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UNGC Club Launch
First club in the UAE part of the UN Global Compact Organization
15/03/2017


The Student Retention and Success Office at AUD and the UN Global Compact Organization officially launched the UNGC Club, the first of its kind in the UAE, in the presence of Mr. Mahmoud El Burai, UNGC UAE Local Network Representative. El Burai addressed the students about the ten principles of the UNGC along with discussing future steps for the club.
 
The attendees also heard from Dr. Elham Seyedsayamdost, Chair of the Department of International and Middle Eastern Studies at AUD and Ms. May Sonbol, President of the UNGC Club.
 
Mrs. Tala Makhlouf, Director of Student Retention and Success at AUD comments, “the UNGC and AUD have signed an agreement regarding the 10 principles, and In order for us to stay in line with those principles, we have created the UNGC Club for the students. We are proud to say that this is the first club in the UAE to be part of the UNGC.”
 
The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact[1]
Corporate sustainability starts with a company’s value system and a principled 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 Global Compact principles 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 UN Global Compact’s Ten 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.
 
Human Rights
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.
 
Labour
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.
 
Environment
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.
 
Anti-Corruption
Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
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