United Nations Global Compact
The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability programme and a global call to organisations and businesses to align strategies and operations with the Ten Principles on human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.
Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press were both signatories to the Compact and Cambridge Assessment submitted its first report on progress in June 2021. The report is based on analysis of ways in which we have increased our alignment with the Ten Principles throughout our global activities, enhanced positive impacts and reduced areas of negative impact – for example, how we have cut our environmental footprint from plastic waste.
From now on, we will be reporting as a single organisation.
We take our commitment to people and planet seriously and by reporting in this way, we want to make our journey towards becoming a more sustainable organisation transparent for our people, learners and communities. Being a signatory to the UNGC will help to guide us in continually reducing our environmental impact and improving diversity, inclusion and equality in our organisations, in our supply chains and in education and research around the world.
Ultimately, we believe that education is the most powerful long-term solution to poverty, conflict and many of the issues facing the world today. By aligning our work to increase knowledge and understanding of sustainability issues and developing curriculums, publishing research, educational materials and programmes and delivering assessments with the sustainability principles and the UN Sustainable Development Goals in mind, we recognise that we can be an even more effective agent for global change.
Our next report will be submitted in 2022.