In 2019 the United Nations named Thunderbird School of Global Management the official institutional and academic partner for the UN Global Compact (UNGC) Network USA. The UNGC supports companies and non-profit organizations implementing universally accepted sustainability principles. As the academic partner, Thunderbird mobilizes students, faculty and the larger community for member programs, research and events to help members align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.

Key Activities

Young SDG Innovators Partnership (YSIP)

  • A prestigious Global Impact Initiative (GII) that gives young professionals the opportunity to work on a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) within their organization
  • Any UNGC member company can apply; 10 are accepted to each send three young professionals to participate in the program

SDG Pioneers Program

  • The program recognizes business leaders who are doing an exceptional job advancing the SDGs through the implementation of the UN’s Ten Principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption
  • Thunderbird supports Network USA in the recruitment and vetting of candidates, as well as overseeing the voting process to select the awardees

Thought Leadership at UNGC Events

  • Held annually, the United Nations Global Assembly (UNGA) brings together more than 400 UN members to discuss the SDGs and the challenges and opportunities they present
  • Thunderbird, partnering with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory at ASU, curated sessions during the UNGA’s “Uniting Business Live” event and the UNGC’s “Leaders’ Summit”
  • Thunderbird showcased global thought leadership on such topics as sustainability for SMEs, innovations in carbon removal, diversity and inclusion, gender equality, climate change, and best practices for sustainable business around the clock and around the world

"Global Compact Network USA is very pleased to be partnered with Thunderbird to further the UN's corporate sustainability efforts. This successful relationship has allowed the network to leverage Thunderbird's leading faculty, administration and program expertise in support of the sustainability ambitions of US companies."

Adam Roy Gordon

Engagement Director, UN Global Compact Network USA