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      Act local. Impact global.
      Bringing purpose to Pittsburgh


      THINC30 is a summit on transforming, harnessing, innovating, navigating and collaborating for a purpose-driven, sustainable future by 2030.

      THINC30 2020:
      The UNSDGs in the New Now: Relevance and Recovery

      This year's virtual THINC30 Summit showcased how the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are more relevant than ever. Each day offers a roadmap for creating the society we want and is devoted to one of the three pillars of sustainability – social, environmental, economic equity. Please watch, enjoy and be inspired.

      Thursday, October 15
      9:00 – 11:30 a.m. – “Social Resilience”
      How do we achieve equity in public health, education and food justice?
      Click here to view the agenda for Day 1 (PDF)
      Watch a recording of the Social Resilience event!

      Tuesday, October 20
      9:00 – 11:30 a.m. – “Environmental Equity”
      How can the City of Pittsburgh, its neighborhoods and business step up sustainable practices that drive environmental justice?
      Click here to view the agenda for Day 2 (PDF)
      Watch a recording of the Environmental Equity event!

      Thursday, October 22
      9:00 – 11:30 a.m. – “Economic Empowerment”
      As we plan our economic recovery, how do we ensure everyone has a fair shot to participate and prosper?
      Click here to view the agenda for Day 3 (PDF)
      Watch a recording of the Economic Empowerment event!

      "THINC30 is really just a starting point. It’s a daylong conversation to get us all thinking about how we can take these big, lofty [U.N. Sustainable Development] goals and put them into action right here in our region."
      Rebecca Lucore, head of corporate social responsibility and sustainability, Covestro LLC
      The Takeaways

      THINC30 2018 Takeaway Report (see attached PDF)

      THINC30 2017 Takeaway Report (see attached PDF)

      Neighborhood Wellness Checklist (see attached PDF)

      Media Highlights
      Additional Resources

      UN Global Compact
      Integrating the Sustainable Development Goals into Corporate Reporting: A Practical Guide

      IMPACT 2030

      City of Pittsburgh OnePGH

      100 Resilient Cities

      Brookings Institution
      Capturing the next economy: Pittsburgh’s rise as a global innovation city

      DRAWDOWN: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed To Reverse Global Warming
      Edited by Paul Hawken

      The Purpose Economy
      By Aaron Hurst

      Pathways To Our Sustainable Future: A Global Perspective From Pittsburgh
      By Patty Demarco


      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.

      Why Pittsburgh?

      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.

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