GLOBAL COMPACT NETWORK GERMANY

The number of German signatories of the UN Global Compact is increasing in the German Global Compact Network (DGCN): At the time of writing, the total number was 350 companies, ranging from DAX enterprises and SMEs to very small specialist companies, plus more than 50 organisations from civil society, academia and the public sector. In the Network, they can get information about all the topics concerning corporate responsibility, the sharing of ideas and cooperation on practice-oriented solutions.

The DGCN was created in the year 2000 on the initiative of German companies as one of the first national platforms. Its tasks and obligations as an official local Network are defined in a Memorandum of Understanding with the UN Global Compact; it may only bear the name of the German Global Compact Network as long as it carries out these tasks and fulfils these obligations.

3sat Interview mit Marcel Engel

Interview with Marcel Engel (exclusively in German)
Source: 3sat, makro

 

Organisational structure and funding

The bodies of the DGCN are the Participants’ Assembly, the Steering Committee, the Secretariat (‘Focal Point’) and the German Global Compact Network Foundation. The Steering Committee controls the activities of the Network strategically, orienting itself on the general opinions of the participants and proposals and ideas from the New York office. The Secretariat manages the implementation of the strategic objectives. It acts on behalf of and in coordination with the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Foreign Office (AA) of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

The work of the Network is funded by grants from the Federal Government and by an increasing proportion of funds of the DGCN Foundation. The Foundation was launched in 2009 by DGCN companies, enabling them to also participate financially in the activities of the Network.

SECRETARIAT

Marcel Engel

Marcel Engel

Focal Point

Besa Cocaj

Besa Cocaj

Office Management

Philipp Bleckmann

Philipp Bleckmann

Human Rights and Labour

Sophie von Gagern

Sophie von Gagern

Environment

Noor Naqschbandi

Noor Naqschbandi

Anti-Corruption
(Alliance for Integrity)

Kontakt
 

STEERING COMMITTEE

The Steering Committee determines the strategic and thematic orientation of the DGCN. It is elected by the participants, is composed of representatives from business, politics and civil society and operates according to the principle of consensus. For decision-making, it focuses on the opinion of the participants. In coordination with the Foundation’s Advisory Board, it also has a say in how Foundation funds are used.

Diverse representation of interests

The business and civil society representatives of the Steering Committee are elected every two years by the participants of the DGCN. The composition of the Steering Committee reflects the self-conception of the Network, which is a company-driven, multi-stakeholder Network, in which the participants discuss matters on an equal footing:

  • four representatives of the participating companies (plus two alternates)
  • two representatives of the participating civil society organisations
  • two emissaries of the participating federal ministries
  • other advisory, non-voting members (these are called in for any Steering Committee consensus).

Members

Andrea Dreifke-Pieper

Andrea Dreifke-Pieper

WWF Deutschland

Dr. Wolfram Heger

Dr. Wolfram Heger

Daimler AG

Dr. Marita Hilgenstock

Dr. Marita Hilgenstock

RWE AG

 
Dr. Meike Niedbal

Dr. Meike Niedbal

Deutsche Bahn AG

Thorsten Pinkepank

Thorsten Pinkepank

BASF SE

Dr. Angela Reitmeier

Dr. Angela Reitmeier

Transparency International Deutschland e.V.

 
Katharina Riese

Katharina Riese

TÜV Rheinland AG

Bernhard Schwager

Bernhard Schwager

Robert Bosch GmbH

Karin Stoll

Karin Stoll

Federal Foreign Office

 
Natascha Weisert

Anna-Lena Klassen

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

 

Advisory Members

Marcel Engel

Marcel Engel

DGCN Secretary

Kevin Heidenreich

Kevin Heidenreich

The Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK)

Angelika Pohlenz

Angelika Pohlenz

DGCN Foundation

 
Carsten Schmitz-Hoffmann

Carsten Schmitz-Hoffmann

GIZ GmbH

Michael Windfuhr

Michael Windfuhr

Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte



 
 
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