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Dear Members and Friends of the Network:

2020 marks the beginning of the “Decade of Action". It will be a landmark year as we begin the decade of delivery for Agenda 2030 and the SDGs with the launch of our historic 20th anniversary campaign, in alignment with the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.


There are many opportunities to engage through Network USA as we begin this “Decade of Action”, which are outlined below. In particular, I would like to highlight our recently launched search for this year’s SDG Pioneer for Global Compact Network USA. We are seeking applications from (and nominations for) business leaders from any level of our member companies who are doing an exceptional job to advance the Global Goals through the implementation of our Ten Principles on human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption. Applications are due by April 15. The winner will be recognized by Network USA and will be nominated for global recognition to the UN Global Compact.




Adam Roy Gordon

Engagement Director, Network USA


Network USA SDG Action Lunch
Chicago, IL (April 28, 2020)

Join Global Compact Network USA for the SDG Action Lunch on the side of The Sustainability Consortium Annual Summit. The lunch is for members of the UN Global Compact, attendees of The Sustainability Consortium Annual Summit, and other invited guests. 

In addition to networking with peers, this lunch will feature speakers highlighting new and notable opportunities to engage with the UN Global Compact and the SDGs, including an introduction to our 20th anniversary events, the SDG Action Manager, and the Toolkit for Sustainable Procurement.


         Delaware Responsible Investment Discussion: 

Co-Organized by the Office of Delaware Treasurer & PRI 

Wilmington, DE (March 24, 2020) 

Hosted by K&L Gates LLP 600 N King Street Suite #901 Wilmington, DE 19801

Join us as we bring together investment leaders from the Mid-Atlantic region to discuss opportunities and barriers to expanding the reach of responsible investment and incorporating ESG into various aspects of the financial industry. Featuring keynote address from Delaware State Treasurer Collen Davis, a panel discussion on ESG integration, and workshop style discussions where participants will discuss their histories with ESG, including challenges they’ve faced, concluding with a networking reception.


Are you a SDG Pioneer?

Apply by April 15

SDG Pioneers Program 

Are you setting ambitious SDG targets, scale and impact at a company that participates in the UN Global Compact? If so, we want to hear your story. Through their own company or by mobilizing other businesses, SDG Pioneers help advance one or more of the SDGs while also contributing to business success.

Apply by April 15th 2020

Are you an SDG Pioneer?
Apply here. 


Do you know an SDG Pioneer? Nominate someone else here.

Employees working at any level of a company participating in the UN Global Compact are eligible to apply or be nominated. To check whether an organization is a Participant or Signatory of the UN Global Compact, please search
this online database. If a company has not yet selected an engagement tier, they can do so here.

USA program or see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) here.

Update on our Young SDG Innovators Programme (YSIP)

The program is an opportunity for participating companies of the UN Global Compact to identify young talent within their organizations to collaborate and accelerate business innovation towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This ten-month accelerator program activates future business leaders and changemakers to develop and drive innovative solutions through new technologies, initiatives, and business models and deliver on their company’s sustainability objectives. The Young SDG Innovators Program is designed to engage your company’s brightest and best talent in not only advancing your sustainability efforts but driving innovation and delivering tangible solutions with potential market value for your company.

The current cohort met recently, representing 8 Industry-leading companies. They spent the week learning how to harness sustainable innovation, grow their solutions value propositions, competitive advantages, and the art of persuasion in preparation of their final pitches at the United Nations in June, 2020.

Their journey to achieving breakthrough innovations are far from over, and it was encouraging to see the coming together of some of the brightest minds trying to start the conversation on solving the most complex issues of today and tomorrow.  

YSIP year 2 will launch in September and will be opening our search participating member companies in the coming months. If you are interested in participating, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Anniversary Events

20th Anniversary of UN Global Compact

UN General Assembly Hall – Opening Plenary   

June 15, 2020 - New York (3pm – 6pm)
The opening plenary will reflect on the role of sustainable business in a rapidly evolving world, providing an opportunity for business to reaffirm its commitment to responsible action and multi-stakeholder partnerships in support of the Global Goals. 

UN Global Compact 20th Anniversary Reception - UN Delegates Dining Room  

June 15, 2020 New York (6pm – 9pm) 

Reception will celebrate 20 years of progress towards building a global movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders to create the world we want.

A Sustainable World - Jacob Javits Center

June 16, 2020 New York (9am – 5pm)

Inspiring plenary sessions, exhibitions and interactive workshops will feature innovative examples of how multi-stakeholder partnerships are unlocking new business opportunities and capital, while also driving impact on the ground.

               75th Anniversary of the United Nations

This year, the United Nations commemorated its anniversary with a special announcement from the Secretary General – “This United Nations Day also marks the beginning of our efforts to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the United Nations. In 2020 we will launch the biggest-ever global conversation on the role of international cooperation in building the future we want.” The announcement sparked global engagement as UN75 materials, in 9 languages, were posted and shared by influencers, political leaders, youth organizations, NGO’s, think tanks and more from across the globe. The #UN75 social media posts reached millions of people worldwide. New outlets such as the New York Times and the Washington Post published articles highlighting the initiative. Momentum is rising in the lead up to the UN75 launch in January 2020. Join the conversation, be the change.


March 24, 2020 
Delaware Responsible Investment Discussion
Wilmington, DE

April 28, 2020
SDG Action Lunch
Chicago, IL

April 28-30, 2020
The Sustainability Consortium Annual Summit
Chicago, IL

June 15-16, 2020
UN 20th Anniversary Leaders Summit
New York, NY

July 7-16, 2020
High Level Political Forum 2020
New York, NY

September 15-30, 2020
United Nations General Assembly
New York, NY

September 22, 2020
Making Global Goals Local Business USA
New York, NY

Foreign Company Membership

Opportunity for Foreign Companies and Subsidiaries to join Network USA

Global Compact Network USA has opened up Network membership to local offices and subsidiaries of UN Global Compact participants headquartered in other countries. The application is now live on the Network USA website and, if accepted, such members will have full local member access and their engagement will be recognized on the UN Global Compact website.


Special Appeal: COVID 19

As the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, the United Nations Global Compact is calling on business leaders everywhere to unite to support communities and companies affected by the outbreak. Please read our special appeal to support affected communities and businesses in their time of need.



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