UWS is firmly committed to the following Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact:
- Human Rights
Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and
Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
As UWS in Cyprus, we share UWS’ commitment and further declare our dedication to follow the UN Global Contact’s guidelines developed specifically for Higher Education Institutions. We recognise the double responsibility we have to incorporate these principles in our own institutional operations and to equip our students with the awareness, knowledge and skills to become socially responsible professionals and academics.
One example of UWS in Cyprus’ efforts to contribute to the protection of human rights at a local level is the partnership developed with the Nicosia Turkish Municipality for the establishment and the operation of the first Women’s Domestic Violence Shelter by a public agency in North Cyprus. UWS in Cyprus provided advise and technical expertise in the preparation of policies and facilities, training of staff and volunteers. UWS in Cyprus continues to play an advisory role in the ongoing operations of the shelter and the municipality’s Gender Equality Unit.