Ximedes has been a member of the UN Global Compact since 2012, and I am pleased to confirm that Ximedes continues its support of the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact in the areas of Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-Corruption. We have incorporated it in our "Company Social Responsibility Statement” which is an integral part of our business plan. In this statement we not only describes our values but also how we implemented these in our organization.
Most tangible proof of this is our yearly report to the UN called “ The communication on Progress”. In this annual Communication on Progress, we will describe the actions we have made to continually improve the integration of the Global Compact and its principles into our business strategy, culture and daily operations. We also commit to share this information with our stakeholders using our primary channels of communication.
You can find the latest here.
The UN Global Compact
The United Nations Global Compact (UN-GC) is the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative.
Corporate sustainability starts with a company’s value system and a principles-based approach to doing business. This means operating in ways that, at a minimum, meet fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Responsible businesses enact the same values and principles wherever they have a presence, and know that good practices in one area do not offset harm in another.
By incorporating the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact into strategies, policies and procedures, and establishing a culture of integrity, companies are not only upholding their basic responsibilities to people and planet, but also setting the stage for long-term success.
The Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact are derived from: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.
Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and
Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
I would like to point out the following letter we recently received from the UN because of the reference to the current zeitgeist.
16 January 2019
Dear Mr. Hodde,
I am writing to thank you for your participation
in the United Nations Global Compact, and to ask
for your leadership in creating a “Year of Tipping
The value of universal principles
It was 20 years ago this month that our late
founder UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan first
proposed the idea of a Global Compact between the
United Nations and the world’s businesses. The
universal principles on human and labour rights,
respect for the environment and anti-corruption
proposed by Kofi Annan as the basis of our
relationship are as valuable and relevant today as
they were then.
A topsy-turvy world
During the year gone by, many of us have felt the
foundations of our world shifting beneath our
feet. We have wondered if the excesses and abuses
of decades past could return to rip apart the
stability we considered our bedrock. We have seen
facts challenged by absurd rhetoric and twisted
logic. A small group of individuals are getting
exponentially richer as billions are left behind
in poverty, millions of desperate people are
leaving their homes risking everything for a
better life elsewhere, xenophobia is making a
comeback and climate change threatens our very
survival. In a topsy-turvy world, our Ten
Principles can help restore our balance and steady
Three years into the SDGs
Three years into the Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs), good progress is happening on many fronts
such as alleviating poverty and bringing down
child mortality. But there are huge gaps
particularly on climate change and inequality —
for women, young people and for workers in the
global supply chain. This is where business can
make a huge difference. So now is the moment in
time when we can together begin to create the
tipping points that can drive a more sustainable
way of life as envisioned in the 2030 Agenda for
Sustainable Development and measured by the SDGs.
A Year of Tipping Points
While many business initiatives towards the 17
Global Goals have been encouraging, we urgently
need more companies to get involved. We need to
scale up faster and we need to reach tipping
points that will turn corporate sustainability
from a nice idea into a practical, mainstream
reality for businesses everywhere. The 2030 Agenda
requires big and small companies alike to lead the
charge towards a more sustainable future,
including the investment community who can help
steer the US$3 to US$5 trillion dollars needed
annually to achieve the SDGs.
Achieving the SDGs by 2030 may be a tall
challenge, but it is one that we must achieve for
our own sake and for future generations. Getting
there will require a deep transformation
throughout society — starting with each of us as
How we work to support you
For my part, as leader of the UN Global Compact, I
am pleased to see our 70 Local Networks creating
awareness and catalyzing action on the ground.
They provide our participants with the connections
and expertise required to drive sustainability at
the national and local level and are truly “Making
Global Goals Local Business.” More than 80% of our
participants say they are actively engaged in
achieving the SDGs and, in more than two-thirds of
our companies, the CEO is driving the Global Goals
as part of a responsible business innovation
My colleagues and I are striving to equip all our
participants with the necessary tools and
resources to pursue corporate responsibility in
their own way. A few examples include our new
learning platform, the UN Global Compact Academy, our new SDG Reporting framework to help
companies account for their progress towards the
Goals and Ten Principles, and our Action Platforms that have been designed to enable businesses to
innovate towards the Goals through our unique
This year, we will be launching three new global
impact initiatives to help stakeholders to drive
tipping points and real world impact by: Driving
the SDGs through Youth and Innovation, Closing the
Climate Change Gap and Closing the Gender
Through your leadership, I encourage you to
continue your efforts to demonstrate that business
is a true force for good. Whatever the world
throws our way, let’s navigate towards the SDGs —
always guided by our Ten Principles.
As Kofi Annan stated 20 years ago, and UN
Secretary-General António Guterres continues to
advocate today, Governments cannot do it alone.
The transformational change to create a better
world relies on business know-how and resources.
In other words, leaders like you. Thank you for
being part of the UN Global Compact. We look
forward to working with you in the coming year,
the Year of Tipping Points.
CEO & Executive
United Nations Global
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