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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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A Comparison of CSR Performance of the UN Global Compact Signatories and Non-Signatories 19 EcoVadis Overall Score: Organizations Headquartered in Non-Risk Countries EcoVadis Score Range Average Score UNGC Signatory 57 Non- Signatory 46 Total 47 0 20 40 60 80 100 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Conclusion Our analysis of approximately 30,000 companies operating in more than 150 countries, across some 150 industries reveals clear evidence of advanced CSR performance by companies that endorse the Ten Principles of UN Global Compact. The results are consistent across all four themes assessed by EcoVadis, accorss different company sizes and operations in risk and non-risk countries. These findings offer encouraging evidence that companies that have adopted the UN Global Compact Principles are stepping up to the challenge and adopting management systems that help them mitigate CSR risks within their operations and extending into their supply chains. Furthermore, the consistently higher performance of UN Global Compact participants operating across the globe demonstrates the benefits of UNGC local networks that support companies on their growth in advancing their CSR efforts. Finally, UN Global Compact participants have the opportunity to leverage a vast global network, with support and tools to help advance their CSR practices. Hence, these findings serve as a call for action for a subset of companies in our sample that adopted the UN Global Compact principles, but are yet to advance their CSR management systems. Ultimately, a clearly advanced CSR performance of UN Global Compact participants should be viewed as an additional argument for large corporations to encourage adoption of UN Global compact principles across their supply chains. This will enable companies to drive CSR performance further along their value chain, and enhance the benefits of aligning its practices with the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact.

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