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Recognizing the need for new collaborative forms of governance, the Earth Charter states:
“A partnership of government, civil society, and business is essential for effective governance”
(The Way Forward).

ECI has adopted a strategy for engaging businesses, which entails partnering with business leaders and building alliances with business related initiatives, such as the UN Global Compact and  the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

During the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, ECI and GRI signed a voluntary commitment under the conference framework to create a joint training program on sustainability reporting, deepening the participants' understanding on ethical principles for sustainability.

Business leaders should use the Earth Charter in their dialogues with civil society actors and other stakeholders.  Businesses that support the Earth Charter, but do not yet participate in GRI are encouraged to do so. The following document The Earth Charter, GRI and Global Compact was developed to help guide business groups.

Read the Guidance Paper to find out how the Earth Charter relates to other leading global initiatives such as the UN Global Compact and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). This paper is designed to help Earth Charter users and those using the GRI and Global Compact to understand the synergies and complementary strengths of these three initiatives. It explains how businesses can integrate the Earth Charter into the reporting processes organized by GRI and other similar efforts.  .

The Ethos Institute, a leading organization in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility in Latin America, decided to use the principles of the Earth Charter in their programs and tools.  Their materials are widely used and the Ethos Institute is recognized as an important hub for knowledge exchange and development of partnerships.  

Earth Charter International encourages all businesses to use the Earth Charter in one or more of the following ways:

  • Engage employees with the Earth Charter for the purpose of learning, training, and inspiration.
  • Assess the activities of the business in the light of Earth Charter values and principles, using the Global Reporting Initiative's Guidelines.
  • Incorporate Earth Charter values and principles in the business mission statement and its core operations with the goal of developing a more socially and ecologically responsible business.
ECI is developing resources for the Web site and encourages businesses to endorse the Earth Charter, make use of the resources, and take actions like these three above. 


See the following resource materials also available in the EC Virtual Library


Sample cases of businesses using the Earth Charter


Interview with Peter Head,
Consultant and Former Chairman of Global Planning, ARUP,
on Earth Charter and sustainability


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