ECCO supports the United Nations Global Compact
The European Club for Countertrade and Offset (ECCO) was recently added to the UN Global Compact register of participants, a further demonstration of the Association's commitment to Social Responsibility.
About the UN Global Compact
The UN Global Compact is a United Nations initiative that encourages companies, associations and any other organization to do business responsibly in order to create "a sustainable and inclusive global economy that delivers lasting benefits to people, communities and markets". It was officially launched in July 2000 and gathers nearly 12,000 business and non-business participants in more than 140 countries.
How ECCO became a "participant"
Organizations which are willing to get involved are required to report on the socially responsible actions they have undertaken throughout the year. ECCO sent a Letter of Commitment to H.E. Ban Ki-Moon, General Secretary of the United Nations, stating that it supports the Ten Principles laid down by the UN Global Compact and that it will report on progress once every two years.
The Ten Principles
"Participants" are encouraged to implement policies in line with the Global Compact's principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. These are the key topics.
ECCO and Social Responsibility
Ethics Committee
ECCO has always cared about Social Responsibility. The Ethics Committee has existed from day one and presents a permanent reminder of its "Ethics and Competition" rules at every ECCO Symposium.
ISO 26000
In 2014, ECCO received official recognition of its compliance with the guidelines laid down by ISO 26000, putting it squarely on the map as a socially responsible association.
Social Responsibility Report
The Ethics Committee produced ECCO's first Social Responsibility Report in December 2014. This report showcases the efforts ECCO is making to adhere to the ISO 26000 guidelines, which are very similar to the 10 UN Global Compact Principles.
ECCO is now aiming to heighten its members' awareness of the UN Global Compact and is actively encouraging them to join. Ethics and anti-corruption are key issues for the Association and have been part the ECCO-ESSEC Countertrade and Offset Academy program since it was founded in 2012.
Christian Sylvain, chairman of ECCO stated "ECCO's participation in the UN Global Compact again demonstrates ECCO's steadfast commitment to pursing excellence in offsets through the alignment of the Association's systems, processes and performance with the world's highest standards of Corporate Social Responsibility."
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