How to answer the questions


 How do I answer the questions?

Click on “Answer this question” and you will see a list of indicators.


  • Step 1: answer each of the indicators
  • Step 2: based on your answers to the indicators, decide on your answer to the main question. 


Where can I find out more about the questions?

Click on “About this question” for more information about the question. Some questions are primarily relevant for certain types of companies. “About this question” will help you to find out if it’s relevant for your business.


What do the answer categories mean?

For each question and indicator you are presented with the following answer options: 


  • Yes/No: to be used when you agree or disagree. 
  • F/A (Further attention required): you can use this option when you’re uncertain about what the correct answer is, or because the company is in the process of or planning to address the issue.
  • N/A (Not applicable): use this option if a particular question or indicator isn't relevant for your business.  

Write a comment or follow-up action explaining your choice.


How do the indicators relate to the main question?

The indicators show you which policies, procedures and practices you should ideally have in place in order to answer “yes” to the main question. It’s important that you consider all the indicators before attempting to answer the main question.


Depending on the nature of your business not all indicators are equally important. The more indicators you can answer with a "yes", the more likely it is that you can answer “yes” to the main question. If you answer “no” or "further attention" to one or more indicators, and still answer “yes” to the main question, it is a good idea to write a note explaining why the indicators were not considered significant for your business.


What if we have a red or yellow answer?

When you answer “no” or “further attention” to a given question it means that you have identified a gap in your policies, procedures or practices. Make a note of the indicator(s) that resulted in this gap, and add them to a prioritised list of improvement actions.


If we can answer “yes” to all questions does it mean we comply with the UN Global Compact?

UN Global Compact is not a compliance framework, but a universal set of principles. The Global Compact Self Assessment Tool helps you set your own targets in relation to the UN Global Compact principles.