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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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Foreword Dear Reader, EcoVadis was founded in 2007 with the idea that sustainability was soon to become the ultimate priority for businesses and, in fact, the entire economy. Back then, we saw a critical need for a simple, reliable and global sustainability rating platform. Today, with offices in nine countries and employing more than 550 professionals, EcoVadis assesses close to 20,000 companies per year on their environmental, human rights and ethical performance. We now feel that it is time to share this wealth of information with the global community. The United Nations Global Compact is a set of ten principles launched more than 15 years ago to encourage businesses to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, and to report on their implementation. Since then, nearly 10,000 companies worldwide have committed to follow these principles. And now, the UN Global Compact is working to take businesses to the next level, by encouraging them to commit and report on the Sustainable Development Goals. This, in the UN Global Compact's own words means that "business will have to collaborate and innovate in new and even radical ways to make global goals local business and fully realize the 2030 Agenda." We therefore felt it was time to look into the EcoVadis database to see whether companies which are UN Global Compact signatories are more sustainable than others. EcoVadis itself endorsed the UN Global Compact principles more than ten years ago. We believe the UNGC principles are an important international instrument to drive sustainability practices throughout the economy. However, we also believe that our role, as an independent rating agency, is to speak up and testify whether the UN Global Compact is a guarantee of sustainability and whether its signatories can be trusted in their engagement. Enjoy the read and don't hesitate to share your comments. Regards, Sylvain Guyoton Senior Vice President of Research

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