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Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of Global Compact Nepal (GCN), the local network of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), a voluntary non-binding United Nations pact to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, and to report on their implementation.

Our current members:

The United Nations Global Compact was launched by late Secretary-General Kofi Annan on July 26, 2000, and is now about 20 years old. Although the first organization to join the United Nations Global Compact from Nepal was Lotus Holdings in 2002, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) endeavours in Nepal had already started in 1997 via the Lotus Holdings network. That same network has now grown into the Global Compact Nepal network, having taken various shapes and forms over the years, most notably the CSR Committee formed at the FNCCI (Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry) in 2003 in collaboration with United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as well as the International Labor Organization (ILO), which ended up being the official Local Network launch.

Simply put, the UNGC is nothing more than a global compact of shared values and principles, which will give a human face to the global market. To learn more, please visit:

Why Join?

Responsible business practices, combined with collaboration and innovation, can bring about powerful change in markets and societies -- proving that principles and profits go hand in hand. The UN Global Compact provides a universal language for corporate responsibility and provides a framework to guide all businesses regardless of size, complexity or location. When you join the UN Global Compact, you're taking an important, public step to transform our world through principled business. Participation makes a statement about your values, and it benefits both society and your company's long-term success. To learn more about explicit benefits, please visit the "Why Join?" section of our WebSite:

17 SDG's

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) are a collection of 17 global goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all." The SDG's, set in September 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly (193 Member States of the United Nations) and intended to be achieved by the year 2030, are part of UN Resolution 70/1, the 2030 Agenda. They replaced the Millenium Development Goals (MDG's) set at the turn of the millenium for implementation by 2015. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals clearly define the world we want -- applying to all nations and leaving no one behind.

the global goals for sustainable development

17 Goals to Transform Our World:

10 Principles

Corporate sustainability starts with a company's value system and a principles-based 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. The UNGC operates on the following 10 principles:

10 principles and 17 sdgs linkages

Becoming a Member

Becoming a member is a two-step process:

1.) Apply to the UNGC online. Once your application is approved by UNGC Headquarters in New York, you will automatically be enrolled into the local network, Global Compact Nepal.

Apply online here if you are a Business:

The following are examples of businesses:

  • Company: any legal entity engaging in business, such as a corporation or partnership, with at least 250 full-time direct employees and/or any state-owned companies.
  • SME (Small and Medium Enterprise): same as a Company but with less than 250 and more than 10 full-time employees.

Apply online here if you are not a Business:

The following are examples of non-businesses:

  • Academic Institutions
  • Business Associations
  • Cities and Municipalities
  • Civil Society Organizations
  • Foundations
  • Labour Organizations
  • Public Sector Organizations
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Organizations

The application must be accompanied by a digital copy of a "Letter of Commitment." A sample letter of commitment can be viewed here:

Once you apply, please email the Global Compact Nepal Secretariat at to let us know.

2.) Once your application is approved by UNGC Headquarters in New York, membership fees are due in Nepal. If your annual revenue is less than USD 50 million, then the minimum annual membership fee of NPR 10,000 applies to become a Signatory Member. You can also choose to become a Participant Member which will give you access to more United Nations Global Compact benefits than a Signatory Member. To learn more about UNGC engagement tiers, please visit:

Additionally, please view the following PDF for more information on Engagement Levels, i.e., Signatory vs. Participant:


Becoming a Participant as opposed to a Signatory will give you the following benefits:

  • More visibility and recognition at UNGC.
  • Enhanced company profile on UNGC WebSite.
  • Media Toolkit to advertise your engagement with UNGC.
  • Dedicated Engagement Manager at UNGC New York.
  • Access to join UNGC action platforms.
  • Access to UNGC lead recognition.
  • Access to join Expert/CFO network.
  • Exclusive invitations to high-level UN events: CEO roundtables, policy dialogues, etc.
  • Access to the UNGC academy.

If you have not visited our "Why Join?" page, kindly do so here:

GCN is ready to help you with your application. If you have any questions, please email the Global Compact Nepal Secretariat at or call us at +977-1-5550700.


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