Walking the walk with the UN Global Compact Network
Author: Athina Cantle Date Posted: 21 September 2018
If you’re reading this (a journal by a brand that prints ‘Made Different’ as its catchcry) it’s likely you’re the type to cringe at the phrase ‘it’s the way things have always been done’. Especially in today’s context where we are all learning how our choices as businesses and consumers impact the world around us.
Which is why we’re proud to share that Outland Denim has joined the United Nations Global Compact Network.
You may have already heard about this initiative, but if not, the United Nations Global Compact is a global body, organisation, network, if you will, that aims to provide a structure and framework for businesses who are driven by or simply want to implement sustainable practices into their organisation.
The compact recognises that organisational policy and procedure surrounding sustainability is often led by specialised sustainability focused departments. And while investment in this kind of talent is something to be celebrated, there is a risk that CEOs and executives are not involved in the process.
The United Nations Global Compact however insists on a top down approach in that an organisation’s commitment must come from no other than the CEO or top executive.
“Corporate sustainability starts with a company’s value system and a principles-based approach to doing business. Responsible businesses enact the same values and principles wherever they have a presence, and know that good practices in one area do not offset harm in another.” - UN Global Compact.