Why Join Us?
Sustainable development is one of mankind's greatest challenges. The role of business in this is critical. Corporate Social responsibility is beneficial, not only for the community and environment in which companies operate, but also for the company itself.
The GCNN assists companies in implementing social responsiblity in a number of ways and acts as a platform whereby companies can engage collectively and maintain dialogue on sustainable, responsible business activity. It also works with the GIZ's (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) Public-Private Partnership programe which finances and assists in development projects.
What is Corporate Social Responsibility?
Also known as sustainability, corporate citizenship, social enterprise, triple-bottom line, etc., we find the following definition useful.
“Corporate social responsibility encompasses not only what companies do with their profits, but also how they make them. It goes beyond philanthropy and compliance and addresses how companies manage their economic, social, and environmental impacts, as well as their relationships in all key spheres of influence: the workplace, the marketplace, the supply chain, the community, and the public policy realm.”
(Harvard Kennedy School's definition)
The Global Compact Network Namibia (GCNN) is a local chapter of the the United Nations Global Compact, which was founded in 2000 by Kofi Annan in the strong belief that social problems can only be solved by involving the private sector. Today, the UN Global Compact is the world’s largest network of social conscious organizations in over 130 countries.
Local networks advance the UN Global Compact and its principles within a particular geographic context. GCNN as Namibia's local Global Compact chapter was founded in 2008 by some leading local companies. The GCNN has about 30 active members (corporates and SMEs), who all commit to finding responsible business solutions.