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UN Global Compact: Extraordinary global collaboration

Patsy Doerr  Global Head of Corporate Responsibility and Inclusion, Thomson Reuters

Tim Nixon  Director of Sustainability at Thomson Reuters

Patsy Doerr  Global Head of Corporate Responsibility and Inclusion, Thomson Reuters

Tim Nixon  Director of Sustainability at Thomson Reuters

New Partnerships Key for Global Progress

In our recent feature on the 7 Reasons the World Will become Sustainable, we singled out “unusual collaboration” as a new and powerful force in our global landscape.  This is true for two main reasons.

First, it’s true because we need it to be true.  The human family has now developed enough technical capacity to quickly push the earth’s biosphere beyond sustainable limits.  In short, our tools are sometimes better than we are, and climate risk is one pressing example of how the power of our technology is producing potentially catastrophic change on a global scale.  This enormous capacity for disruptive change makes collaboration across boundaries necessary for solutions.   Investors or regulators or policymakers or corporations are not going to solve global, multi-source problems on their own.  Collaboration is forced, if success is to be realistic, and great sources of wealth and prosperity are to be protected.

Second, it’s true because we want it to be true.  We are drawn towards a common ethic to help preserve our planet as a precious and immeasurably beautiful place.  In a sense, we are starting to form a human “tribe” around protecting and nurturing our one fragile home, and this is a tribe which transcends traditional religious, political or economic boundaries.  It’s a new collective where we find common cause and meaning working together to protect that which we all love.

One specific example of these two driving forces working together to produce extraordinary global collaboration is the United Nations Global Compact.  The UN Global Compact was announced by the UN on January 31, 1999, and was officially launched at UN Headquarters in New York on July 26, 2000.  It has since grown to include 13000 corporate, investor, law firm, NGO and policymaking participants from over 170 countries with two objectives:

As of April, 2016, Thomson Reuters is now officially a proud member of this noble group of global collaborators, and we look forward to adding our voice and data-driven insight to the cause.  It’s an exciting and important time to working together across old boundaries.


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