UTS joins UN Global Compact
UTS has signed on to the UN Global Compact – the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.
The University of Technology Sydney has signed on to the UN Global Compact – the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, with a mission to support action on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and promote responsible business practice.
UTS Business School and the Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion hosted a forum this week to celebrate the partnership and explore opportunities for engagement and collaboration with members of the Global Compact Network Australia.
UTS Adjunct Professor David Cooke, Chair of Global Compact Network Australia, said the global community needed to take bold action to support universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
“The UN Global Compact provides both a practical framework for action to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and a platform for demonstrating corporate commitment and leadership,” Dr Cooke said.
“It takes courage to take a stand against inequities in society, and I feel immensely proud that both the University of Technology Sydney and Global Compact Network Australia have a long history of doing that. Now that we've come together, there is no stopping us,” he said.
The UN Global Compact provides both a practical framework for action to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and a platform for demonstrating corporate commitment and leadership.
UTS Adjunct Professor and GCNA Chair Dr David Cooke
Verity Firth, Executive Director of the Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion, said the UTS Social Impact Framework shares with the UN Global Compact a commitment to leverage organisational strength to maximise public benefit and achieve greater social impact.
“As a public purpose institution, UTS is committed to driving social change and transforming communities through research, education and practice. In defining our external outcomes, it has been very useful to link these to the UN Sustainable Development Goals,” she said.
“With our social impact framework indicators we can track where we are, and where the gaps are, to better achieve our goals, whether around sustainability, education or other measures to achieve public good.”
UTS Business School Deputy Dean Professor Carl Rhodes said sustainability and social impact should not be viewed as “window dressing” but rather central to the mission of the business school and embedded as part of its core activities.
“Business schools have a responsibility, not only in terms of our operations, but also our core activities – how we educate the business leaders of tomorrow, how we research business, the economy and society, and how we engage with business and community,” he said.
UTS Business School lecturer Dr Rosemary Sainty established the Australian arm of the Global Compact Network and has led the UTS partnership, which she hopes will “tap into the collaborative and innovative strengths of UTS”.
“UTS is the first Sydney-based university to become a member of Global Compact Network Australia. This partnership will provide the opportunity for a cross-pollination of ideas between the business membership base of Global Compact Network Australia and academia,” Dr Sainty said.
“The forum is timely, with the recent signing of the Climate Emergency Declaration by the Vice Chancellor and the UTS commitment to sustainability and social impact through its 2027 Strategy, Social Impact Framework and membership of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.”
“UTS Business School is also a signatory to the Principles of Responsible Management Education, which derive from and support the UN Global Compact and the sustainable development goals,” she said.
If you would like to be on the Global Compact Network Australia contact list, email Dr Rosemary Sainty: firstname.lastname@example.org