the Global Compact. The Ecuadorian Consortium for Social Responsibility (CERES) will serve as the Focal Point for the Ecuador Network.

The launch event was opened by Jorge Parra, UN Resident Coordinator, a.i., in Ecuador, and Diana Chávez, Director of the Regional Center for the Support of the Global Compact in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Mr. Parra encouraged attendees to help achieve UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s goal of increasing the number of Global Compact participants to 20,000 by 2020. He also congratulated CERES and Global Compact signatories in Ecuador for the creation of the Local Network, reminding them of the importance of the Global Compact’s ten principles and their relationship to the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

In sharing regional challenges in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, Ms. Chávez stressed the crucial role played by Local Networks in advancing the positive impacts of the Global Compact in Latin America. She further underscored the work of the Regional Center in promoting the initiative regionally.

Additional speakers included Fabrice Hansé, Director of CERES, Sonia Roca, Dean of Universidad del Pacífico and Luis Bakker, Chairman of Pronaca. Closing remarks were made by Silvana Vallejo, General Coordinator of Territorial Productive Transformation, of Ecuador’s Ministry of Production, Employment and Competitivity.

About the Ecuadorian Consortium for Social Responsibility (CERES)
The Ecuadorian Consortium for Social Responsibility is a network of companies and corporate foundations promoting Corporate Social Responsibility and best practices, focusing the core business of corporations. CERES is the Focal Point for the Global Compact Ecuador Network. www.redceres.org

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Laura Fähndrich
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Ecuadorian Consortium for Social Responsibility (CERES)
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