Bord Bia has become a registered participant of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) – the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative with over 13,000 corporate participants and stakeholders from over 160 countries.
The news followed an official meeting with the UNGC chief of Participant Relations, Fundraising and Communications, Sue Allchurch, and Bord Bia’s CEO, Tara McCarthy, in New York.
Launched in 2000 by the United Nations, members of the UNGC are required to align their operations and strategies to support the 10 principles of the UNGC with respect to human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, as well as advancing the UN Goals including the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Speaking in New York, Ms McCarthy said: “Bord Bia is honoured to join the UNGC and pledge our support to upholding the 10 principles of the UNGC. Membership of the UNGC further underlines Bord Bia’s commitment to promoting the SDGs within the Irish food and drink industry through the development of Origin Green, Ireland’s national food and drink sustainability programme."
Through membership of the UNGC, Bord Bia will gain access to a range of international stakeholders and resources – to share best practices, guidance and emerging solutions to address global sustainability challenges and support private businesses to deliver upon the SDGs.
“We welcome the opportunity, which memberships affords, to collaborate with the UNGC to share knowledge, experience and ideas for the advancement of sustainability goals worldwide," said Ms McCarthy.
Key principles of the UNGC are communication and collaboration with all members encouraged to inform stakeholders and the public about their involvement with the Global Compact. Furthermore, members must actively encourage other businesses and stakeholders to participate in the UNGC and engage in collaborative projects.
UN Global Compact’s 10 Principles
The UNGC's 10 principles 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.
- Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
- Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
- Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective
- The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
- The effective abolition of child labour; and
- The elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
- Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
- Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
- Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
- Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.