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October 2023: Open engagement opportunities and resources from the UN Global Compact UK Network

Dear Members of UKI PRME, 


I am pleased to bring to you our October edition of free engagement opportunities and tools and resources from the UN Global Compact UK Network open to the UKI PRME Chapter. 

Please share these offerings with your colleagues and networks.   


UN Global Compact Network UK engagement opportunities 

NEW! Mainstreaming Gender into OSH – Wednesday 15 November, 2pm to 3:30pm GMT  

Women constitute around 47% of the workforce globally, and health and wellbeing are not one size fits all. As such, gender differences should be taken into account when considering the development and design of occupational safety and health policies. Failure to adopt a gender-sensitive approach can result in productivity loss and increased healthcare expenses.   


With support from International SOS, UN Global Compact Network UK is delivering a four-part webinar series which will support businesses to level up their OSH agendas and incorporate issues relating to mental health, gender, and disabilities.  

To learn more and register, please visit our website


NEW! Collecting Scope 3 Data Webinar Series – February 2024  

The UN Global Compact Network UK is hosting a four-part webinar series to support businesses to efficiently collect Scope 3 emissions data from across their value chain. This series will explore how companies can collect Scope 3 data using a variety of tools, surveys, and software and will feature case studies and insights from businesses on good practice in this area. The series will cover four key themes over the course of one month, including:  

  • Supplier Engagement – Thursday 1 February, 10am to 11:30am GMT   

  • Upstream Emissions – Thursday 8 February, 10am to 11:30am GMT   

  • Downstream Emissions – Thursday 15 February, 10am to 11:30am GMT  

  • Employee Engagement – Thursday 22 February, 10am to 11:30am GMT  

You can learn more and register here.  


Tools and Resources  

The UN Global Compact Network UK has launched the SDG Playbook for SMEs, the go-to guide for smaller companies to unlock the competitive advantages of embracing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  


The SDGs remain the greatest catalyst for global action. Companies, no matter how big or small, need to raise their sustainability ambitions to the standards laid out by the SDGs.  

The SDG Playbook for SMEs, produced in partnership with Irwin Mitchell, provides the building blocks for small and medium-sized enterprises to integrate the SDGs into core business functions.  Whether you’re a small business at the start of your journey, or a large multinational engaging smaller companies in your supply chain, take action today to future-proof your business.  


You can download the report here.    


The world is at a pivotal moment. At the midpoint to 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are in peril. If trends continue, none of the goals will be reached. An outsized impact is needed — and a blueprint for change is here.  The SDG Stocktake, produced by Accenture in partnership with the UN Global Compact, offers an appraisal of the private sector contributions to the SDGs thus far and charts out a detailed path for businesses to make an accelerated impact ahead of 2030.  


You can download the report and a key takeaways infographic here.  


Spread awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and demonstrate your commitment to the 2030 agenda with our SDG lapel pins and SDG flags!  


SDG pins are sold in packs of 20 for £45 including UK shipping and can be ordered from our website here.  


SDG flags are made of fully recycled material and can be purchased for £45 including UK shipping on our website here.  


Past Webinar Recordings   

For those who missed out the first time, or who simply wish to refresh their memory, we have a host of past webinar recordings available on our website, including:  

  1. Creating Impactful Climate Transition Plans Webinar Series – a three-part series developed in collaboration with the Transition Plan Taskforce (TPT) to aid company efforts with developing and publishing detailed net zero transition plans.  

  1. Transitioning to a Circular Economy Webinar Series – a series of webinars exploring the specific challenges and opportunities related to the transition to a circular economy for six key issue areas.  

  1. Your On-demand Learning Platform: UN Global Compact Academy Webinar – provides an overview of the Academy platform and its fantastic benefits.  

  1. Environment Q&A Surgeries – learn more about specific environmental topics by engaging with experts in an interactive Q&A format.  

  1. Reducing Scope 3 Emissions Webinar Series – a series of nine sessions exploring how to reduce and measure every category of Scope 3 emissions.  

  1. Pride Plus: Building LGBTIQ+ Inclusive Business – addressed LGBTIQ+ visibility, inclusion, and participation in the workplace. Includes practical tools, resources, and examples for companies to make concrete progress on these critical issues.  

  1. Climate & Human Rights: Building Resilience for Business – looks at the intersection of climate and human rights with insights drawn from a range of sectors and agents.  

  1. Climate Action Summit: Delivering a Net Zero Future – a series of eight sessions convening more than 30 expert speakers from business, government, and civil society to explore how companies can implement circular economy principles and nature-based solutions to meet emissions reduction targets and build broader environmental and societal resilience.  

  1. Sustainability Reporting – a three-part series, developed in partnership with ERM, which dives into the specifics of new reporting regulations and the European Green Deal finance package to explore how these will impact businesses.  

UN Global Compact UK Network Members’ engagement opportunities 

Heart of the City is an independent charity which is housed and supported by the City of London Corporation. Heart of the City’s purpose is to support SMEs to be a force for good, through a variety of programming including free lunch and learn sessions. You can view these on their upcoming events page and register for some of the next sessions, including:  Neurodiversity in the workplace – Thursday 16 November, 12pm BST  

* Please note this initiative is not organised by the UN Global Compact Network UK.   


The EY Law Center for Sustainability Learning (CSL) is a series of legal training sessions aimed at professionals from in-house legal, HR, tax, and other corporate functions that play a role in that organisation’s sustainability or ESG agenda.  

Upcoming sessions include:  

  • Navigating M&A through a sustainability lens – Wednesday 25 October, 8:30am to 9:45am BST  

  • Sustainable disclosure and reporting: what now, what next? – Wednesday 29 November, 8:30am to 9:45am GMT  

  • The people factor in ESG – Wednesday 31 January 2024, 8:30am to 9:45am GMT  

  • Sustainable finance and green bonds – Wednesday 28 February, 8:30am to 9:45am GMT  

  • Voluntary carbon credits: Good or bad? Short or long-term fix? – Wednesday 27 March, 8:30am to 9:45am GMT  

  • Effective approaches to supply chain sustainability – Wednesday 24 April, 8:30am to 9:45am BST  

  • Governance is all – Wednesday 29 May, 8:30am to 9:45am BST  

  • Transitioning to decarbonised sustainability – Wednesday 26 June, 8:30am to 9:45am BST  

Register here to attend.  


* Please note these events are not organised by the UN Global Compact Network UK.   



Convened by the International Cultural Relations Research Alliance (ICRRA), this online conference will discuss the pressing challenges of sustainable development, the UN Agenda 2030, and the UN Summit of the Future’s call for more effective multilateralism.  

Register for Day 1 (Monday 30 October) here and Day 2 (Thursday 2 November) here. For more information, contact James Perkins, Head of Research Excellence at the British Council.  


* Please note this event is not organised by the UN Global Compact Network UK.  


The UN Global Compact Network UK also offers additional engagement opportunities to members, please click hereto find out if your institution is a member


Warm Regards, 

Katie Lee 

PRME/Global Compact Network UK Participant Engagement Coordinator 

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