The UN Global Compact (UNGC) is a United Nations non-binding pact to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies. It was formed in 2000 and has 13,000 businesses signed up. The British Council is one of the signatories and are particularly active in supporting principles and policies on anti-slavery, anti-corruption and the environment.

The UN Global Compact has ten general principles to support businesses to catalyse action towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) derived from

  • the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
  • the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development
  • the UN Convention Against Corruption.


UN Global Compact 20th-Anniversary Progress Report: Uniting Business in the Decade of Action

This report provides an assessment of how companies participating in the UN Global Compact are adopting the Ten Principles and taking action to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Link to download the report (registration required)