Guideline

Guidelines on a Principle-based Approach to the Cooperation between the United Nations and the Business Sector

Summary

Initially developed in 2000 as a common framework for UN-Business collaboration, the Guidelines on a Principle-based Approach to the Cooperation between the United Nations and the Business Sector apply to the UN Secretariat as well as separately administered organs, Funds and Programmes. The original Guidelines, developed in 2000 and further revised in 2009, provided a framework on a common and systemic approach to partnerships between the Organization and the business sector, placing greater emphasis on transparency, coherence, impact, accountability and due diligence.

Following General Assembly resolution 68/234 requesting to improve the 2009 Guidelines on Cooperation between the United Nations and the Business Sector, the UN Global Compact led a process to review and update the Guidelines in collaboration with funds, programmes, specialized agencies and other relevant United Nations entities. The process was launched in recognition by Member States of the important role that the business sector can play in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including by advancing partnerships to implement the new Global Goals.

The Secretary-General encourages all UN entities to use the Guidelines in their partnerships with the private sector.

Sections within the guidelines

I. INTRODUCTION

II. PURPOSE, APPROACH AND SCOPE

III. GENERAL PRINCIPLES

IV. USE OF THE UNITED NATIONS NAME AND EMBLEM AND THE NAMES AND LOGOS OF UNITED NATIONS FUNDS AND PROGRAMMES

V. MODALITIES

VI. INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITIES

VII. FUTURE REVIEWS

Annex I: The UN Global Compact Ten Principles

Annex II: Excerpt of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights