The ten principles of the Global Compact are minimal standards, that rest upon documents
already recognized in the majority of states and already anchored in national lawmaking.
Lack of control
Conceived as a forum of learning and dialogue, the Global Compact deliberately
abstains from sanctions and other measures of control. Observance of the principles
is not directly controlled. The only check on observance is the yearly progress reports,
which are not subjected to further controls.
Misuse as advertising
The participating businesses are not verifiably committed to the observance
of social and ecological minimal standards, but they profit from the good name
of the UN (so-called “blue-washing” as a play on the UN colour).
Although some 3,700 businesses have joined the Compact to date, this is but a tiny
fraction of the 65,000 trans-national concerns active world-wide.
Costly reporting requirements
For small and middle-sized businesses, the requirement to report annually is
prohibitively labour-intensive and costly.
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