On 1 October 2008, the Global Compact Office, IBLF and UNDP brought together senior business executives with UN staff from a selection of United Nations (UN) Programmes, Funds and Agencies, to discuss how the UN System and its various entities work, and how companies and the UN System could work better together.
More than 30 representatives from business participated, including KPMG, InBev, Nestle, Siemens, Accenture, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, IKEA, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Credit Suisse.
Many companies are increasingly seeing the value of working with the UN but find it difficult to navigate the UN System. Over the past decade, partnerships between the private sector and the UN have increased significantly, producing innovative solutions across a broad spectrum of local and global initiatives and laying foundations for greater engagement.
Business representatives asked for clearer guidance from the UN to partnering options geographically, using business-relevant themes, as well as for the UN to help strengthen the business case and benefits of engagement, with the UN. One specific proposal was to produce a two-way guide for how companies and UN agencies can better approach each other.