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News - 11 November 2008

Volunteer opportunity UN Global Compact Office

The UN Global Compact has a volunteer opportunity for an excellent writer and good communicator. It entails conducting interviews with business and civil society actors on the topic of how stakeholder panels can be helpful in building better relations with local communities, and writing up the results as a good practice note of 2-4 pages in length in succinct and business friendly language for a business audience. The good practice note should take account of lessons learned, what has worked and what has not worked as well. Relevant background documents include the meeting report of the Global Compact Human Rights Working Group, which took place in Boston on April 29, 2008 and the good practice forum proposal that was an input to that meeting. These documents can be downloaded at: http://www.unglobalcompact.org/docs/ issues_doc/human_rights/Human_Rights_Working_Group/ 29Apr08_3_Revised_Clearing_House_for_Good_Practice_proposal_final.pdf http://www.unglobalcompact.org/docs/ issues_doc/human_rights/Human_Rights_Working_Group/ 29Apr08_HRWG_Summary_Report_draft_9_May.doc The work is to be carried out under the supervision of the Global Compact Office, which will help in identifying people to interview and what questions to ask, as well as provide guidance on what the note should look like. Due to space constraints in the UN Global Compact Office, the work should mostly be conducted outside the office. However, the telephone interviews could be conducted from the Global Compact Office. The project could be called an externship if that would be of interest to the student. To express your interest in this opportunity, please contact lee21@un.org by 15 November 2008.

11 Nov 2008

Junior Achievement and Deloitte Open Fifth Annual College Scholarship Contest

Junior Achievement and Deloitte today announced the launch of their fifth annual "Excellence through Ethics" essay contest, in which U.S. high school seniors are asked to apply their knowledge of ethical decision-making and share their views on the importance of ethics in business. To enter, high school seniors must compose an original essay of 500 words or less in response to an ethical dilemma posted on Junior Achievement's Web site, located at www.ja.org. Entries must be submitted online and will be accepted starting now, until January 2, 2009. The winning essay will be selected by members of the Junior Achievement Blue Ribbon Panel on Ethics, comprised of corporate ethics officers and noted academicians. The essays will be judged on criteria that include how well the student analyzes the situation, their presentation of a well-supported argument in response to the dilemma and how thoughtfully they articulate the importance of ethics in business.

11 Nov 2008

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