CEO, Global Synergetic Foundation November,29th,2011
On June 5th, year 2002, Global Synergetic Foundation joined the UN’s Global Compact, and in doing so expressed its steadfast commitment to the Ten Principles that the Compact puts forth. Compliance with these principles is without doubt one of the cornerstones for the democratic and cohesive existence of both companies and society as a whole.
Much of activities are on the same path. We are committed to doing everything we can, in the interests of shareholders, clients, employees and the communities in which we do business. Through Topfield Ventures, the corporate holding arm of the Global Synergetic, has as its primary objective to serve as our clients' most trusted external adviser and service providers on the greatest challenges facing senior management and Governing bodies. We work with a range of organizations – Indian non-profits, companies, and emerging multinational entities. We serve them on a variety of strategic, operational, and organizational issues and help them become world-class companies.We continue to pursue our dynamic management of environmental issues, including the implementation of our climate change strategy. In addition to working towards achieving our 40% CO2 emissions reductions goal by 2012, we have heightened our focus on the client-related aspects of climate change. We remain strongly committed to investing in our people and we continue programs and processes across the firm.
We continue to work at the implementation of important projects linked to our Statement on Human Rights, in particular pertaining to the issue of responsible supply chain management and to the development of sensitive industry guidelines. We remain firmly committed to our effective risk-based approach to anti-money laundering – a key responsibility for any global firm – and to promoting the development and implementation of anti-money laundering and anti-corruption standards for the financial industry as a whole. Our continued dedication to key corporate responsibility activities demonstrates that we have not lost sight of areas of relevance beyond the fundamental consulting and service sphere. Equally, we have not lost sight of the long-term, even while, at present, our main efforts are focused on the short-term, i.e. the resolution of the crisis and the restoration of solid foundations for a successful future.
Focused fully on consultancy, training, and research activities, supporting processes of institutional development or change, tailored to the specific sector, or the respective organization. Conventional ideas about organizational engineering are being supplemented by broader notions on promoting learning, empowerment, and social capital. The approach towards institutional development puts emphasis on effective and sustainable self management, individual creativity, principles of gender equity, local knowledge and participation of stakeholders which gives us sufficient grounding to work with the UNGC Ten Principles. We embrace, support and enact the 10 principles within our “spheres of influence”.
Circle I-work place within our controlling organization where we have the greatest control in affecting ESG (environmental, social and governance) performance.Circle II-our interactive space with member professionals and clients,Circle III-our company’s community interaction, social investment and philanthropy activities as performed through our non-profit units,Shri Jagdish Foundation and Global Synergetic Institute. The former focuses on World Peace Issues while the latter on Issues of Social Justice, welfare and Development. Circle IV-The fact is that the Circles I,III & IV overlap cohesively in Global Synergetic Organization controlled by the Foundation and focus ,as our Corporate Social Responsibility,(CSR),on public policy dialogue and advocacy
In the year 2010-2011 we are able now to disseminate the Ten Principles but to get it implemented in a networked manner.We became UN Caring for Climate Signatories in the year 2008. Our goal with the Climate Manifesto is to give a voice to the strong public opinion that exists with respect to the climate issue, but also to spark a debate. Foundation has been highly adaptive and has been undergoing drastic transformation during the intervening period according to the changing socioeconomic and political world order. We are to give now equal thrust to promotion of World View and Eternal Wisdom for world peace and harmony and Climate and Environment.
It is therefore, with particular pride that I present our Sixth “Communication on Progress”, which describes how our signature of the Global Compact has paved the way to tangible, long-term actions both within our Organization and on behalf of our members.
Our site, https://sites.google.com/a/globalsynergetic.org/cop-2011/ provides the detailed version, on our website http://www.globalsynergetic.org/.An abridged pdf version will also be made available shortly to public at large.
Regards and with best wishes
Dear Caring for Climate Signatory,
Thanks to the leadership and commitment of companies like yours, the Caring for Climate initiative is
making important contributions in the move towards a low-carbon, climate resilient and green
economy. With nearly 400 signatories from 65 countries, Caring for Climate remains the world’s
largest voluntary business and climate initiative. While progress by business is visible in many areas,
the urgency and scope of climate challenges requires broader and more widespread efforts by business,
civil society and government. The 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development – Rio+20 –
offers an excellent opportunity to further engage business to help address climate change on a large
In this context, we are pleased to share with you three developments for the Caring for Climate
1. Broadening the Initiative
The Global Compact and UNEP will make considerable efforts to build a broader, unified group of
business leaders committed to corporate sustainability and establish a pathway towards green growth.
With full support from the Caring for Climate Steering Committee, the initiative will now be open to
companies that have a proven track record of climate leadership but that have not yet joined the Global
Compact. Companies that are most committed to climate action will be invited to engage immediately
in Caring for Climate, with a clear commitment to become a Global Compact participant within two
2. Collaboration with the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on
Climate Change (UNFCCC)
The Global Compact, UNEP and the Secretariat of the UNFCCC have agreed to collaborate on Caring
for Climate and will work together to better align Caring for Climate with the global climate policy
agenda and enhance the visibility of business actions in the process. In the months ahead, and starting
at the 17th Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 17) to be held in Durban later this year,
Caring for Climate signatories will have several opportunities to exchange information and
experiences, and enhance their understanding of the UNFCCC process. UNFCCC will be invited to be
an active observer in the initiative’s steering committee and make substantive contributions to guide
the future development of Caring for Climate.
3. Transparency and Disclosure
Transparency and disclosure have been identified by signatories and stakeholders alike as a key issue
in making Caring for Climate a legitimate, meaningful initiative that advances best practice in
sustainable environmental management in the private sector. In line with existing commitments to
transparency, signatories of the initiative will now be required to develop annual reports – known as "Communications on Progress-Climate" – in which they will be expected to describe how the five core
commitments of the Caring for Climate Statement are being implemented. The reporting requirements
and submission processes will be sent to C4C members shortly.
We are pleased to invite you to mark your calendar for the following events:
Events co-convened by the Global Compact, UNEP-FI and the Principles for Responsible
Investment during the World Climate Summit on 3-4 December 2011 in Durban, South Africa
Fourth Annual Meeting of Signatories on 29 May 2012 in Rio de Janeiro in conjunction with
the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum.
For more information on Caring for Climate, please contact Lila Karbassi (Global Compact,
firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kaveh Zahedi (UNEP, Kaveh.Zahedi@unep.org).
We thank you for your continuous support of the Caring for Climate initiative.
United Nations Global Compact
Director, Division of Technology, Industry and
United Nations Environment Programme