The Global Compact International Yearbook

… is a publication in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the advancement of corporate sustainability globally. As a grassroots publication – by participants, for participants – it offers proactive and in-depth information on key sustainability issues and promotes unique and comprehensive knowledge-exchange and learning in the spirit of the SDGs and the Ten Principles of the Global Compact.

The publication helps to advance transparency, promotes the sharing of good practices, and, perhaps most significantly, gives a strong voice to the regional and global actors that are at the heart of the initiative.

Therefore, the Yearbook includes good practice examples of corporate participants and showcases different approaches for the implementation of the SDGs. In addition, a substantial editorial framework will highlight major trends and issues, globally and regionally, placing the activities of Global Compact participants into a broader context.


In 2015, 193 United Nations member countries adopted a new sustainable development agenda and global agreement on climate change. The new SDGs are unique, in that they call for action by all countries – poor, rich, and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. Now, we have an unprecedented opportunity to bring the world together to improve the lives of people everywhere through the 17 SDGs to improve our world.








Since its launch in 2009, the Global Compact International Yearbook has emerged as perhaps the world’s most influential annual publication for corporate sustainability.


The Global Compact International Yearbook is published in English to target a global audience, including Global Compact participants and relevant stakeholders. The total circulation is 10,000 printed copies and more than 400,000 downloads. Copies are distributed to UN organizations, many Global Compact companies, Global Compact Local Networks, relevant international NGOs, stakeholders, journalists, and analysts as well as to international book fairs and related conferences.


The Global Compact International Yearbook is published in cooperation with United Nations Publications (UNP), the source for more than 5,300 titles produced by the UN organization and its key agencies. In addition, UNP works with 90 sales agents in 61 countries to facilitate distribution of all titles. Additionally, UNP operates bookshops at the UN Headquarters in New York and the UN office in Geneva. Every year, we attend key trade shows and conferences to promote our main titles and new releases.


So far, more than 300 good practice projects have been presented since 2009. They range from practical local projects to holistic global programs. Credible companies can participate in the Yearbook as a content partner and sponsor (see “Participate”). The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 40 per year. The cases are published both in the Yearbooks (printed and digital editions) as well as in the database of the renowned


“Be the change that you wish to see in the world,” Mahatma Ghandi said. In a time of profound political, environmental, and social upheavals, examples are more important than ever. Most of us desire change, but there is only a small group of people who are acting to make that change happen. That makes them exceptional.

The Global Compact International Yearbook is proud to have as authors the most prestigious and credible personalities from politics, civil society, and business. Among them are renowned sustainability experts as well as celebrities from Hollywood and Europe.

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