By Natalie Bentley, MinterEllison Ambassador
When I received the email confirming the Adara Group had been accepted as a participant of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) I was thrilled that Adara would be joining a vanguard of companies committed to building sustainable markets and societies.
I have spent the last year at Adara as the MinterEllison legal secondee working across the international development and business parts of the Group. The UNGC participation was a key goal for me at Adara, it reiterated that Adara is a leader among purpose-driven companies that leverage the power of business to make a real difference to our world.
The UNGC is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative made up of a voluntary network of companies and other stakeholders. UNGC participants actively create a culture of integrity and responsible operations across their organisations in alignment with universal sustainability principles, called the Ten Principles. These principles focus on human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. Members also promote sustainable development and good corporate citizenship through their networks and partnerships.
The Ten Principles and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals align closely with Adara’s mission to bridge the world of business and the world of people in extreme poverty, and to support vulnerable communities with health, education and other essential services. This statement puts people and the planet at its centre and is reverberated throughout every part of the Adara Group.
All participants of the Adara family, whether they work in Kiwoko Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, bring education to children in the remote Nepali district of Humla, or work on corporate transactions in deal rooms, are driven by Adara’s mission and values. Compassion, respect, integrity, transparency and a sense of a higher purpose is at the heart of everything Adara does. Through this principles-based approach to business and international development, the Adara Group embodies corporate sustainability.
UNGC participation will provide Adara with opportunities to share, learn and increase collaboration with other organisations committed to using business as a force for good. By joining this compact, Adara stands with more than 9,800 organisations from 161 countries, including leading companies and non-profits.
I will never forget my time at the Adara Group. It has been a great privilege to work with Australian business leaders committed to doing their part for people living in extreme poverty and to use my skills to contribute directly to Adara’s international development work. Leading Adara’s participation in UNGC is a project I will always be proud of.
Thank you to MinterEllison for giving me this opportunity.