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KIT and the United Nations Global Compact

In January 2021, KIT Royal Tropical Institute joined the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest Corporate Responsibility initiative with more than 13,000 participants in 140 countries. Launched in 2000 by the late UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Global Compact encourages companies to adopt sustainable and socially responsible business practices, and report on their implementation.

Goals of the Global Compact

The goal of the Global Compact is to mobilise a global movement of companies to create a more sustainable and inclusive world. To make this happen, the UN Global Compact supports companies to do business responsibly guided by their Ten Principles and to take strategic action to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The participants of the Global Compact are committed to upholding the Ten Principles of the Global Compact. These principles focus on four themes: improving Human Rights, Labour Rights, the Environment, and Anti-Corruption efforts.

The Ten Principles

Human Rights

1. Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and

2. make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.


3. Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;

4. The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;

5. The effective abolition of child labour; and

6. The elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

Environmental considerations

7. Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;

8. Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and

9. Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.


10. Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

Sustainability at KIT

KIT is proud to join this group of like-minded companies who are adopting sustainable and socially responsible policies, and reporting on their implementation. Our values of being Sustainable, Inclusive and Transparent match with the principles and goals of the Global Compact.

Knowledge Work

Our knowledge work helps governments, NGOs and private corporations around the world to build inclusive and sustainable societies. Our work for is guided by the SDGs, with a focus on health, gender, economic development and intercultural cooperation.

Examples of our work in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility include the completion of an evaluation for the Dutch Government of their Responsible business Conduct agreements or our SDG Services which help organisations start their own journey towards alignment with the SDGs.

Our Campus

Our campus in Amsterdam is the home of the SDG House: a community of sustainability experts and social entrepreneurs with a membership of more than 50 organisations all working on achieving the SDGs. As the first location of its kind in the Netherlands, we have recently led the effort to join multiple communities of sustainable companies together to form the SDG House Network.

Finally, our activities are supported by our hospitality department, consisting of the Amsterdam Tropen Hotel, Café and Restaurant De Tropen and KIT Conferences and Events. Sustainability is a core value in all of these activities, from the choice of bed linen and toilet paper we use to the food and drink suppliers we work with. Read more about how we handle our own sustainability challenges.


One of the responsibilities of joining the Global Compact is to communicate every two years about our engagement in the global compact and our efforts to support the ten principles. These Communication on Engagement (CoE) reports will be published both here and on the UN Global Compact website.