The Serralves Foundation joined the Global Compact on 12/12/2006, endorsing its ten principles.
The Global Compact is a personal initiative of the former UN Secretary General, Mr. Kofi Annan, who, in the wake of the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 1999, challenged the global business community to support / endorse nine principles in the areas of human rights, labour and environmental practices.
In 2012, with more than 8,700 participating companies and stakeholders in over 140 countries, the UN Global Compact is the largest voluntary corporate responsibility initiative in the world. The Global Compact is thus a basic framework for the development, implementation and dissemination of sustainability policies and practices.

The Global Compact’s ten principles

Human Rights Principles
01 Respect and protect human rights;
02 Prevent human rights abuses.

Employment Law Principles
03 Support the freedom of association;
04 Abolition of forced labour;
05 Abolition of child labour;
06 Eliminate discrimination in the workplace.

Environmental Protection Principles
07 Support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
08 Promote environmental responsibility;
09 Encourage environmentally friendly technologies.

Principle against corruption
10 Fight against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

On March 23, 2013 the Serralves Foundation joined Earth Hour, by turning off its lights for 60 minutes in a stand against climate change, and in order to draw attention to global warming and the need for a more sustainable way of life.

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