Membership Brochure of Global Compact Network India
Forum of India Signatories to
United Nations Global Compact
For Sustainable Business Models & Markets
United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
The United Nations Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are
committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in
the areas of Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-corruption. With over 8700 corporate
participants and others stakeholders from over 130 countries, it is the largest voluntary corporate
responsibility initiative in the world. UNGC has emerged as the most sought after brand in CSR
(CSR is now regarded as a basic Corporate Responsibility). Indian Companies / Organizations
have significant representation in UNGC with nearly 280 companies as its signatories.
The UN Global Compact offers a policy framework and leadership initiative endorsed by the Chief
Executive with an aim to engage corporates in creating a more sustainable and inclusive global
economy. It offers participants a wide spectrum of specialized work streams, management tools
and resources, and topical programmes and projects- all designed to help advance sustainable
business models and markets.
The UNGC initiative is today the largest voluntary CSR initiative
in the world covering the issues of Human Rights, Labour,
Environment and Anti corruption and works towards the broad
UN Millennium Development Goals.
Ten Principles of Global Compact
How to join United Nation Global Compact
• Prepare a Letter of Commitment from the Chief Executive Officer (and endorsed by
the Board) to the secretary-General of the United Nations expressing support for the
Global Compact and its principles.
• Complete the online organization registration form and submit online the letter of
Commitment to the Secretary – General.
Link to web page for online registration:
Principle 1 – Businesses should support and respect the protection
of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
Principle 2 – make sure that they are not complicit in human rights
Principle 3 – Businesses should uphold the freedom of association
and the effective recognition of the right to collective
Principle 4 – the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory
Principle 5 – the effective abolition of Child Labour; and
Principle 6 – the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Principles 7– Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Principle 8 – undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Principle 9 – encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Anti – Corruption
Principle 10 – Businesses should work against corruption, in all its forms including extortion and bribery.
GCN, India provides an opportunity for members to share experiences,
innovative practices and to collaborate for furtherance of responsible
business values within country specific contexts.
Global Compact Network India
One of the key elements of the UNGC initiatives is the existence of business led multi-
stakeholders platforms of local networks which provide an opportunity for members to share
experiences, innovative practices and collaborates for furtherance of responsible business
values within country specific contexts.
The Global Compact Network India was formed by the UNGC participant companies from India.
It was registered in New Delhi in November 2003 as a Non-Profit Society (www.gcnindia.org) to
function as the Indian Local Network of the Global Compact Programme, functioning within a
globally recognized and established initiative with a pan-India membership base.
Global Compact Network (GCN) provides an extremely relevant vehicle for Indian Companies-
Large & SME, Academic institutions and Civil Society organizations to join hands towards
strengthening responsible business initiatives in India and Internationally.
Why Join Global Compact Network India
Today when the most progressive companies are focusing on CSR, Global Compact is the right
platform to demonstrate Nationally and Internationally the commitment to CSR and ethical
working of the companies. Voluntary guidelines on CSR by Ministry of Corporate Affairs lay
emphasis on almost the same core issues as advocated by UNGC. Department of Public
Enterprises has also issued guidelines on CSR for CPSEs which make a reference to UNGC.
Benefits of Joining Global Compact Network India
1. Global Ethical Framework:Any stakeholder joining GCNI enters into a Global Ethical Framework
by embracing universal principles on Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-corruption
long recognised by governments all over the world but not yet universally implemented.
2. Induction, Training and Communication of Progress: Companies are provided by way of briefing
and training activities to the key staff on what it means to be a part of the UNGC and how they
can contribute to their organization’s CSR activities and other initiatives which cover broadly
the ten principles of UNGC. Assistance is also provided to companies in preparing their annual
Communication of Progress (COP) as part of their commitment to the principles of UNGC.
3. Integrated Platform: The network provides a high-impact collective action platform by way of
Knowledge Sharing and Network Meetings; Regional Conclaves; National Convention in which
leaders from all over the country representing various sectors meet to address and explore
how collective action can create incentives for ethical business performance and on some
of the most urgent social and environmental challenges of our times. It also strengthens
corporate citizenship and develops partnership projects to the achievement of the Millennium
4. Publication and Communication: Creates a window of opportunity for the stakeholders to
share their best practices to a larger global audience by way of publishing in Annual UNGC
documents and through electronic communication by means of UNGC & GCNI websites.
Global compact is the right platform to demonstrate
nationally and internationally the commitment to csr
and ethical working of the companies.
Gcn provides an extremely relevant vehicle for indian
companies- Large & sme, Academic institutions and civil
society organizations to join hands towards strengthening
responsible business initiatives both Nationally and
The network provides a high-impact collective action
platform by way of knowledge sharing and network
Companies / SME’s / Institutions / NGO’s in
India who are committed to UNGC Principles are
Network India. The Network charges a nominal
membership fee that is used for carrying out its
For the application form please Contact:
How to Join Global
5. Participation in the Governance of the Network, including election to the Governing
Council or becoming member of subject sub-committees which would bring in varied
stakeholders on board and add vibrant leadership, visibility and credibility to the
6. Collective Action Project on Anti-corruption and Green Economy provides an enabling
platform at the country level where different stakeholders address various issues
related to corruption. Further, it acts like a forum to share information and experiences
and find way and means to collectively fight against corruption and mitigate challenges
related to environment.
7. Representation through State, National and International Forums: GCNI is a pan
India membership driven network, state chapters bring in not only the existing but
potential stakeholders to actively take part in the activities and initiatives of GCNI.
Stakeholders are provided with opportunities to represent GCNI in National and
There are four categories of members in the network
1. Corporate Members( Companies / Corporations)
2. SME Members (Small & Medium Enterprises)
3. Institutional Members
a) Non-Profit Making Societies
c) Educational and Research Institutes
d) Govt. Departments
4. NGO Members
a) Civil Society
b) Non-Government or Labour Organizations
S. No. Membership Category
1 A Corporate Members
Upto ` 500 Crores in the
25,000 25,000 2,50,000
1 B Above ` 500 Crores 50,000 50,000 5,00,000
2 SME Members 10,000 10,000 1,00,000
3 Institutional Members 10,000 10,000 1,00,000
4 NGO Members 10,000 10,000 1,00,000
*Onetime payment made at the time of joining
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SCOPE Complex, Core 5, 6th Floor (ONGC Office),
7 Institutional Area, Loodhi Road, New Delhi – 110003
Phone: 011-243064686, Telefax: 011-24368269