Guidelines on Cooperation Between the UN and the Business Sector

Summary

Initially developed in 2000 as a common framework for UN-Business collaboration, the Guidelines on UN Business Cooperation apply to the UN Secretariat as well as separately administered organs, Funds and Programmes. As an important component of the Secretary-General’s efforts to modernise the Organization, the Guidelines are intended to help UN staff develop more effective partnerships between the UN and the business sector while ensuring the integrity and independence of the United Nations.

The Guidelines’ revision was chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General and involved senior staff from over 30 UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes who shared years of experience in collaborating with business. The process was launched in response to Member States’ requests that the United Nations place greater emphasis on impact assessment, transparency, accountability and sustainability of United Nations-business partnerships and that partnership management be enhanced.

The Secretary-General encourages all UN entities to consider using the Guidelines when developing or revising their own business collaboration framework.

Sections within the guidelines

I. BACKGROUND

II. PURPOSE AND SCOPE

III. CHOOSING A PARTNER

IV. GENERAL PRINCIPLES

V. USE OF THE UN NAME AND EMBLEM AND THE NAMES AND LOGOS OF UN FUNDS AND PROGRAMMES

VI. MODALITIES

VII. INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITIES

VIII. FUTURE REVIEWS

Annex I: The Global Compact’s Ten Principles

Further information

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