At the end of 2015, VIU entered the UNGC - United Nations Global Compact, a voluntary United Nations initiative that aims to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies.
On the next year, 2016, VIU joined the GCNI - Global Compact Network Italy Foundation, the Italian branch of the UNGC.
Launched in 1999, the Global Compact initiative counts today 13000 corporate and other stakeholders participants, in 161 countries worldwide.Companies and institutions joining the Global Compact initiative publicly commit to align their corporate strategies and operations with the 10 Global Compact Principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption, and to take steps to support UN goals, in order to create a sustainable and inclusive global economy that delivers lasting benefits to people, communities and markets.
Local networks, as the Global Compact Network Italia Foundation (GCNI), work to advance the initiative and its 10 Principles at country level. They help companies understand what responsible business means within different national, cultural and language contexts and facilitate outreach, learning, policy dialogue, collective action and partnerships.
VIU's Dean prof. Carlo Giupponi is an elected Member of the Board of the Global Compact Network Italia Foundation.
VIU was technical partner in organizing and hosting the 1st edition of the Italian Business & SDGs Annual Forum, held at VIU premises on the island of San Servolo on Sept. 26, 2016.