The University of Western Australia has joined the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative: the United Nations Global Compact.
The UN Global Compact recognises the importance of universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
UWA’s Associate Professor Dave Webb, who co-ordinated UWA’s move to join the UN Global Compact said the University’s participation in the initiative would benefit staff, students and the broader community.
“UWA has a long history of research, teaching and thought leadership in social and environmental sustainability.
“In joining the UN Global Compact, we are especially looking forward to working more closely with business participants in Western Australia and beyond on ways to achieve the sustainable development goals,” he said.
Since its inception in 2000, the Global Compact has impacted on business areas as diverse as caring for the environment, ensuring women’s and children’s rights, and advocating for peace and the rule of law.
Globally, nearly 9000 companies in 166 countries have committed to support the UN Global Compact, with participants including Shell, Wesfarmers, Fortescue Metals Group, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, EY, KPMG, PwC, Allens and CPA Australia.
The UWA Business School is also a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (UN PRME).