Brazilian Local Network Reorganizes and Prepares for Rio+20

(Belo Horizonte) – Marking the tenth anniversary of the Global Compact’s first introduction to Brazil, the Global Compact Network Brazil celebrated its reconstitution with an event in Belo Horizonte focused on preparations for the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).

Coordinated by the Brazilian Committee of the Global Compact (CBPG) as part of an International Seminar on Social Responsibility – Sustainable Future: Business Leaders and the Balance of Development, the meeting provided an opportunity for Network participants to discuss the main trends in the movement for corporate responsibility and strategic plans for 2012 – in particular the Rio+20 conference.

The Network, comprising 392 participants, has adopted a new governance structure which includes a 35-member committee and a Board of five companies: Petrobras, Itaipu, CPFL, Braskem and Nutrimental.

Global Compact Executive Director Georg Kell spoke about global trends involving corporate sustainability and expectations for the work of the Brazilian Network. Luis Fernando Nery, President of the Brazilian Network, explained the function of CBPG, its commitment to corporate sustainability, and its new guidelines and strategies.

In advance of Rio+20, the Brazilian Local network will partner with the Global Compact to deliver a successful private sector contribution at the Corporate Sustainability Forum: Innovation & Collaboration for the Future We Want, to be held 28 May – 2 June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

“We, with Rio +20, have a great opportunity to promote discussions and concrete contributions to bring to countries’ sustainable development,” said Arnaud Peral, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative. “In this sense, the meeting of the Global Compact has an important role in mobilizing the business sector to participate in the conference in order to contribute effectively to the search for solutions in terms of sustainability.”

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