The International Center for Environmental Education and Community Development, ICENECDEV and Makonjo Media have championed the UN’s course to bring in more businesses into the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) network. This was the focal point of a one-day joint multi-stakeholder sensitization meeting on the UNGC for SMEs that took place on March 9, 2018.
This gathering brought together stakeholders within the Fako Division of the Southwest Region. It aimed to persuade business leaders to join and actively participate in the United Nations Global Compact program.
With over 25 local business leaders and stakeholders in attendance, this meeting promises to change the business space in Cameroon.
The UNGC is the world’s largest charitable initiative that seeks to advance the 10 universal principles on human rights, labor standards, environment, and anti-corruption. However, the United Nations intends to achieve this goal through the active engagement of corporate communities.
Bringing the UNGC to Cameroon
ICENECDEV is a resource-based NGO that aims to address key environmental issues that affect communities in Cameroon and Africa. To achieve this goal, therefore, the environmental organization has over the years, partnered with international organizations that are passionate about conserving the environment.
On March 9, 2018, the NGO partnered with Makonjo Media, a marketing and growth technology startup in the Silicon Mountain to push through its latest initiative – absorbing more SMEs into the UN’s global compact network.
Through its 10 principles, the UN hopes to provide a platform where businesses can maintain brand integrity through transparency and sustainable sourcing.
As such, it is not surprising that one of the many benefits of joining this 8,000-base network is the opportunity for businesses to have an unlimited access to resources, as well as have a reliable source of funding.
The perfect opportunity for Cameroon’s SMEs
The growing number of startups and other SMEs in Cameroon is not commensurate with the amount of funding that comes in. It is, therefore, an opportunity for these ever-weeping entrepreneurs to secure a funding source for their different ventures.
According to ICENECDEV’s Coordinator Fongoh Eric, “this gathering will help business leaders to be able to network among themselves in order to scale up their actions, as well as, get an opening to more investors to expand their businesses.”
Meanwhile, Otto Akama, Managing Director of Makonjo Media noted that “thanks to this sensitizing meeting, entrepreneurs can now be sure of accessing a vast array of resources they can use to strengthen the reach of their businesses and institutions.”
Both organizations believe that this will go a long way to reinforce issues of protection of human rights, fight against bribery and corruption, labor and environmental protection that have long been global concerns among international watchdogs like the United Nations.