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.
Interview with Marcel Engel (exclusively in German)
Source: 3sat, makro
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.
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:
Dr. Wolfram Heger
Dr. Marita Hilgenstock
Dr. Meike Niedbal
Deutsche Bahn AG
Dr. Angela Reitmeier
Transparency International Deutschland e.V.
TÜV Rheinland AG
Robert Bosch GmbH
Federal Foreign Office
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
The Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK)
Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte