The Right Honourable Penny Mordaunt, MP for Portsmouth North, visited Circular Computing’s offices last Friday afternoon to celebrate the company’s successful application to join the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). The UNGC is an initiative for businesses around the world that are committed to the UN’s sustainable development goals and general principles across environment, labour, human rights and corruption.
During a tour of the premises the former Defence Secretary said “It’s wonderful to have a world-leading organisation in this constituency, and in the modern world where sustainability is so important this is a perfect example of how it can form the basis of a successful business. Circular Computing and businesses like it are vital for the economy, not just in this area but for the country as a whole when it comes to international trading. It’s a fantastic story, a local company growing to the point where it can have a truly global impact. An example of the great British entrepreneurial spirit in action.”
As part of the visit, Ms Mordaunt presented a commitment certificate outlining Circular Computing’s ongoing mission to lead global conversation and action in sustainability.
Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and
Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.