Thunderbird School of Global Management, an affiliate of the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, is the academic partner for Global Compact Network USA.

Thunderbird and ASU leadership join Network USA board vice chair Val Smith at Making Global Goals Local Business USA in 2019
Former UN Global Compact CEO  Lise Kingo, UN Global Compact COO Ole Hansen, and Network USA leadership join Thunderbird for Good Executive Director Kellie Kreiser at the Annual Local Network Forum 2019

In January 2020, Network USA selected Thunderbird School of Global Management, part of Arizona State University, as its Institutional Partner. As Network USA’s knowledge partner, Thunderbird and other schools within ASU will support members’ work through wide-ranging activities to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including initiatives such as the Young SDG Innovators Program and the SDG Pioneers, which are implemented by Thunderbird.

Richard Pearl, chairman of the board of the Global Compact Network USA, said Thunderbird’s deep expertise in corporate social responsibility and its longstanding history of partnering with the corporate sector are huge assets for the UN Global Compact.

“We are thrilled to partner with Thunderbird. Thunderbird showed us how passionate they were about the work. Dr. Khagram’s longstanding involvement with the Global Compact also was an important factor in our decision.”    
–Richard Pearl, Chairman of the Board, Network USA

Thunderbird School of Global Management is the world’s premier leadership and management institution. As part of Arizona State University, we are able to draw on multiple disciplines of excellence to empower leaders across sectors with future-ready skills to thrive in an increasingly interconnected and rapidly changing global economy.

Thunderbird is the vanguard of global leadership, management, and business education for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We are much more than a school. Thunderbird is also a global network of future-ready leaders, managers, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs across the private and public sectors who advance inclusive and sustain­able prosperity worldwide.

Arizona State University, ranked No. 1 “Most Innovative School” in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for five years in succession, has forged the model for a New American University by operating on the principle that learning is a personal and original journey for each student; that they thrive on experience, and the process of discovery cannot be bound by traditional academic disciplines. Through innovation and a commitment to accessibility, ASU has drawn pioneering researchers to its faculty even as it expands opportunities for qualified students.

ASU’s School of Sustainability is the first comprehensive degree-granting program of its kind in the United States, with a focus on finding real-world solutions to environmental, economic, and social challenges. The School of Sustainability offers undergraduate and graduate programs and minors, as well as doctoral and professional leadership programs. Established in 2006, the School is part of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, which advances research, education, and business practices for an urbanizing world. 

 “The UN Global Compact is critical in linking the United Nations and private sector to drive change on humanity’s most critical challenges.”   
—Thunderbird Director General and Dean Sanjeev Khagram

Thunderbird and ASU’s partnership with the U.N. Global Compact comes on the heels of increasing awareness that the private sector can and must play a critical role in advancing sustainability in the fight against poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, peace and justice.


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Daniella Foster
Board Chair; Executive Board Member, SVP & Global Head, Public Affairs, Science & Sustainability, Consumer Health, Bayer.
Paul Francisco
SVP & Chief Diversity Officer, State Street Corporation
David Hackett
Ex-Officio Director; Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP
Eunice Heath
SVP and Chief Sustainability Officer, CRH
Sanjeev Khagram
Ex-Officio Director; Director General and Dean, Thunderbird School of Global Management
Jennifer Leitsch
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Shobha Meera
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Michael Okoroafor
Chief Sustainability Officer, McCormick & Company
Gavin Power
Chief of Sustainable Development and International Affairs, PIMCO
Guly Sabahi
Senior Advisor, Climate Finance, NDC Partnership
Gayle Schueller
Board Vice Chair; Chief Sustainability Officer, 3M
Kristen Siemen
Vice President - Chief Sustainability Officer, General Motors
Brian Tippens
Senior Vice President and Chief Social Impact Officer, Cisco
Ann Tracy
Board Secretary, Chief Sustainability Officer, Colgate-Palmolive Company
Global Compact Network USA is a nonprofit 501c3 corporation registered in Delaware and with an office in New York.
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