Kathmandu—A total of 37 representatives of the employers’ and workers’ organizations NGOs and the media have stressed the need to implement the UN Global Compact Principles to promote responsible business. This, at a minimum, would mean meeting fundamental responsibilities in the areas of business and human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

The view was expressed during a three-day training organized in Ilam and Kathmandu by ILO Nepal’s Advocacy for Rights and Good Corporate Governance under the Danish Government funded UNNATI Programme.

The participants said the newly acquired knowledge on UN Global Compact Principles has encouraged them to think of innovate ways to promote responsible business practices, including efficient implementation of labour rights and good corporate governance.

“The training has infused us with practical ideas how we can put into practice this UN Global Compact initiative,” said Homnath Gaire, Director of the Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI).

Dhan Bahadur BK of All Nepal Trade Union Federation (ANTUF) noted that the training was a good learning opportunity to comprehend the global initiative towards promoting responsible business practices.

National Programme Coordinator of ILO/UNNATI, Nabin Kumar Karna said the training has helped build the capacity of Advocacy Challenge Fund grantees to encourage them uphold the Global Compact Principles at their workplaces.

The ILO implemented Advocacy for Rights and Good Corporate Governance is a component of larger UNNATI-Inlcusive Growth Programme in Nepal, implemented in Dhankuta, Tehrathum, Sankhuwasabha, Bhojpur, Ilam, Panchthar an Taplejung districts. The focus is on four value chains: orthodox tea, ginger, dairy and cardamom.

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Participants of the UN Global Compact training in Ilam.

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Group work allows participants to reflect their learning into action.

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Participants note that implementation of UN Global Compact Principles gives a facelift to businesses.

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Training as a way to enhance the capacity of ILO constituents to promote responsible business practices.

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Participants take turn to share their learning with fellow value chain actors in Ilam district.