Learn. Connect. Collaborate


19-20 September
Grand Hyatt New York

The Global Compact Action Fair aims to provide a collaborative space for Leaders Summit participants to explore, navigate and commit to key actions and partnerships to address global sustainable development priorities.

The Action Fair will comprise Global Compact and Local Network exhibitions and thematic booths covering Environment, Governance & Stability, Management Blueprint, Private Sustainability, Finance and Social Development. The Action Fair will provide innovative tools and practical resources for learning and action across these themes - through Global Compact issue initiatives and platforms - as well as an opportunity to connect with participants to advance business action and collaboration. All participants are encouraged to join the mini-workshops and Jumpstart Action sessions taking place on 19-20 September.

action fair booths


   UN Global Compact    Environment
  • Caring for Climate
  • CEO Water Mandate
  • Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles
  Global Compact Local Networks   Governance & Stability
  • Anti-Corruption
  • Business for Peace
  • Human Rights & Labour Principles
  Management Blueprint
  • Global Compact LEAD
  • Board Adoption & Oversight
  • Supply Chain Sustainability
  • Business Partnerships                        
  Social Development
  • Children's Rights & Business Principles
  • Education
  • Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)
  • Women's Empowerment Principles
  Private Sustainability Finance
  • Private Sustainability Finance
  • Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
  • Social Enterprise & Impact Investing
  • Sustainable Stock Exchange (SSE)                         

programme: Jumpstart action

On 19 September, participants are invited to join mini-workshops hosted by Lego Foundation focused on building a stronger future with a special thematic focus on human rights, environment and education. The workshops will be held at the Action Fair from 9:00 to 17:00.

Six "Jumpstart Action" sessions will be held on 20 September from 12:30 to 14:00 to complement the various themes and initiatives of the Action Fair. The object of these sessions is to inspire business to commit and scale up action and collaboration in key areas.


19 September, 9:00 - 17:00

Building a stronger future through play by LEGO Foundation

Through active engagement in model building, LEGO Foundation will facilitate mini-workshops to engage Leaders Summit participants in becoming “Architects of a Better World”. Participants are invited to build their own core thoughts of what a stronger future might look like within one of three areas: human rights, environment and education. The individual models created by participants will be combined to build a shared model. The facilitated process stimulates creative-thinking and imagination and is used as a hands-on idea generation and problem-solving tool.

20 September, 12:30 - 12:55

UN Global Compact Business Partnership Hub | Empire Ballroom I
Linking global and local action through the Business Partnership Hub

The UN Global Compact Business Partnership Hub is an online platform designed to connect businesses with potential partners; facilitate partnerships in the areas of climate and energy, water, anti-corruption and social enterprise; and link businesses with potential partners in the UN system. Featuring practical success stories from business partnership champions – including LEAD companies and Global Compact Local Networks – this session will explore the business case for partnering and will unveil the potential impact a global matchmaking tool can have on scaling partnerships at the local level.

Speakers: Mr. Miguel Pestana, VP Global External Affairs and Media Relations, Unilever; Mr. Greg Priest, Head of Sustainability Policy, IKEA Group; Mr. Jorge Soto, Chair, Global Compact Network Brazil

Global Environmental Outlook for Business by UNEP/SustainAbility | Empire Ballroom V


This session will present and discuss GEO-5 for Business, a research report published by UNEP in June. Through the examination of four key business aspects (operations/supply chains, markets, policy, and reputation) across 10 sectors (ranging from food/beverage to transportation to finance), Geo-5 for Business distils key business risks and opportunities that result from environmental trends.

Speakers: Mr. Jeff Erikson, Senior Vice President, SustainAbility

20 September, 13:00 - 13:25

Business for Peace | Empire Ballroom V
Why and how can companies, investors and Global Compact Local Networks take action to advance peace?


This session will highlight compelling examples of private sector actions to advance peace, and introduce the new “Business for Peace” (B4P) platform which aims to expand and deepen corporate engagement to advance peace in the workplace, marketplace and local communities. Examples will be profiled drawing from a new UN Global Compact-PRI Resource Package on “Responsible Business Advancing Peace".

Speakers: Ms. Thaira Abdul Hussain Hassan Alkaflwy, Representative, Global Compact Local Network - Iraq and Senior Manager, Training and Development Department, Council of Ministers of Iraq.

Children's Rights & Business Principles | Empire Ballroom I

Find out why children matter to your business and how you can take action to respect and support children’s rights in the workplace, marketplace and community. Learn how business leaders have already taken steps to advance children’s rights, and how business at all levels, and across sectors and regions, can get involved.

Speakers: Ms. Iris Van der Veken, Representative, Global Compact Network Belgium / Manager Corporate Affairs, Rosy Blue; Ms. Sanda Ojiambo, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Safaricom

20 September, 13:30 - 13:55

Social Enterprise and Impact Investing | Empire Ballroom I

  This session aims to introduce participants to Global Compact’s exciting work to support business model innovation for social impact. Session participants will have the opportunity to interact with the Social Enterprise Action Hub – an online platform where social enterprises, corporations, investors, policymakers and NGOs can take collective action to create and evolve business model innovations with social impact to address global development challenges. Participants will also learn about opportunities to form social enterprise-corporate partnerships in key markets through Collaboration Labs – two-day events that convene social enterprises, corporations, investors and policymakers to create and evolve partnership models to address sustainability challenges.

Speakers: Mr. Joon Choi, Vice President, Social Enterprise Team, SK Group; Mr. Uddesh Kohli, Representative, Global Compact Local Network India

Women's Empowerment Principles | Empire Ballroom V


The WEPs Action Fair session will introduce the Women’s Empowerment Principles – Equality Means Business: 7 Principles for business offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. Spotlight on Principle 5: Why inclusive sourcing is a key element of sustainable business and how to expand business relationships with women-owned enterprises. The session will also feature innovative tools and resources for learning and action, as well as facilitate "meet-ups" to encourage networking and collaboration to advance business action.

Speakers: Ms. Meg Jones, Gender in Trade Programme Development Advisor, International Trade Centre; Ms. Naila Chowdhury, Chairman & CEO, TeleConsult Group