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Commitment vs. Practice: A Comparison of CSR Performance of the UN Global Compact Signatories and Non-Signatories

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12 Commitment vs. Practice Labor and Human Rights 0 20 40 60 80 100 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Average Score UNGC Signatory 55 Non- Signatory 44 Total 45 UNGC Signatory Non-Signatory Company Size Large Small and Medium-Sized Large Small and Medium-Sized Average Score 53 57 40 44 Peak Score 60 60 40 50 Environment The Environment theme comes second when it comes to performance level among companies assessed by EcoVadis, with both size groups increasing their focus and capacity. Environment is also the only theme, where we see a reversal in performance for large and small- and medium-sized companies: Large companies' scores are equivalent or slightly higher than those for small- and medium-sized ones. In many cases, this is a result of larger companies having more capacity than their small- and medium-sized counterparts to invest in efficiencies and practices that benefit their bottom line and the environment. Small- and medium-sized companies, in comparison, have fewer resources to commit toward developing innovative environmental practices and efficient technologies. When comparing UN Global Compact participants and nonparticipants, it is evident that participants exceptionally outperform their nonparticipant counterparts. This can be linked to the fact that environmental protection plays a key role within the UN Global Compact framework. As a result, participants tend to exhibit stronger performance within the Environment theme. That said, there is a gap in environmental performance for UN Global Compact participants assessed by EcoVadis, with 6 percent scoring 30 or lower and 19 percent scoring below average in this theme. The UN Global Compact participants achieved an average EcoVadis score of 57 within the Environment theme, while non-participants scored 43. This represents a gap of 14 points on average, which is the largest performance gap between UN Global Compact EcoVadis Score Range

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