The UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.
The company’s core values of Safety and Health, Environmental Stewardship, Highest Ethical Behavior, and Respect for People are directly aligned with the values set out in the Global Compact.
In 2012, DuPont was 210 years old, making it one of the oldest industrial companies anyplace in the world. Over its 200-year history, DuPont products have changed significantly, however, the commitment to core values has been unwavering.
On April 30, 2001, in a letter to Kofi Annan, DuPont endorsed the Global Compact. In his letter, Chad Holliday stated: "As with other commitments at the principle level, we will develop implementation actions that are consistent with DuPont policies and practices. However, we also expect that our association with the UN and other Global Compact companies will provide the opportunity to learn and leverage the best practices of others."
The DuPont mission is "sustainable growth" – creating shareholder and societal value while reducing our footprint throughout the value chain. This encompasses our belief that economic growth, enhancing societal value and reducing environmental impacts are all necessary for a successful company in the 21st Century.
Examples of our efforts to implement sustainable growth and the Principles of the UN Global Compact can be found on our website:
DuPont believes that creating a sustainable world cannot be accomplished by any one sector of society. We continue to seek alliances and partnerships, particularly with organizations that recognize the constellation of values important to sustainable growth. We look forward to this expanded opportunity to establish alliances and partnerships toward a more sustainable world.