What is the difference between the Global Compact and the Global Compact Network Romania?

The United Nations Global Compact is a global platform for business and non-business entities to engage in areas of human rights, labour, environment, anti-corruption. Participation in the Global Compact is a widely visible commitment to the implementation, disclosure, and promotion of its ten universal principles. Local Networks, such as Global Compact Network Romania, are clusters of participants who come together to advance the United Nations Global Compact and its principles within a particular geographic context. Our role is to help companies engage in the Global Compact with respect to implementation of the ten principles, and create opportunities for multi-stakeholder engagement and collective action.

Do I have to pay to become a UNGC signatory?

Business participants are asked to make an annual donation to support the work of the UNGC, but this is currently not compulsory (more information here).

How much does it cost to join Global Compact Network Romania?

Annual membership costs EUR 3.500  for large business, EUR 1.000  for medium, EUR 500 for small and EUR 200 for micro-enterprises & non-business.This administration fee is necessary to cover the cost of Network activities.

As defined in the 2003/361/EC European Commission Recommendation of 6 May 2003 concerning the definition of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises: large – over 250 employees and EUR 50 million annual turnover | medium – 50-250 employees, EUR 10-50 mil | small: 10-50 employees, EUR 2-10 mil | micro:

Why do I have to pay twice?

The voluntary donation supports the global governance of the UNGC and allows companies to attend in international meetings and working groups.
The donation to the local network supports the hosting of the Global Compact Network Romania Secretariat, which supports Romania-based companies and local priorities and activities. It also represents Romania based companies at international forums.

Can I just join the Global Compact without joining Global Compact Network Romania?

Yes – there is no obligation to join Global Compact Network Romania, but many signatories find that membership of Global Compact Network Romania them to get more out of being Global Compact signatories. Joining the local network enables companies to engage locally on issues relating to the ten principles, participate in cross sector events and exchange with peers.
For more information about participating in the Global Compact, visit the UNGC website.

Can I join Global Compact Network Romania without joining the Global Compact?

No – members of Global Compact Network Romania must be registered signatories to the Global Compact.

What are the benefits of joining Global Compact Network Romania?

There are many benefits of membership, but for many companies the key issues are:

  • support in fulfilling the UNGC’s requirement for communication on progress;
  • regular meetings and events, which provide excellent learning and networking opportunities;
  • staying informed about GCO activities;
  • enhanced relations with other UN agencies.

Who is the Secretariat of Global Compact Network Romania?

The Secretariat of the Global Compact Network Romania  is hosted by The CSR Agency, a specialist consultancy. The Secretariat is responsible for coordinating a programme of activities for members of the Network.

How do I join Global Compact Network Romania?

If you would like to join Global Compact Network Romania, please contact the Secretariat. We will ask you to sign a statement of support and provide the following details:

  • Full contact details for the day-to-day contact(s) in the organisation;
  • Address details for sending the invoice and a PO# if needed;
  • A short (50 word) description of your organisation for the UK Network website;
  • Permission (or not) to announce your membership on our website and twitter.

Can more than one member of my company be on the mailing list?

Absolutely – please contact the Secretariat if you or another member of your company would like to receive information from Global Compact Network Romania.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Secretariat.


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