FAQs

Frequently asked questions 

  1. What does the Antwerp ITCCO stand for?
  2. Why is the ITTCO located in Antwerp?
  3. What makes the Antwerp ITCCO unique?
  4. What is UNITAR?
  5. What is the Global Compact?
  6. What are the ten principles of the Global Compact?
  7. What are the MDGs?
  8. Is the Antwerp - ITCCO focusing exclusively on the jewelry and diamond industry?
  9. How does the center contribute to advancing the MDGs and the UNGC principles?
  10. What is corporate social responsibility (CSR)?
  11. How does CSR relate to sustainable development?
  12. What type of trainings does the center offer?
  13. Who can participate?
  14. Why follow these trainings?
  15. Are these trainings certified/recognized externally?
  16. Who are the partners of the center?
  17. E-learning FAQs
     

 

  1. What does the Antwerp ITCCO stand for?

Antwerp ITCCO stands for the Antwerp International Training Center for Corporate Opportunities.

  1. Why is the ITTCO located in Antwerp?

The ITCCO was established in Antwerp because most of its founding partners are located there.

  1. What makes the Antwerp ITCCO unique?

It provides an overall framework inspired by the UN Goals and the Global Compact for training on CSR.

  1. What is UNITAR?

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a United Nations autonomous body whose mission is to enhance the effectiveness of the UN through appropriate training and research on issues such as peace and security, social and economic development and the environment.

  1. What is the Global Compact?

The United Nations Global Compact, also known as Compact or UNGC, is a United Nations initiative to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, and to report on their implementation. It is a principle-based framework for businesses, stating ten principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. It is the world's largest corporate citizenship initiative.

  1. What are the ten principles of the Global Compact?

The UN Global Compact asks companies to embrace, support and enact, within their sphere of influence, the following a set of core values in the areas of human rights, labor standards, the environment and anti-corruption. The ten principles are:

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.

Labour
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.

Environment
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.


Anti-Corruption
Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

  1. What are the MDGs?

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight international development goals that all United Nations member states have agreed to achieve by the year 2015. They include eradicating extreme poverty, reducing child mortality rates, fighting disease epidemics such as AIDS, and developing a global partnership for development.

  1. Is the Antwerp - ITCCO focusing exclusively on the jewelry and diamond industry?

No. The Antwerp - ITTCO focuses on CSR trainings to promote and accelerate the private sector’s adherence to the UNGC principles and progress on the MDGs.

Whilst some of its activities will, in the beginning, focus on the diamond and jewelry industry, the scope of the courses will be expanded to other industries.

  1. How does the center contribute to advancing the MDGs and the UNGC principles?

The Antwerp ITCCO helps further the MDGs and the UNGC principles by raising awareness about them as well as by providing practical training on how to promote them and operate in compliance with them. It demonstrates how the goals of the United Nations and those of business can be mutually supportive, in the spirit of, and in accordance with the United Nations Millennium Declaration. Its e-learning courses significantly expand its outreach and bring a multiplier effect.

  1. What is corporate social responsibility (CSR)?


Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) can be understood as a management concept and a process that integrate social and environmental concerns in business operations and a company’s interactions with its stakeholders.

From a UN perspective, the Global Compact asks companies to embrace, support and enact, within their sphere of influence, a set of core values in the areas of human rights, labor standards, the environment and anti-corruption.

  1. How does CSR relate to sustainable development?

The most widely recognized definition of sustainable development was published in 1987 in the Brundtland Report: "sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Business goals are inseparable from the societies and environments within which they operate. Whilst short-term economic gain can be pursued, the failure to account for longer-term social and environmental impacts makes those business practices unsustainable. CSR can be seen as a dimension of sustainable development that focuses on a sound stakeholder approach with business realizing its responsibilities as a member of society and meeting the expectations of all stakeholders.

  1. What type of trainings does the center offer?

The center will offer several types of trainings: one to three-days executive trainings, operational trainings and e-learning courses.

  1. Who can participate?

Courses are open to all professionals with the exception of the executive courses that are by invitation only.

  1. Why follow these trainings?

CSR and sustainability issues are gaining more and more importance. These trainings allow participants to acquire relevant knowledge and skills that will help their organizations address those issues. It is therefore good for business AND for development.

Furthermore, the UN’s approach to sustainable development and CSR is likely to become even more relevant and acknowledged in an increasingly globalized world.

  1. Are these trainings certified/recognized externally?

Trainings are designed and developed under UNITAR standards for quality and are delivered through partnerships with specialized institutions and internationally-recognized universities. Some courses may allow participants to get academic credits under particular conditions.

  1. Who are the partners of the center?

See section on partners

 
E-learning FAQs
  1. What are the minimum hardware and software requirements for taking our e-learning courses?
  2. Is online training suited for me?
  3. What web skills do I need?
  4. Will I need to purchase additional books and reference materials?
  5. What is the grading system?
  6. Who owns the course materials (copyright)?
  7. Why does the fee cover?
  8. Does UNITAR refund fees?
  9. Can I apply my fees to another course?
  10. Can I take more than one course at a time?
  11. Who do I contact if I have technical problems (e.g. lost password)?
1. What are the technical hardware and software requirements for taking our e-learning courses?
UNITAR recommends the following as a minimum in hardware and software to take our e-Learning courses. Please consult your Network Administrator or Systems person to ensure that you have the following:
  • Platform: Windows Vista / Windows 7; MacOSX 
  • Software: Microsoft Word 2007/2010, Microsoft Excel 2007/2010, Adobe Acrobat Reader (download for free, if you don't have it yet)
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 8 or higher OR Mozilla Firefox
  • Note: Java, cookies and pop-ups must be enabled
Internet connection with adequate speed (at least 256kbps)Platform: Windows Vista / Windows 7; MacOSX 
Software: Microsoft Word 2007/2010, Microsoft Excel 2007/2010, Adobe Acrobat Reader (download for free, if you don't have it yet)
Browser: Internet Explorer 8 or higher OR Mozilla Firefox
Note: Java, cookies must be enabled; and popups
Internet connection with adequate speed (at least 256kbps)
2. Is online training suited for me?
UNITAR's e-learning courses are structured in a very user-friendly manner with a clearly defined pedagogy and intuitive navigation. As such, the online training course is really ideally suited for anyone who is even minutely familiar with the basic features of a computer and internet browsing, e.g. if you can access and read a newspaper online, you can take our online courses.
3. What web skills do I need?
One does not need a lot of experience with computers to take our e-learning courses. You should however be familiar with the Internet and World Wide Web. Your computer experience should include using the mouse, scrolling, clicking hyperlinks, locating and saving files, using e-mail, entering text in web-based forms, and using the web to access information.
4. Will I need to purchase additional books and reference materials?
One does not need to purchase additional materials because it is a self-contained course. However outside reference materials are always beneficial. They may assist an individual in expanding his/her wealth of knowledge on the course subject.
5. What is the grading system?
At the end of the course, participants have to answer a set of multiple choice questions (MCQs). To receive the certificate of completion, they must answer correctly to 80 percent of the questions.
6. Who owns the course materials (copyright)?
All materials in the courses are copyrighted either by UNITAR or by the course partners and experts. Written permission is required to redistribute information from the courses, either in print or electronically.
7. Why does the fee cover?
UNITAR's online courses are offered on a cost recovery basis. It charges a fee to all participants to cover the costs of developing, administering and conducting its e-Learning courses. This helps UNITAR sustain its e-learning activities as well as offer new and relevant course topics. UNITAR thanks you for your understanding.
8. Does UNITAR refund fees?
UNITAR does not refund payment once it has been received. However, if a participant is unable to take a course after having deposited a fee for it, the fee can be applied/allocated to another UNITAR course on the condition that the other course starts within the same calendar year. All unused payments at the end of a calendar year are considered forfeited. Cancellation of participation from a course must be requested via email to antwerp-itcco@unitar.org before the first day of the course to be able to apply the fee to another course. No cancellation is allowed from the first day of the course onwards. UNITAR reserves the right to modify course schedules without any advance notice.
9. Can I apply my fees to another course?
Cancellation of participation from a course must be requested via email to antwerp-itcco@unitar.org before the first day of the course to be able to apply the fee to another course. No cancellation is allowed from the first day of the course onwards. Please note also that UNITAR reserves the right to modify course schedules.
10. Can I take more than one course at a time?
Yes, you can enroll in more than one course at a time.
11. Who do I contact if I have technical problems (e.g. lost password)?
Should one encounter technical difficulties, such as a lost password, please contact UNITAR's e-learning administrator at antwerp-itcco@unitar.org