It says that in doing so, it is publicly committing to integrating the UNGC's ten universal principles on human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption into its own corporate strategy.
“As one of the world’s leading players in the international travel market and a distributor to more than 1,000 customers in over 100 countries, we are part of a global value chain and, like our customers and partners, we see it as our duty to review, document and improve the social and environmental impacts and interdependencies of our commercial activities,” explains Kay Spanger, Heinemann’s executive director purchasing, logistics and fulfillment.
Heinemann is already actively involved in a number of projects as part of its commitment to protecting the environment and shouldering its responsibilities to its business partners, customers, suppliers and employees and to society generally.
Joining the UNGC, it states, is simply a logical next step.
As a result, from now on Heinemann will assess its options for implementing the UNGC sustainability principles in its own business practices as part of its existing CR management system, document the resulting measures in annual UNGC progress reports and publish them in its CR communications.
The UN Global Compact
It is a voluntary initiative for companies that are committed to environmentally and socially responsible business practices.
More than 13,000 companies and organisations in over 160 countries have joined the UNGC since it was first launched in 1999.