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The Global Compact: An Organizational Innovation to Realize UN Principles

Posted by Steve Waddell in Published Articles on January 13, 2011

The Global Compact: An Organizational Innovation to Realize UN Principles. Global Compact Governance Paper Series

Abstract:  The United Nations was established to prevent war, promote human rights, support justice and international order, and promote social progress.  Its broad strategy is represented in its inter-governmental secretariat-based structures.  In order to supplement traditional implementing agencies, in 2000 it launched the UN Global Compact to promote the alignment of business action with the UN’s universal principles. In doing so, the UN was at the vanguard, creating a new form of network-based organization.  Such organizations are called Global Action Networks (GANs).  GANs are multi-stakeholder change networks that are addressing critical global issues.  Understanding and supporting the distinctiveness of the UN Global Compact is critical to realizing its full potential.  To deepen understanding of how to work effectively with the UNGC, this paper looks at the Compact first through the framework of GANs strategic characteristics, and second through its distinctive operating logics.

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