How to Prepare a COP
1. Know your deadline
Your company has your own unique deadline based on the date you joined the UN Global Compact or your previous COP submission. It is displayed on your company’s public profile. Search for your profile.
New participants must submit their first COP one year after joining the initiative. Existing participants are required to submit their COPs one year after the last submission. For example, if the last submission took place on 1 April 2017, the next COP will be due on 1 April 2018. Please note that all COPs are due at 23:00 UTC on the designated date.
2. Understand the COP minimum requirements and the COP Policy
3. Define what type of report you will create and the reporting period
The following formats are accepted:
- A stand alone document
- Part of a sustainability or corporate social responsibility report
- Part of an annual financial report
- A Basic COP Template which is available for those new to reporting that may not already publish formal report.
- An express COP is available for small and medium-sized enterprises, click here for more information.
Define the period covered by the report (starting and ending dates).
4. Define your COP differentiation level
5. Prepare your report
- How much time do you need to report?
- What indicators do you need to measure and/or collect on a regular basis during the year to report outcomes?
- Do not wait until the last minute. This requires time and preparation
- Do you need ideas? Use the UN Global Compact Management Model and the Global Compact Self-Assessment Tool
- You can also use the COP Basic Template to prepare your report
- Review your report using our checklist