(Bali) – At a news conference held in Bali during the annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon challenged regional business community leaders to recognize their prominence in the global marketplace and engage in issues beyond their borders. A number of key issues relating to corporate sustainability were addressed, including climate change, sustainable development, access to food, water and energy, human rights and the empowerment of women.
In particular, the Secretary-General encouraged companies to join the UN as key partners in building “the future we want”.
He said, “The United Nations counts on you today during this summit meeting. I invite you to join that future through our UN Global Compact.”
“This UN Global Compact spans many United Nations goals – development, human rights, environmental and climate change, and fighting poverty. I urge you to lend your support where you can, consistent with your company’s core businesses and high corporate standards.”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon further reflected on the growth of the Global Compact using his native South Korea as an example, where participation has increased from 15 companies to more than 200 in the last four years.
“When we are working together in addressing many different challenges, each and every country has different challenges,” he said. “This is the time when business leaders, government leaders and youth – they should see beyond their national borders.”
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