Global Compact represents support for the idea of corporate social responsibility, involving business in solving problems related to globalisation. In cooperation with other social partners, the private sector supports Global Compact in achieving the vision of sustainable development of the world’s economy.

The Global Compact idea made its debut during the World Economic Forum in Davos, where it was presented on 31 January 1999 by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. The idea represented a call to representatives of the business world to be guided by 10 major principles of human rights, employee rights, environment protection and anti-corruption.

These principles are based on fundamental documents such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

The inauguration of Global Compact activity in Poland, with appointment of a steering committee of Polish companies and international companies doing business in Poland, took place on 11 April 2001. The mission of the committee is to foster Global Compact principles among Polish businesses and involve them in the work of the committee. Involvement in Global Compact entails great responsibility, but also extensive benefits, such as exchange of experiences with similarly oriented companies and organisations, development of contacts with other companies, government institutions, NGOs, labour unions and international organisations, as well as cooperation with UN agendas, increasing the opportunities for corporate growth by adding a social dimension to the corporate vision through application of socially responsible strategies and practices.  

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