Fortinet, a leading global cybersecurity company, has recently joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) initiative, which serves as a voluntary platform for businesses to develop, implement, and disclose responsible practices.
In addressing pressing societal challenges such as climate change, cybercrime, and the long-term effects of the pandemic, it is crucial that the private sector, NGOs, and governments collaborate. Fortinet is dedicated to playing its part in creating fair, secure, and sustainable societies.
Fortinet’s senior vice president and global head of sustainability, Barbara Maigret, explained that by becoming a member of the UNGC, Fortinet has demonstrated its commitment to adhering to the UNGC’s Ten Principles and supporting the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.
The UN Global Compact has also urged companies to align their operations and strategies with the Ten Principles, which encompass human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption. Additionally, companies are encouraged to take action in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represented by the UN.
Launched in 2000, the UN Global Compact is the largest corporate sustainability initiative worldwide, boasting over 15,000 organizations and 3,000 non-business signatories from more than 160 countries.
By joining the UN Global Compact, Fortinet not only commits to sustainable practices but also strives to enhance transparency. Participation in the initiative necessitates annual reporting on a company’s adherence to the universal sustainability principles and development goals.
Through its sustainability materiality assessment, Fortinet has identified six UN development goals where it can make a significant impact. These goals comprise gender equality, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, reduced inequalities, climate action, and quality education.