UN Global Compact was launched in July 2000 by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to mobilise companies around the world in aligning their operations and strategies around ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment, and anti-corruption.
The underlying notion of the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact is that corporate sustainability starts with a principles-based approach to doing business — it is “how” a business operates in society. This means The 79th Group operating in a way that meets the fundamental responsibilities in each of the four areas and conducting the highest levels of corporate responsibility.
“The core of the United Nations Global Compact’s mission is to support companies doing business responsibly by aligning their strategies and operations with ten universal principles on human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption,” said Steve Kenzie, Executive Director UN Global Compact Network UK. “We also support businesses taking actions to advance the Sustainable Development Goals. We are delighted and encouraged by The 79th Group’s endorsement of our initiative.”
At The 79th Group, we are committed to making the UN Global Compact and its principles part of our company’s strategy, culture, and day-to-day operations and engaging in collaborative projects that advance the broader development goals of the United Nations, particularly the Sustainable Development Goals.
“In a country where there has been conflict between the biggest industry – farming – and the most economically active, mining, we felt it was important to put down a marker, right at the outset, about our intentions for our Guinea operations,” said The 79th Group Chairman, David Webster.
“We are also aware that organisations such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have voiced concern over the challenges faced by many people in the country, and so we wanted to make it clear that our commitment to human rights and ethical business is a priority.
“Becoming part of a global initiative, being driven by such a reputable and respected organisation like the United Nations, demonstrates this emphatically, and we are delighted to have joined as Global Compact Participants.”
We are incredibly proud to be members of the @UN Global Compact Network UK, working with other organisations that share our commitment to accelerating sustainability efforts and scaling up impact. Learn how you can join us on this journey: www.unglobalcompact.org.uk/how-to-join.