In this chapter, we start by painting a picture of what the world looked like,
in the context of corporate sustainability, when the Global Compact was
launched. We then proceed to examine the change we have seen through to
the present day.
Changes are observed across three levels (see
model on page 19), towards the overarching goal of achieving the vision
of a ‘sustainable and inclusive global economy’:
- In corporate practices: How have global business practices changed towards deeper integration of sustainability and the Global Compact objectives?
- In the corporate operating environment: How have conditions and drivers in the corporate operating environment changed so they are more supportive or enabling of sustainable business practices?
- In the
dominant worldviews: How has the dominant worldview, our thinking,
attitudes, values and beliefs, over the role and responsibility of
We present in total 16 findings across these
three levels, and for each finding we outline the role the Global
Compact has played in driving change. To conclude this chapter, we
reflect upon the impact that the Global Compact has had since it was
Throughout this chapter you will find ‘Spotlight’ sections where we take a deeper look at specific Global Compact initiatives. Some are focusing on critical issues like climate, water and peace; others look at ways that the Global Compact is engaging with its participants, such as through the Local Networks and LEAD.