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“Diversity in the context of human rights is part of our core business.

Our agreement with GDCF is an important step for us to engage companies in innovative ways.”

Bonian Golmohammadi, Secretary-General of WFUNA

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About WFUNA

The World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) is a global nonprofit organization representing and coordinating a membership of over 100 national United Nations Associations (UNAs) and their thousands of constituents.

Guided by our vision of a United Nations that is a powerful force in meeting common global challenges and opportunities, WFUNA works to strengthen and improve the United Nations. 

We achieve this through the engagement of people who share a global mindset and support international cooperation – global citizens.

the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) and the Global Diversity Certification Foundation (GDCF)

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WFUNA is an independent, non-governmental organization with Category One Consultative Status at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Associate Status with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) and consultative or liaison links with many other UN organizations and agencies. 

WFUNA is a nonprofit organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the United States Internal Revenue Service Code.

WFUNA is set up under Article 60 of the Swiss Civil Code.

WFUNA was founded on the premise that all people are interconnected through the UN’s core values. It was essentially a 21st-century organization formed in the post-war era of sovereign nation states.

WFUNA advocates the principle that global peace, justice and prosperity depend on multilateral cooperation, for which the UN is the key facilitating organization, and fully support the initiative of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for such multilateralism to underpin international cooperation.

Today’s complex problems require solutions that reflect partnerships among all sectors – specifically civil society.

Civil society provides a connection between the grassroots, a dynamism inspired by a people-focused orientation, and expert knowledge on relevant issues.

It has the ability to influence government decisions through advocacy activities, and the power to achieve change through collective action. WFUNA believes that the involvement of civil society is essential to the solution of global challenges and will work to increase its role and presence in the United Nations system.

WFUNA have a permanent seat on the board of GDCF

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Bonian Golmohammadi the Secretary-General of WFUNA joins Global Diversity Certification Foundation  as a Boardmember.

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Brussels, 15 April 2014 European Commission

8th June 20158th June 2015
eu-9761Statement Improving corporate governance: Europes largest companies will have to be more transparent about how they operate The European Commission welcomes today's adoption by the European Parliament of the Directive on disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by large companies and groups. Companies concerned will need to disclose information on policies, risks and results as regards environmental matters, social and employee-related aspects, respect for human rights, anti-corruption and bribery issues, and diversity on boards of directors.   Internal Market and Services Commissioner Michel Barnier said: "I am pleased that the European Parliament has adopted this Directive modernising the disclosure of relevant and useful non-financial information by large companies and groups. Companies, investors and society at large will benefit from this increased transparency. Companies that already publish information on their financial and non-financial performances take a longer term perspective in their decision-making. They often have lower financing costs, attract and retain talented employees, and ultimately are more successful. This is important for Europes competitiveness and the creation of more jobs. Best practices should become the norm. I want to thank the European Parliament, particularly the rapporteur, Raffaele Baldassarre, and the shadow-rapporteurs, for their work on this file." The new rules will only apply to large companies with more than 500 employees, as the costs for requiring small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to apply them could outweigh the benefits. In particular, large public-interest entities with more than 500 employees will be required to disclose certain non-financial information in their management reports. The scope includes approx. 6 000 large companies and groups across the EU. The approach taken ensures that administrative burden is kept to a minimum. Companies will be required to disclose concise, useful information necessary for an understanding of their development, performance, position and impact of their activity, rather than a fully-fledged and detailed report. Furthermore, disclosures may be provided at group level, rather than by each individual affiliate within a group. The Directive gives companies significant flexibility to disclose relevant information in the way that they consider most useful, or in a separate report. Companies may use international, European or national guidelines which they consider appropriate (for instance, the UN Global Compact, ISO 26000, or the German Sustainability Code). The Directive provides for further work by the Commission to develop guidelines in order to facilitate the disclosure of non-financial information by companies, taking into account current best practice, international developments and related EU initiatives. As regards diversity on company boards, large listed companies will be required to provide information on their diversity policy, such as, for instance: age, gender, educational and professional background. Disclosures will set out the objectives of the policy, how it has been implemented, and the results. Companies which do not have a diversity policy will have to explain why not. This approach is in line with the general EU corporate governance framework. This Directive also represents a first step towards the implementation of the European Council conclusions of 22 May 2013 on the need for further transparency on tax matters and for ensuring country-by-country reporting by large companies and groups. The Commission supports this objective and will endeavour to deliver effectively on the review clause included in this legislation. Next steps In order to become law, the Commission's proposal needs to be adopted jointly by the European Parliament and by the EU Member States in the Council (which votes by qualified majority). Following today's adoption by the European Parliament, the Council is expected to formally adopt the proposal in the coming weeks. Background On 16 April 2013, the Commission adopted a proposal to enhance business transparency on social and environmental matters (IP/13/330). The European Parliament and the Council reached agreement on 26 February 2014. This measure is part of the Commissions efforts to improve corporate governance in Europe and was announced by the Commission in the Single Market Act communication in April 2011 (IP/11/469), in the communication "A renewed strategy 2011?2014 for Corporate Social Responsibility" issued in October 2011 (IP/11/1238), and in the Action Plan for Company Law and Corporate Governance, adopted in December 2012 (IP/12/1340). On 6 February 2013, the European Parliament adopted two resolutions (Corporate Social Responsibility: accountable, transparent and responsible business behaviour and sustainable growth and Corporate Social Responsibility: promoting societys interests and a route to sustainable and inclusive recovery), acknowledging the importance of company transparency on environmental and social matters. See also MEMO/14/301. More information: http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/accounting/non-financial_reporting/index_en.htm

Global Diversity Certification Foundation signs a cooperation agreement with RSM Hasner Kjelstrup & Wiggen Norway.

7th June 20157th June 2015
rsm3-10383 RSM Hasner Kjelstrup & Wiggen will be one of GDCF accredited auditors for the certification process in Norway. Global Diversity Certification Foundation signs a cooperation agreement with RSM Hasner Kjelstrup & Wiggen Norway. RSM Hasner Kjelstrup & Wiggen will be one of GDCF accredited auditors for the certification process in Norway RSM Hasner Kjelstrup & Wiggen is a provider of auditing, financial and tax consultancy services in Norway. With 90 employees, RSM Hasner Kjelstrup & Wiggen are now the 7. largest audit firm in Norway, and the 6. largest in the Oslo area. RSM Hasner Kjelstrup & Wiggen has more than 60 years of experience in the Norwegian market. RSM Hasner Kjelstrup & Wiggen have strong international links through RSM International, a worldwide network of independent auditing and consultancy firms. RSM Hasner Kjelstrup & Wiggen place an emphasis on efficient and personal service combined with high levels of expertise. For more information please contact us: info@gdcfoundation.org

On the course of expansion in Europe, Global Diversity Certification Foundation signed a cooperation agreement with Human Effect AS in Norway.

7th June 2015
human-eff-10658On the course of expansion in Europe, Global Diversity Certification Foundation signed a cooperation agreement with Human Effect AS in Norway. Human EFF The Diversity experts of Human Effect AS will perform Global Diversity Certification Foundation´s Diversity Consultings process. On the course of expansion in Europe, Global Diversity Certification Foundation signed a cooperation agreement with Human Effect AS in Norway. The Diversity experts of Human Effect AS will perform Global Diversity Certification Foundation´s Diversity Consulting process in Norway. For more information please contact us: info@gdcfoundation.org

On the course of expansion in Europe, Global Diversity Certification Foundation signed a cooperation agreement with Factor-D Diversity Consulting GmbH.

7th June 2015
man-11118The Diversity experts of Factor-D Diversity Consulting GmbH will perform Global Diversity Certification Foundation´s Diversity Consulting?s process. Factor-D Diversity Consulting GmbH is the leading business consultancy focusing on Diversity Management in Austria and a Pioneer in the fields of Diversity & Inclusion in Austria. Factor-D is initiators of the Charter of Diversity and its representative in the EU-level exchange platform. For more information please contact us: info@gdcfoundation.org