Faced with the acceleration or the return of certain practices that present a danger to the environment, human rights and compliance with workplace standards, United National Secretary General Kofi Annan brought up the idea of a Global Compact in a speech that he gave at the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 31, 1999. Since then, the Global Compact has moved into its operational phase. Rombouts has committed to the Compact, thus defending the idea of a more viable and open world economy.
Kofi Annan raised the idea of the Global Compact on January 31, 1999. The operational phase of the Compact was launched at the United Nations headquarters in New York on July 26, 2000.
The principles of the Global Compact in relation to human rights, to working standards and to the environment are the subject of a universal consensus, and they are inspired by the following documents:
- The declaration by the World Labour Organization relative to fundamental labour rights and principles.
- The Rio Declaration on the environment and development.
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