Corporate sustainability starts with a company’s value system and a principle-based approach to business. This means acting in a way that fulfils at least basic human rights, labour, environmental and anti-corruption responsibilities.
Responsible companies follow the same values and principles wherever they are present and know that good practices in one area do not compensate for harm in another. By incorporating the UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles into strategies, policies and procedures, and establishing a culture of integrity, companies not only fulfil their fundamental responsibilities to people and the environment, but also create the conditions for long-term success.
The ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact guide our daily actions and are derived from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and the United Nations Convention against Corruption.