Swiss Global Compact Partnership

Projet terminé

The private sector has a central role to play in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through joint action with other stakeholders. The consolidation of the Global Compact Network Switzerland (GCNS) is an important gateway for the SDC in Switzerland to strengthen the implementation of responsible and sustainable business practices by the highly internationalized Swiss private sector, particularly in developing countries and fragile contexts, and to promote its contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Monde entier
Emploi & développement économique
Soutien commerciale & inclusion économique
15.02.2019 - 31.12.2022
CHF  850’000
Contexte Corporate Social Responsibility approaches and Responsible Business Conduct frameworks abound, as do the commitments made by businesses to the SDG. Yet the implementation and the impact of sustainable business practices are not straightforward, and in spite of public pressure, a lot remains to be explored and done by the private sector. In Switzerland, public-private platforms such as the GCNS are are highly valuable to promote sustainable business more broadly, to stimulate the dialogue and provide tools to businesses to effectively engage on a pathway to sustainability. This is particularly relevant to poorer and vulnerable populations in developing countries, which are disproportionatly affected by negative impacts of business operations or undue practices in global value chains.
Objectifs The implementation of responsible and sustainable business practices reduces negative impacts and enhances positive effects of Swiss business, notably on poorer and vulnerable population groups in developing contexts.
Groupes cibles Swiss private sector /international enterprises in Switzerland,
in particular small and medium enterprises.
Effets à moyen terme O1: The GCNS is consolidated as a convening platform for sustainable business and engages as a credible broker between business and other stakeholders on sustainable development and on the SDG
O2: Responsible and sustainable business frameworks and practices are promoted by strategic partners of the GCNS, and are increasingly implemented by members
O3: Selected initiatives involving SDC and GCNS members are established and contributions for the strengthening of local GC networks in developing countries are made

Principaux résultats attendus:  

  • The business membership base has grown steadily and has consolidated through business diversity (sector/size)
  • The GCNS offers advisory services on responsibility and sustainability frameworks, particularly for sensitive sectors and fragile contexts
  • Regular and substantive interaction of the GCNS members with NGO, academia and the public sector on sustainability issues is established
  • The GCNS has actively supported business in acquiring knowledge on sustainable business practices and in implementing it
  • An initiative, involving SDC and one or several members of the GNCS has been facilitated and lead to action

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

The GCNS is increasingly perceived by business as an active platform and facilitator in relation to sustainability issues

The GNCS plays an important role in bringing together different frameworks and principles (UN, OECD, 2030 Agenda) to the private sector.

The GCNS is fully operational thanks to the establishment of a proactive secretariat, a well-functioning governance structure and a substantial increase of paying members

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Organisation suisse à but non lucratif
  • Autre organisation suisse non-profit

Autres partenaires
Global Compact Network Switzerland (GCNS)
Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs
  • UN Global Compact (SDC /Global Institutions) 
  • The Swiss administration, in particular the State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO, Division international investment and multinational enterprises), and the FDFA’s Human Security Division (HSD) 
  • Cantons 
  • NGOs, academia
  • Business associations and schools
Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    850’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    847’215
Phases du projet Phase 2 01.01.2023 - 31.12.2026   (Phase en cours)

Phase 1 15.02.2019 - 31.12.2022   (Completed)