As part of our increased focus on adapting to a more sustainable business administration, we have joined the Danish branch of the worldwide CSR initiative UN Global Compact, which several of the country’s companies and other stakeholders are now a part of. Director Michael Pedersen comments on Applicate IT’s new membership of UN Global Compact Network Denmark:
“Even before we started to open our eyes to the UN Global Compact initiative, we focused on implementing other green initiatives. As a company, we are still looking more and more at how we can reduce our environmental footprint – for example, we are in the process of setting up a new A/C system in our Asian office, which will not only create a better indoor climate for our team of software developers and IT experts, but also reduce our costs considerably. Besides, several of our employees also use electric cars to and from work. “
THE 10 PRINCIPLES
A company’s sustainability is based on its value system and a principle-based approach to doing business. The 10 principles of the UN Global Compact basically address the fundamental responsibilities for human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. As a company, it is important to act according to the same values and principles wherever business is made. By taking the 10 principles into account in connection with strategic planning as well as in the preparation of company policies and procedures, your company makes sure to take responsibility for the planet and its people, and at the same time help to set the framework for future success for sustainable transition.
ABOUT UN GLOBAL COMPACT
Announced by Kofi Annan in 1999, the UN Global Compact is a non-binding UN pact that encourages companies around the world to adopt sustainable and socially responsible corporate policies and to report regularly on their implementation. Based on the “Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact”, which is in line with several declarations, including e.g. UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, companies can not only maintain their basic responsibility to the earth and its people, but also help set the agenda for future success in the above areas.