Article 13 has released its half year UN Global Compact Communication on Progress (COP) this week, detailing actions and commitment to human rights, labour rights, the environment and anti-corruption. With 2008 being the 60th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights and human rights being one of the four areas of advocacy included in the UNGC, this report is published with special significance. It is available for download in the UNGC section of www.article13.com, as well as on the UNGC website.
Article 13 takes its membership of the UNGC extremely seriously and as one of only a few small business members, we take particular care to address a wide scope of issues in a strategic manner. We contribute to global issues such as those linked to the Millennium Development Goals, as well as local issues that are happening in our own backyard. In an effort to improve our approach in 2008, Article 13’s mid-2008 COP includes an ambitious statement of continued support as well as specific actions taken and planned. The aim is to really make a difference where we can and increase the awareness and support for the 10 UNGC principles.
Over the last six months Article 13 has taken considerable efforts to address each and every one of the UNGC principles in both global actions that require partnerships and joint ventures, and local initiatives that affect the communities in which we work. On a local scale our actions include supporting local business and community through our procurement choices and environmental practice. Nationally, alongside being signatories to the recent Call to Action on the Millennium Development Goals by Rt HON Gordon Brown, Article 13 has committed itself to several responsible business partnerships and ventures. Article 13 has also been involved in a number of global initiatives supporting human rights, the fight against poverty and hunger, as well as various international current affair causes that depend on our support.
After being rewarded with ‘Notable COP’ status for its full year 2007 COP, an extremely significant achievement for an SME member of the UNGC, Neela Bettridge, a director of Article 13 said: “This year the UN Global Compact Office has given us Notable COP status, which highlights and recognises outstanding Communication on Progress. Understandably, we are very proud of our performance and will be using this recognition to further our advocacy efforts and inspire other organisations, large and small, to get involved. We are now even more truly committed to embedding UNGC principles and Millennium Development Goals.”
Visit the Article 13 website to find out more about Article 13’s commitment to the UNGC principles.
Article 13 is a leader in business responsibility, typically in the areas of corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability and governance. Article 13 seeks to embed and integrate responsible business practices in organisations by means of consultancy services, training, coach-mentoring and thought leadership.
For further information on Article 13's UNGC activities, please contact:
Name: Fiona Banyard
Phone: +44 (0)20 8840 4450