ProjectA Strategy for the Commons: Collective Action

Project Context

Business-driven networks for sustainability have great potential to address today's sustainability challenges through two new governance mechanisms: collective action and policy dialogue. Collective action and policy dialogue enable companies to jointly address sustainability challenges such as climate change, corruption or inhumane labour conditions, often together with governments and other stakeholders.

The UN Global Compact is represented in about 100 countries by Local Networks. These Local Networks operate as learning platforms for the companies that sign up to the principles of the Global Compact, supporting them in realizing the principles better and better. The UN Global Compact and its Local Networks are particularly well placed to catalyze and host collective action and policy dialogue initiatives. With its ten principles, the Compact attracts companies committed to sustainability and offers actors from different sectors a platform to drive action on the global and local level.

Project Objective

The study aims to explore the potential of business driven networks for sustainability in facilitating collective action and policy dialogue by showcasing the local Global Compact networks. To this end the study offers a strategy for business driven networks on how to design these new governance mechanisms successfully and provide recommendations to the main stakeholders of business-driven networks - companies, governments, international organisations, civil society organisations and intermediaries – on how they can best support networks in driving collective action and policy dialogue. The study will also illustrate a number of good examples of local network activities. It is based on interviews with UN Global Compact Local Networks, governments that have partnered with Local Networks, as well as experts.

Project Output

The study was launched at the 2012 Global Compact Annual Local Network Forum in Rio. The aim of the UN Global Compact was to generate momentum for change among its Local Networks by showing the potential of business-driven networks for collective action and policy dialogue and highlighting good examples of local network action. The study was also presented at the Corporate Sustainability Forum associated with the Rio+20 conference in June 2012.

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