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Accountability depends on an organisation having in place a set of mechanisms that can be used to explain its objectives and results to stakeholders, and that contribute to improving the organisation.

Social responsibility reports are a way to inform stakeholders of commitments, objectives and results with respect to actions related to the economic, environmental and social components of sustainable development. In the case of universities, such reports focus on education, research, management and relations with society.

In 2004, the UPC became a signatory to the Global Compact, and since then the University has produced and made public an annualProgress Report. The Global Compact is an international initiative of the United Nations that asks organisations to support and enact 10 Principles, derived from key international declarations and conventions. The principles focus on four areas: human rights, labour standards, environment and anti-corruption.