World Trade Centers Association Announces Participation with the United Nations Global Compact

Participation demonstrates the WTCA’s support for the UN’s mission to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030
Nov 09, 2020

New York, NY (November 9, 2020) — The World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) — an international trade organization connecting more than 320 World Trade Centers (WTCs) in 90 countries — is pleased to announce its participation with the United Nations Global Compact (UN Global Compact), which for 20 years has been uniting businesses for a better world driving change across all aspects of corporate sustainability. The WTCA’s participation demonstrates the association’s support for the UN’s mission to drive business awareness and action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

“On behalf of the WTCA, we are proud to announce our commitment to support the UN Global Compact with advancing its ten principles with respect to human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption,” stated John E. Drew, Chairman of the WTCA. “Our association will engage in this initiative by making these principles an integral part of our business strategy, day-to-day-operations and organizational culture, and advocating for responsible business practices.”

The WTCA’s participation will further support its mission to operate responsibly and support society in alignment with universal sustainability principles. Comprised of more than 11,000 companies and 3,000 non-business organizations in more than 160 countries around the world, the UN Global Compact and its participants are a natural fit for the WTCA as they represent nearly every industry sector and size, and come equally from developed and developing countries.

“The UN Global Compact provides a universal language for corporate responsibility and a framework to guide all businesses regardless of size, complexity or location,” stated Sanda Ojiambo, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact. “We’re honored to have the WTCA’s participation in our initiative, which makes a statement about the strength of the association and its members’ values to make our world better. We look forward to seeing the WTCA’s commitment to corporate sustainability and a long-term partnership with the UN Global Compact.”

The WTCA’s participation with the UN Global Compact is the second new strategic engagement that the WTCA has announced as it continues to expand its network of partners across various sectors and industries relevant to its members.

“Today’s climate brings to the forefront the importance of sustainability and ESG – Environmental, Social and Governance – principles. These cover how we conduct ourselves, how we treat each other fairly and with dignity, how we care for the environment and how we operate with good governance. Joining the UN Global Compact’s initiative will allow WTCA Members to engage with other participants; partner with a wide range of stakeholders; share tools, resources and trainings for responsible corporate practices; participate in local networks in 85 countries; and join a global community of businesses in support of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals,” says Robin van Puyenbroeck, WTCA Executive Director of Business Development. “We’re excited for our association’s new initiative to become a global driver of change.”

To view the WTCA’s letter of commitment with the UN Global Compact, visit


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About World Trade Centers Association (WTCA)
The World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) is a network of more than 320 highly connected, mutually supporting businesses and organizations in 90 countries. As the owner of the “World Trade Center” and “WTC” trademarks, the WTCA licenses exclusive rights to these brands for Members to use in conjunction with their independently-owned, iconic properties, facilities and trade services offerings. Through a robust portfolio of events, programming and resources that it offers its Members, the goal of the WTCA is to help local economies thrive by encouraging and facilitating trade and investment across the globe through Member engagement. To learn more, visit

About the UN Global Compact (UN Global Compact)
As a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Launched in 2000, the mandate of the UN Global Compact is to guide and support the global business community in advancing UN goals and values through responsible corporate practices. With more than 11,000 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and 68 Local Networks, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world. To learn more, visit