Global Compact Network 2023-2026

Since 2019, the UN Global Compact Network Switzerland and Liechtenstein (GCNSL) has reinforced its capabilities and member basis, thus strengthening the implementation of responsible and sustainable business conduct within the highly internationalised Swiss private sector. The next phase will focus on scaling up impact and broaden partnerships with local networks in emerging and developing countries and fragile contexts to expand the contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Employment & economic development
Business support & economic inclusion
Industrial policy
01.01.2023 - 31.12.2026
CHF  750’000
Background The 2030 Agenda can only be achieved by joining forces with all relevant stakeholders, including the private sector. This is why Switzerland’s International Cooperation Strategy 2021–24 prioritises increasingly the mobilisation of private sector expertise and resources. GCNSL has become an important platform to engage with the Swiss private sector, to promote responsible business conduct, to stimulate the dialogue and tap into the private sector's expertise to effectively engage on a pathway to sustainability. The increasing cooperation between GCNSL and other local networks in emerging and developing countries reinforces the impact of the partnership in countries and among vulnerable groupes especially relevant for SDC.

The UN Global Compact Network Switzerland & Liechtenstein is accelerating and scaling the local and global collective impact of its Participants by upholding the Ten Principles on responsible business conduct[1] and delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals


[1] See annex 5b

Target groups

-        Swiss private sector /international enterprises in Switzerland;

         Swiss small and medium enterprises.

Medium-term outcomes

O1: The Swiss and Liechtenstein business community acknowledges the importance of and endorses responsible business conduct (RBC) and the Ten Principles along their value chains.

O2: GCNSL becomes the partner of choice in CH/FL and beyond for companies and other relevant organizations who commit to RBC and sustainability

O3: GCNSL participants are accountable for, implement and report progress on the Ten Principles and the SDGs

O4: A growing number of CH & FL SMEs join the UNGC and take actions towards RBC by using the Ten Principles


Expected results:  

-        GCNSL acts as a facilitator in Switzerland and Liechtenstein and eases a fact-based dialog between the public sector, the private sector and the civil society to contribute to implementing RBC and the 2030 Agenda.

-        GCNSL enlarges local and international partnerships for RBC and builds an ecosystem for UNGC Participants

-        GCNSL reinforces and extends its priority collaboration to local networks from emerging economies and continues to engage with European local networks

-        GCNSL holds participants accountable through their demonstrating progress on corporate sustainability and responsible business practices through credible reporting mechanisms provided by the UNGC (annual CoP disclosure);

-         GCNSL implements the UNGC 2021-23 SME strategy and enables SME Participants to implement the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact for RBC

Results from previous phases:  

The external end of phase 1 report concluded that:

- GCNSL is an active, efficient and impactful network, which has grown into a reliable partner for Swiss and Liechtenstein businesses and an ally for other local networks abroad.

- GCNSL is seen as highly relevant, in particular due to its hybrid global/local nature and its unique convening power based on the UN affiliation and the support extended by the Swiss Federal Administration.

- The support extended by GCNSL to selected local networks in SDC partner countries is widely appreciated and helps to demonstrate the Network’s impact in terms of RBC abroad.

- In phase 2, emphasis shall be placed on increasing impact measurement and strengthening accountability of participants through more in-depth and compulsory reporting.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Project partners Contract partner
Swiss Non-profit Organisation
  • Other Swiss Non-profit Organisation
  • UN Global Compact Network Switzerland and Liechtenstein

Coordination with other projects and actors

-        UN Global Compact (SDC /Global Institutions);

-        The Swiss administration, in particular the SECO (Division international investment and multinational enterprises), and the FDFA's Peace and Human Rights Division (PHRD);

-        NGOs, academia;

         Business associations and schools.

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    750’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    200’000
Project phases Phase 99 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2026   (Current phase) Phase 2 01.01.2023 - 31.12.2026   (Current phase) Phase 1 15.02.2019 - 31.12.2022   (Completed)