Raising the Bar
Creating Value with the UN Global Compact
Edited by Claude Fussler, World Business Council for Sustainable Development; Aron Cramer, Business for Social Responsibility; and Sebastian van der Vegt, International Labour Organisation
June 2004 240 pp 297 x 210 mm
paperback ISBN 978-1-874719-82-3 £POA
This book fills a critical void between support for the UN Global Compact Principles and the need for this support to be translated into the day-to-day running of business to create value and improve performance.
Please note: this title is currently out of print. However, the ebook version (PDF) is available to buy .
"unquestionably one of the most concise explanations available about the doctrines of the Global Compact"
"a key book"
This book, produced by a unique team of business experts and UN agencies, is
designed to fill a critical void-between the support of more than 1,000
organisations for the globally recognised Principles of the United Nations
Global Compact and the need for this support to be translated into the
day-to-day running of business to create value and improve
The ten Global Compact Principles cover human rights, labour standards, environmental responsibility and anti-corruption. But what does it mean to implement the Compact and its principles? How can the broad brush strokes of the Principles form the basis of management change? And how should companies establish benchmarks and performance indicators for implementation? For many companies, the journey is just starting. How can they ensure that they align with the Global Compact in ways that continue to reward their other business objectives? How should they embrace and capitalise on the Global Compact's potential for bringing together business, the public sector, trade unions and civil society in new partnerships?
The aim of this book is to answer these questions by providing a performance model clearly grounded on the total quality management approach to assist businesses in putting the Global Compact into practice. Raising the Bar collects together and categorises a wealth of corporate responsibility tools, good practice and case studies in a structure familiar to anyone aware of business excellence models and demonstrates that values create value-leadership commitment to the Global Compact can impact both the boardroom and the shop floor, public image and balance sheet.
Full of graphics and designed with accessibility in mind, the book will be a goldmine for managers looking for inspiration on how their businesses can be good corporate citizens and real proof that good business is also good for the bottom line.
This book is a leader in advancing corporate citizenship — practical,
innovative and focused on results. It is a useful guide at a time when
leadership matters most.
Henry A. McKinnell, Chairman & CEO, Pfizer Inc.
This book illustrates brilliantly the capacity of business to address the
whole range of issues related to corporate social responsibility. It shows how
business provides effective and innovative solutions by walking the talk and
putting into practice its commitment.
Bertrand Collomb, Chairman, Lafarge
This book will help bridge the gap between principles and practice, providing
companies with useful terms of reference to improve their social and
environmental impacts and to begin to deal with human rights issues. It is a
step towards addressing the Global Compact's most pressing challenge — the
need for practical impact.
Irene Khan, Secretary-General, Amnesty International
The book's sub-title makes its purpose clear. The aim is to help the growing
number of companies that have signed up for the Compact's ten principles to
deliver against the implied promises. This is a key book. If a majority of
signatory companies have not got well down this path three years from now, we
should seriously question whether the Compact deserves a UN-endorsed
John Elkington, SustainAbility Radar, August 2004
This book will become a valuable handbook that sits next to the telephone of
every CSI, CRS or Sustainability Manager. I suspect it may also be useful to the
Communication Manager or the Crisis Communications Team to act as a source for
reality checks and benchmarking. A must for every corporate library and an
excellent reference work.
Eagle Bulletin 15.1 (July 2004)
... unquestionably one of the most concise explanations available about the
doctrines of the Global Compact ... The tools described in the book give
executives a road map to follow the principles with rigor and, perhaps, with
more precision than some companies have managed so far ... the experts delve
into a 10-step plan-do-check-act approach required to embed the Global Compact
into the routine operations of the corporation...
It is a timely, necessary and an essential addition not only to those
organisations who have already engaged with the United Nations Global Compact,
but for those who have been considering it and for those who want to consider
The Corporate Citizen, Vol. 4 Issue 2 (2004)
... a comprehensive reference guide produced by a international team of
Industry and Environment, September 2004
Win-win options are brilliantly summarised ... This book, in combinations
with other available resources ... will act to strengthen corporate environment
and social responsibility.
Natural Resources Forum, November 2004