Guide to Communicating on Engagement.

Communicating on Engagement

On October 31, 2013, the Global Compact introduced Communication on Engagement (COE) for non-business participants, such as cities.  This reporting mechanism aims to provide non-business participants with an opportunity to engage more actively in the initiative and to better connect with business participants. The Global Compact City Scan, launched in February 2015 by the Cities Programme, assists cities to fulfil their commitment to Communicate on Engagement. Visit the Global Compact City Scan for more information. The COE is a tool for non-business participants to express their commitment through transparency and communicate the ways they advance the Global Compact. In the spirit of continuous improvement and engagement, non-business participants will be required to disclose specific activities in support of the initiative to stakeholders every two years, as well as results. The COE is a disclosure of specific activities that a non-business participant takes in support of the Global Compact and its results. The COE is a public document uploaded to the Global Compact website. When possible, the COE must be fully integrated in the organization’s main medium of stakeholder communication, such as an annual report. PowerPoint Overviews of the Policy: – English – Communication on Engagement Policy – Introduction Non-Business Participants – Español – Comunicación de Involucramiento – Participantes No Corporativos

COE Policy

Non-business participants in the Global Compact will be required to communicate to stakeholders on their activities in support of the initiative within two years of joining – or two years from 31 October 2013 for existing non-business participants, and every two years thereafter. Failure to submit a COE every two years will result in a change of participant status to “non-communicating”. Organizations that do not submit a COE within one year of becoming “non-communicating” will be expelled from the initiative. The COE must include the following elements:
  • A statement by the chief executive or equivalent, such as the Mayor or Governor, expressing continued support for the Global Compact and renewing the participant’s ongoing commitment to the initiative and its principles.
  • A description of the practical actions that the organization has taken to support the Global Compact principles and to engage with the initiative. Practical actions should relate to one or more of the specific activities suggested to each type of non-business participant in support of the initiative.
  • Measurement of outcomes (i.e. qualitative or quantitative measurements of results).

Suggested Activities for Cities

There are various activities that demonstrate cities engagement with the Global Compact. The following are suggested activities that can be reported in the Communication on Engagement: 1. Implement and promote the ten principles of the UN Global Compact in the management and administration of the city or region; 2. Support businesses and other stakeholders in establishing or implementing sustainability initiatives that are transparent and beneficial to the city, region and/or greater community; 3. Have a dedicated sustainability plan or a holistic city/regional plan that incorporates the ecological, economic, political, and cultural dimensions of the region’s sustainability; 4. Acknowledge its participation in the Global Compact publicly and promoting the initiative and the ten principles within its sphere of influence; 5. Engage in Global Compact Local Network activities; 6. Utilize assessment tools and methodologies developed by the Global Compact Cities Programme, and sharing knowledge and innovations developed with the use of these tools. This can take the form of dedicated publications or annual reporting; 7. Engage at the Leader level of the Global Compact Cities Programme; 8. Engage at the Innovating Level – undertaking a multi-year project to address a complex or seemingly intractable issue(s) within the city or region, which is supported by leaders across business, civil society and Government. Actividades Potenciales de CoE (español)