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  Message from UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon to 2012 GC Network China Annual Conference  
   
    12-12-12    
             
 
THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
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MESSAGE TO INAUGURAL ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF
GLOBAL COMPACT CHINA NETWORK
Beijing, 28 November 2012
 
I am pleased to greet the inaugural assembly of the United Nations Global Compact China Network. I am encouraged to see ever more Chinese companies embracing the Global Compact principles.
 
By joining this Local Network, you are helping to promote openness, foster collaboration and embed universal values into corporate strategies and operations. This can make your businesses grow stronger and more competitive and, at the same time, help to build a more equitable and sustainable world.
 
I am pleased that you have chosen to focus this first meeting on corporate sustainability leadership. Sustainability is a global imperative. It is my personal top priority, and you are essential partners. By highlighting this topic, you are signaling the importance of sustainability for Chinese business and for the world.
 
Business can spur a revolution in sustainability, and the United Nations will continue to turn to you as partners. Earlier this year, in preparation for the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, we organized a Corporate Sustainability Forum. More than 1,000 corporate leaders from all regions delivered a common message: business as usual no longer works. We need you to amplify this message throughout China and beyond. You have the power to create and propagate the ideas and innovations that will drive the changes our world needs.
 
I thank all those here today for your leadership and ask for your continued commitment.  We need more companies to join our common cause.  We count on you to show China and the world the benefits of sustainable and ethical corporate behaviour. Together we can build the future we want.
 
 
       
       
     
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