The UN Global Compact
In 2004, as a natural step in the evolution of our focus on corporate social responsibility and sustainability, Capgemini joined the UN Global Compact. The member companies of this programme support and respect ten principles relating to human rights, the environment, labour rights, and anti-corruption. Companies that choose to sign the compact report to the UN annually to show how they have embedded the principles into their working environment and how they measure progress and compliance. The UN Global Compact principles have been embraced in our company Code of Ethics.
The ten principles of the Global Compact
- Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.
- Principle 2: Businesses should ensure they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
- Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right of collective bargaining.
- Principle 4: Businesses should support the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour.
- Principle 5: Businesses should support the effective abolition of child labour.
- Principle 6: Businesses should support the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
- Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.
- Principle 8: Businesses should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.
- Principle 9: Businesses should encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
- Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
UN Caring for Climate Initiative
In 2007, Capgemini signed the Caring for Climate initiative. The initiative was launched in July 2007, at the UNGC Leaders Summit; the project is designed to advance business commitments on climate change in markets around the world. Paul Hermelin, CEO of Capgemini, is one of 200 Chief Executive Officers world-wide, who have signed up as official supporters of the initiative to commit to the development of corporate strategies and practices to reduce carbon emissions, publicly disclose their emissions and work together with governments where the Group is located to develop climate friendly policies.
Carbon Disclosure Project
Capgemini has been one of the few companies in its sector to disclose as much of its carbon footprint as can be calculated in both the annual report and as part of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).