The Communication on Engagement (COE) is a biennial disclosure which a non-business participant informs stakeholders about its efforts in implementing the UN Global Compact Ten Principles. Introduced in October 2013, as the most important element of UN Global Compact’s integrated policy, COE’s main objective is to communicate publicly on continuous performance improvement. COE is an effective tool for communication with stakeholders and sharing best practices.
Communication on Progress (COP) | Communication on Engagement (COE)
1. Statement of Continued Support
The COE must contain a statement by the chief executive or equivalent expressing continued support for the UN Global Compact.
2. Description of Practical Actions
The COE is required to contain a description of the practical actions that the organisation has taken to implement the UNGC principles and to support broader developmental goals
3. Measurement of Outcomes
Each COE should identify targets, define performance indicators and measure outcomes.
1. Submitting the COE
Non-business participants are required to submit the first COE within two years from the date of joining and every two years thereafter
2. Non-communicating Status
Participants that fail to submit the COE within the required deadlines will be marked as “non-communicating”, and if a “non-communicating” participant fails to submit a COE within one year of becoming “non-communicating”, it will be de-listed from the UN Global Compact.
Organisations that have been delisted can reapply to join the initiative. Their new letter of commitment must include a COE.
4. Applying for Grace Period
If a delay in submitting a COE is foreseen, the participants may be granted a grace period of 90 days by submitting a Grace Period Letter.