An event exploring corporate influence across the United Nations System, and identifying ways in which civil society and all actors can resist corporate influence with a view to build a more accountable and equitable system that operates in the interests of people and planet, rather than profit.
Available in French and Spanish
Corporate influence across the UN system manifests in many ways and these methods/means are increasing. From the introduction of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) to newer language regarding “multistakeholderism” and “networked multilateralism”, corporations are being offered varying levels of status and access to many policymaking spaces. At the same time, pushes to democratize these spaces and to be inclusive of all partners appear to be leaving behind civil society, specifically the most marginalized civil society organizations including feminist and grassroots women-led organizations, and movements from the Global South.
At large, this corporatization of the UN legitimizes the importance of the business and corporate sector in international decision-making, bringing business closer to the values of the UN. Some specific cases include the UN’s MOU with the World Economic Forum (WEF) from the S-G’s office, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and its observer status in the General Assembly and the Global Compact and its “10 Principles” for corporate sustainability.
This joint event, held in the margins of the 76th Session of the UNGA and the SDG Moment will explore this “dark side” of multistakeholderism at the United Nations and in other intergovernmental fora, and identify ways in which civil society and all actors can resist corporate influence with a view to build a more accountable and equitable system that operates in the interests of people and planet, rather than profit.