CorpWatch kritisert den Global Compact

01. Januar 2001

Die amerikanische Organisation Corporate Watch kritisiert in seinem Report Greenwash + 10. The UN’s Global Compact, Corporate Accoutanbility and the Johannesburg Earth Summit den Global Compact scharf: "The Global Compact represents a smuggling of a business agenda into the United Nations."

Für den angeblichen Missbrauch der Vereinten Nationen (vor allem des blauen Logos) durch Unternehmen wurde der Begriff bluewash geprägt. Laut New York Times kann man darunter folgendes verstehen: "Allowing some of the largest and richest corporations to wrap themselves in the United Nations blue flag without requiring them to do anything new." In der "Executive Summary" des Reports heisst es: "The Johannesburg meeting takes place as the UN is increasing its commitment to corporate partnerships, a situation that threatens the success of the Summit. The highest profile partnership is the Global Compact. This asks business to adhere to nine principles derived from key UN agreements and is becoming a general framework for UN cooperation with the private sector. The motivation of the Secretary-General is to bring corporate behavior in line with universal values. However, business influence over its design has riddled the Global Compact with weaknesses and contradictions. In the first 18 months of the Global Compact, we have seen a growing but secret membership, heavy influence by the International Chamber of Commerce, and a failure to publish even a single case study of sustainable practices. The Global Compact logo has been used without attribution by DaimlerChrysler, even as Global Compact officials insist that use of the general UN logo is strictly controlled. The Global Compact represents a smuggling of a business agenda into the United Nations. It should not be considered a contribution to or framework for the Johannesburg Summit."