Global Compact Network USA recognizes Meg Parker Young for championing the Sustainable Development Goals


Global Compact Network USA recognized the first ever USA SDG Pioneer — a young business leader who is championing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their company, as well as inspiring others to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Chosen from a number of highly impressive nominations, the Network is proud to recognize Meg Parker Young, director of Impact Strategy and Development at Thomson Reuters, as its 2019
SDG Pioneer.


“It is an honor to accept this recognition on behalf of my Thomson Reuters colleagues, customers and partners who every day work in the collective pursuit of a more transparent, ethical and just future,” says Parker Young. “Progress against the SDGs will require accurate, objective journalism, resilient tax systems and confidence in the rule of law, and we are proud to be a trusted partner in this work.”


Along with her team, Parker Young’s strategy work has enabled Thomson Reuters to draw on its domain and technological expertise within the legal, tax and media fields to better support objective and fair outcomes and build on the strengths of a free press that informs and empowers people around the world. This year, her work has driven the launch of three new corporate carbon commitments, a new commitment to the SDG 16 action platform promoting access to justice, and robust product development discussions to better align the company’s commercial mission with its philanthropic endeavors. Parker Young’s strategy work has also driven external partnerships and, in partnership with her colleagues, paved the way for multiple internal innovation campaigns supporting a new, CEO-led vision for the company focused on the propagation of justice and transparency globally.


“We are very pleased to recognize Meg Parker Young as Network USA’s first SDG Pioneer for her leadership at Thomson Reuters to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges,” says Adam Roy Gordon, Engagement Director of Global Compact Network USA. “Next-generation leadership, such as hers, is necessary for us to achieve the ambition of the SDGs and create the world we want.”


As the winner of the national round, Parker Young will now compete in the global round along with other candidates for the title of 2019 UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers. The global winners will be announced this September in New York during the UN General Assembly.


“We are excited to help young professionals innovate new business solutions to address today’s global challenges,” says Lise Kingo, CEO & Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. “Leadership in the 2030 era requires change agents. Change agents don’t sit around waiting for the future to happen. They create it. They do not choose the path of least resistance. They stay the course, also when they are ridiculed or fought. In the end — they win. They have the future on their side.”


Network USA would also like to recognize the following SDG Pioneers candidate finalists from the local round competition: Antonio Dixon of SolarFi, Lyndsay Harris of Medidata Solutions, Jennifer Signori of Neuberger Berman, and Ben Thompson of Autodesk.


About the SDG Pioneers Program


As a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact works with companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. Launched in 2000, the UN Global Compact guides and supports the global business community in advancing UN goals and values through responsible corporate practices. With more than 9,500 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and 70 Local Networks, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world.


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About Global Compact Network USA

Launched in 2007, the Global Compact Network USA (GCNUSA) is the local network chapter of the United Nations Global Compact. Working closely with Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University, Network USA identified next generation sustainability leaders for the SDG Pioneers Competition. Network USA is a non-profit organization that supports U.S.-based entities in:


  • Operating in alignment with the Ten Principles of the Global Compact

  • Engaging with and advancing the Sustainable Development Goals

  • Leveraging their association with the Global Compact and United Nations and its global resource network

  • Facilitating and creating opportunities for multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder collaboration


The 2019 SDG Pioneers program has partly been made possible with generous support from Tuborg Foundation.




Global Compact Network USA

Adam Roy Gordon

Engagement Director

Tel: +1 (203) 832-0984