University endorses UN Global Compact
La Trobe University has endorsed ten United Nations principles in a bid to confront the global sustainability challenge.
The largest institutional sustainability initiative in the world, the UN Global Compact’s (www.unglobalcompact.org/) signatories includes thousands of business, government, civil and education organisations from over 130 countries.
The endorsement of the UN backed principles is just one of a growing number of partnerships the University has forged in the area, said Pro Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability) Professor Carol Adams.
‘La Trobe’s ongoing commitment to initiatives that include; the UN Global Compact, the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRI), the UN Principles of Responsible Management and the University’s successful Fair Trade application illustrate our institutional responsibility to provide solutions to pressing sustainability issues on a global level,’ she said.
Along with 7700 signatories worldwide, La Trobe has pledged to comply with the ten United Nations Global Compact Principles covering human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption principles. These principles ensure the international community and the corporate world generate policies to serve both society and the global economy in a more sustainable and inclusive manner.
La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Johnson welcomed the University’s support of the UN Global Compact.
‘The UN Global Compact Principles fit with the values of La Trobe University and by endorsing these Principles we are acknowledging our ongoing commitment to influence the behaviour of this generation and the next,’ Professor Johnson said.
These commitments, coupled with the creation of the La Trobe Institute for Social and Environmental Sustainability signify the University’s dedication to include responsible practices in all aspects of curriculum, research, policy and practice.
‘In order to teach responsibility we must be responsible ourselves,’ said Professor Adams.
‘The UN Global Compact and the the Institute for Social and Environmental Sustainability will give us tools to enhance the culture of social responsibility through our teaching and research at La Trobe and beyond,’ she added.
The announcement coincided with the University’s ratification of the Talloires Declaration (www.ulsf.org/programs_talloires.html) which was developed by higher education leaders concerned by the extent of environmental pollution and degradation occurring globally. The declaration has been ratified by over 400 universities and colleges worldwide.
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