The UN Global Compact: A New Perspective – The Dynamic Cyclical Spiral Evolutionary Model

Tomáš Kristek


Although the UN Global Compact (UNGC), as a CSR initiative, primarily targets businesses, it enables and facilitates disseminating standards and norms and communication between the international and local environment. However, the UNGC has faced considerable criticism. It has not lived up to expectations, does not respond to a global society’s complexity, and manifests itself as static. This paper presents a new understanding of the UNGC as a Model of a Dynamic Cyclical Spiral Evolutionary Process. Its essence lies in linking international and local environments revealing the synergistic effect of standards and norms creation and diffusion in an evolutionary process. The methodological framework is represented by localisation and subsidiarity theories, norms, and standards translation, vernacularisation, and contestation theories. This perspective extends the UNGC’s current understanding, revealing local actors’ significance, creating a prerequisite for global governance systems.


UNGC Model, CSR, Dynamic Cyclical Spiral Evolutionary Model, Norm localisationsubsidiarity, Norm vernacularisationcontestation


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Kristek, T. (2022). The UN Global Compact: A New Perspective – the Dynamic Cyclical Spiral Evolutionary Model. In: 22nd International Joint Conference Central and Eastern Europe in the Changing Business Environment. Proceedings. Oeconomica Publishing House, Praha.


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