Georg Kell, Arabesque Partners, board vice-chairman

Financial Times

At our meeting in New York, Georg Kell hands me two new business cards. One is for the United Nations Global Compact, which Mr Kell founded in 2000 to promote corporate labour and human rights standards. Having just stepped down as executive director, he is now its senior policy adviser. The other announces that he is board vice-chairman at Arabesque Partners, a sustainability-focused investment firm. This card is made of decidedly thicker paper.

COP21 and Investors: What will Paris deliver?

Investment & Pensions Europe

One month away from the Paris climate change talks, Jonathan Williams asks how likely are investors to be faced with a repeat of the failed summit in Copenhagen. Will failure to reach a global agreement still stifle the growth of the low-carbon economy?

A changing of the guard at the UN Global Compact

Devex Impact

Georg Kell was there at the start — he crafted the speech that planted the seed, took that idea and an initial $20,000 and led the development of what is today’s United Nations Global Compact. When he stepped down at the end of August, he left a labor of love and a 15-year legacy to new leader Lise Kingo.

UN Global Compact Letter to Pope Francis Opens Dialogue on Business as a Force for Good

3BL Media

The United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability network, said that the recent papal encyclical on environmental principles “should inspire the private sector to do more to protect the environment and address climate change,” in an open letter delivered Friday to the representative of His Holiness Pope Francis in New York. 

Companies 'long way to go' to be socially responsible: U.N. Global Compact chief


Progress in making companies more environmentally and socially responsible has been slow and too many still focus on short-term financial gain rather than their long-term impact on people and nature, the head of the U.N. Global Compact said on Thursday.

Tackle constraints in your supply chain or pay the price, UN tells companies

Supply Management

Georg Kell, executive director of the UN Global Compact, said the public and private realms were blurring and so companies had to take responsibility for factors, such as air quality and water scarcity, once considered “externalities”.

5 Things Sustainable Companies Do: The Power of Principles

3BL Media

According to the UN Global Compact's Guide to Corporate Sustainabiliy, to be sustainable, companies must do five things, which starts with a company’s value system and a principled approach to doing business. This means operating in ways that, at a minimum, meet fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

New Sustainability Research by MIT Sloan Management Review, The Boston Consulting Group, and the UN Global Compact Sees Collaboration and Board Engagement as Critical to Sustainability Success

Yahoo! Finance

The practice of corporate sustainability ismoving beyond ad hoc, opportunistic efforts to embrace a more holistic,strategic approach that pursues transformational goals, frequently throughpartnerships that engage multiple entities, including competitors,suppliers, governments, and NGOs. So says a new global study by MIT Sloan ManagementReview (MIT SMR), The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and the UN GlobalCompact.