- 9/15/20, Medium – THINC30 2020: The UN Sustainable Development Goals in the New Now: Relevance and Recovery
- 6/23/20, Medium – What Else Can We Do?
- 9/19/19, Tribune Review – “It’s not just us”: Local students call on politicians after environmental conference
- 9/17/19, Kidsburgh – Youthquake 2030 gathers Pittsburgh’s young movers and shakers to discuss sustainability
- 9/9/19, Medium – With Youthquake 2030, Pittsburgh teens will tackle sustainability
- 6/5/19, Medium – Lessons from Pittsburgh: On the Road to becoming an Inclusive, Sustainable City
- 12/27/18, Green Building Alliance – Covestro’s THINC30 Summit Matches Global Challenges with Local Creativity
- 10/16/18, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Summit to look at why Pittsburgh's 'not great for everyone'
- 12/31/17, WPXI-TV, “Our Region’s Business” – Recapping Covestro’s THINC30 Summit
- 12/10/17, KDKA-TV – KD/PG “Sunday Business Page” – Covestro's Bob Walker & Homewood Childrens Village's Josiah Gilliam on THINC30, a Sustainability Conference
- 11/27/17, NEXTPittsburgh – Carl Pope is changing the conversation on a very hot topic
- 11/15/17, Pittsburgh Business Times – Why a Pittsburgh chemical company is making a big pitch for sustainability
- 11/10/17, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Summit seeks local action on sustainability goals framed by U.N.
- 11/01/17, The New American Economy Radio – A Global Compact for a Better Future
- 10/10/17, Huffington Post – Going Local: Taking the Global UN Sustainable Development Goals to Pittsburgh with THINC30
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What is THINC30?
In Pittsburgh, Covestro LLC’s U.S. headquarters, the company’s signature social innovation initiative to drive community-wide sustainability is THINC30. THINC stands for Transforming, Harnessing, Innovating, Navigating and Collaborating for a Purpose-Driven, Sustainable Future by 2030. Launched in 2017, THINC30 are annual summits that bring the 17 global United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) to local Pittsburgh business, government, academic and nonprofit leaders – and engaged citizens – so they may use them to advance the region’s growth and prosperity in a responsible, sustainable way.
A call to action
As part of Covestro’s i3 (ignite, imagine, innovate) corporate social responsibility initiative, THINC30 aims to:
- Introduce the 17 U.N. SDGs to the wider Pittsburgh region, particularly business and industry, and showcase how they can be advanced by leveraging the growing need for purpose among individuals, organizations and businesses.
- Explore how business and industry are responding to employees’ desire for more purpose in their work and lives to improve their communities and society at large.
- Showcase the Pittsburgh region as a national purpose leader with leading edge ideas, solutions and strategies for companies and communities interested in formally embedding innovation, sustainable business development, corporate social responsibility and community building into their missions.
- Issue a call to action to business and industry to cultivate their purpose – and that of their employees’ or citizen philanthropists – to accelerate sustainable business development, public-private partnerships and social innovation around the 17 United National Sustainable Development Goals.
In addition to spotlighting regional best practice programs and featuring sustainability and CSR business executives, philanthropic leaders, and social entrepreneurs, the summit also convenes national and international thought leaders as keynote speakers, featured panelists and interviewees to provide aspiration, inspiration and motivation.
Pittsburgh is experiencing its third renaissance, having successfully transformed its old industrial economy into one that is diversified and sustainable. Yet, not everyone is benefiting from the transformation and there is still much work to be done to ensure the city continues forward on its sustainability path.
While global, the UN SDGs provide a guide for identifying and tracking local issues ranging from water and air quality to race and gender equity to poverty and economic opportunity.
With a focus on business and industry, THINC30 gathers a diverse cross-section of local leadership to stimulate conversation and new partnerships with organizations that have never had the opportunity to interact before. All of this with the goal of ensuring all Pittsburghers are included in the region’s continuing prosperity.
At THINC30 difficult conversations have transpired. Issues for action identified. Partnerships strengthened and new ones formed. Citizen philanthropy in support of the goals has increased. THINC30 continues to assist Pittsburgh in reaching its goal of becoming a truly sustainable and inclusive city for all its residents.