Voluntary Initiatives

The UN Global Compact

The 10 Principles of the UN Global Compact are derived from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. Signatories commit to issue an annual "communication on progress" towards its goals.


Originally the Carbon Disclosure Project, CDP runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage and self-declare their environmental impacts and publishes an annual league table of scores covering a range of issues.



RE100 is a global initiative involving more than 100 influential businesses who have committed to switch 100% renewable electricity, in order to increase demand for - and delivery of - renewable energy. RE100 is a project by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP. Both organizations are part of the We Mean Business coalition.

Circular Economy 100

The Circular Economy 100 is a programme established by the Ellen Macarthur Foundation that aims to enable organisations to develop new opportunities and realise their circular economy ambitions faster. It by bringing together corporates, governments and cities, academic institutions, emerging innovators and affiliates in a multi-stakeholder platform.


Science-Based Targets
Setting science-based targets means establishing targets for your organisation that are in line with the level of decarbonization required to keep global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre- industrial times. The Science Based Targets initiative mobilizes companies to set science-based targets and boost their competitive advantage in the transition to the low-carbon economy. It is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and one of the We Mean Business  Coalition commitments.

Net Positive
A Net Positive business puts back more into society, the environment and the global economy than it takes out. The Net Positive Project brings together an authoritative and ambitious coalition of cross-sector partners to develop a credible and aligned net positive approach, supported by a common set of principles and best practices. It aims to create a race to the top by increasing the sustainability ambition level of companies to have a positive impact on society and the environment.

The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) is a leading source of impartial information, resources and best practices for achieving integrated social and environmental sustainability through ICT.