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Welcome to UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. As a local network of the United Nations in the Netherlands, we stimulate organizations to align their operations and strategies with Ten Principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Our ambition is to accelerate and scale the global collective impact of business by upholding the Ten Principles and delivering the Sustainable Development Goals through accountable companies and ecosystems that enable change. Participating companies become part of a unique global network where knowledge sharing is key. Through a range of training programmes, toolkits, events and online courses, we support your organization in improving it’s sustainability strategy – regardless of its size or level of sustainability proficiency.

It’s not looking good, we’re way off track when it comes to the Sustainable Development Goals (source: SDG Stockstake 2023). Despite already being halfway on the journey to the 2030 Agenda, sufficient progress has been made on only 15% of the SDGs. Business has a vital role to play in achieving a sustainable, green, fair and social world. In addition to more and more companies having an intrinsically sustainable ambition and understanding the business case for sustainability, laws and regulations are also creating increased pressure for companies to join the movement. UN Global Compact provides tools for companies to increase their sustainable impact and communicate about it.

UN Global Compact helps companies capture, assess, define, implement, measure and communicate a sustainability strategy. We do this by offering training programs, facilitating peer learning, networking events and providing access to an online training platform. In addition, companies are making their efforts more visible by reporting through the Communication on Progress and using the We Support UN Global Compact logo.

With more than 20,000 participating companies and 62 Local Networks covering 67 countries, the UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. UN Global Compact provides benefits to all companies regardless of size, sector, location or level of expertise in sustainability. All companies that apply go through a Due Diligence process before being admitted. See which companies went before you here.



Connected to a globally recognized policy framework


Possibility to participate in GCNL activities


Access to targeted knowledge in the field of human rights, labor, environment and the fight against corruption


Sharing knowledge and best practices with like-minded people


Access to 60+ local networks


Access to a wide range of specialized publications, tools, webinars and current programs



Important to the future success of their business



A route to competitive advantage in their industry



A chance to grow and innovate

Source: UN Global Compact-Accenture CEO Study

How do I join?

To join UN Global Compact, you must submit a Letter of Commitment and complete an online application form. The Letter of Commitment is a letter addressed to Secretary General António Guterres making a CEO-level commitment to the Ten Principles. The template for businesses can be found here. The online application form can be found here.

Want to learn more about what UN Global Compact can offer you?

Reach out to one of our Participant Engagement Managers, Linde Reus or Monica Pascual, to ask all your questions.

Monica Pascual

Monica Pascual

Participant Engagement Manager

Linde Reus

Linde Reus

Participant Engagement Manager

Frequently asked questions

What is the benefit of joining the UN Global Compact?

Participation in the UN Global Compact is open to a wide range of organizations, including companies, small and medium-sized enterprises, subsidiaries, non-governmental organizations, business associations, labour organizations, academic institutions, foundations, public sector organizations, and cities. More information on who can participate can be found here.

To ensure that UN Global Compact policies and practices safeguard the integrity and reputation of the United Nations and the values it upholds, we maintain some exceptions that restrict organizations from participating in the network.

Organizations that meet the following exclusionary criteria cannot be recognized as participants of the UN Global Compact:

  • Subject to a UN sanction
  • Listed on the UN Ineligible Vendors List for ethical reasons
  • Derive revenue from the production, sale and/or transfer of antipersonnel landmines or cluster bombs
  • Derive revenue from the production and/or manufacturing of tobacco

The exclusionary criteria was updated on 12 September 2017. See here for more information. For more information about our entry process, please refer to the UN Global Compact Joining Policy.

What are the requirements of joining the UN Global Compact?

The UN Global Compact provides a universal language for corporate responsibility and provides a framework to guide all businesses regardless of size, complexity or location. We’re your guide every step of the way. We’ll help you commit to, assess, define, implement, measure, and communicate your sustainability strategy.

What are the requirements to join the UN Global Compact?

There are two main requirements that companies must meet to remain “active” participants of the UN Global Compact:

1. Pay the annual fee (if applicable). The invoice for your company’s annual fee will be sent as soon as your company’s application is approved.

2. 2. Participating companies submit their Communication on Progress (CoP) annually between March and July. More information about the CoP can be found here.

Is there a cost associated with participating in the UN Global Compact?

UN GCNL contribution fee overview

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