The United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to voluntarily align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of UN goals and issues. Launched in 2000, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world, with over 12,000 signatories based in 145 countries.
FFunction was brought onboard to design the Global Corporate Sustainability Report 2013, which reveals that businesses around the world are beginning to take sustainability more seriously. A look at the actions taken in the nearly 8,000 companies involved in the Global Compact tells a promising story.
The backbone of this report were survey results, which we visualized in a series of pie charts, diagrams, area charts, horizontal bar charts and scatter plots to illustrate key points from the copy. It allows readers to quickly identify progress, such as 24% increase in anti-corruption policies or a 16% increase in vocational training and counseling programs. The strength of our design was the grid layout: it allowed readers to examine the graphs and the copy at the same time, enabling greater information absorption and understanding.
The broader trends of a report such as this are much easier to see with the help of data visualization. Among other findings, this Global Compact Corporate Sustainability Report indicates that the longer companies are committed to Global Compact, the more action they take. This snowball effect bodes well for the future of sustainability, human rights, and anti-corruption worldwide.