Jacobs has become a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), a voluntary initiative based on CEO commitments to implement the UNGC’s Ten Principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. We have committed to making the UNGC and its Ten Principles part of our strategy, culture, and day-to-day operations, and to engaging in collaborative projects to advance the broader development goals of the UN.
“Participation in the UN Global Compact fits perfectly with our values and our global sustainability strategy, PlanBeyondTM,” said Jacobs Chair and CEO Steve Demetriou. “The UN Sustainable Development Goals have always been at the heart of our strategy, and our engagement with the UNGC network will allow us to further advance PlanBeyond and amplify our positive impact worldwide.”
This UNGC engagement coincides with the launch of Jacobs’ new global Human Rights Policy. Guided by international principles including the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights, this Policy details our commitment to respecting the human rights and dignity of individuals within our operations, supply chain, and communities where we do business.
Launched in 2000 by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the UNGC was initiated to bring business and the United Nations together to give a human face to the global market. The UNGC has over 10,000 company signatories in 173 countries. In addition to the initial CEO commitment letter, participating companies must submit an annual statement of support from the CEO and a report detailing actions the company has taken to implement the Ten Principles.