Trust Conference is the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s flagship annual event and a leading human rights forum. Normally held in the heart of London each year, the conference brings together some 600 delegates from diverse sectors representing more than 60 countries. In 2020 and 2021, the forum has moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Previous speakers have included Nobel Laureate and social entrepreneur Professor Muhammad Yunus, Chief Executive at Oxfam GB Danny Sriskandarajah, Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists Joel Simon, Creative Director of Eco Age Ltd Livia Firth, Technical Research Manager at Stanford Internet Observatory Renée DiResta, Associate Director at UCLA and author of ‘Algorithms of Oppression’ Safiya Noble and Co-Founder and Director of Tandem Research Urvashi Aneja.

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2021 Agenda

17 November - Creating Inclusive and Sustainable Economies

The need to build more inclusive and sustainable economies continues to top the global agenda. We look at practical solutions to achieve ‘net-zero’ and create ‘greener’ jobs that leave no one behind. We also assess the economic impact of exclusion, and explore whether framing climate change as a human rights issue could help deliver faster action.

8:00 AM GMT

Welcome Remarks

Antonio Zappulla, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation

8:15 AM GMT

Keynote

8:30 AM GMT

Fireside Chat

Emerging from crisis: Learning from the leaders spearheading inclusive economies

10:00 AM GMT

Insight Session

Changing the narrative: Climate change as a human rights risk

From worsening storms, droughts, floods and wildfires to rising sea levels, climate change is a real, visible risk. Could reframing climate change as a human rights threat and a legal issue help drive faster action? We hear from those pioneering this groundbreaking approach.

12:15 PM GMT

Meet the Changemakers

Participants in the Trust Conference Changemakers Programme share their innovative work.

1:00 PM GMT

Panel Discussion

Making a ‘Just Transition’: Will the future of work be truly inclusive?

A more sustainable economy could create millions of new jobs globally in everything from solar and wind power to building out electric vehicle charging networks. But how can we ensure that quality jobs will replace those that are lost? And how can this transition be managed to avoid economic disenfranchisement and reactionary backlash?

2:30 PM GMT

Insight Session

Achieving ‘Net-zero’: The world’s next moonshot?

Governments and the private sector are making official pledges to achieve carbon neutrality in the next three decades with some businesses even committing to becoming carbon negative and removing historical carbon emissions. Aiming for net zero will require a number of wide-changing adjustments, including new forms of investment and different ways to regulate how people travel, consume and are taxed. We explore the scale of the challenge and some of the practical implications for ordinary citizens.

4:00 PM GMT

Insight Session

Leveraging ESG momentum for social good

The ESG framework is increasingly being considered by investors and the private sector as the emerging universal benchmark to track and monitor sustainability performance and societal impact. Whilst significant progress has been made in regard to the adoption and monitoring of E and G indicators, the tracking of social output is lagging behind. As legislative frameworks increasingly shift towards mandatory human rights due diligence, we debunk some of the common misconceptions preventing a full and meaningful adoption of S indicators, assessing the tangible impact such adoption could have on the rights of workers and socio-economic inequality.

5:15 PM GMT

Panel Discussion

The business case for inclusive economies

A 2020 report from the World Bank Group showed that the world could achieve a ‘gender dividend’ of $172 trillion by closing gaps in lifetime labour earnings between women and men. Another 2020 study by Citigroup found that over the past 20 years, race-based inequalities cost the GDP of the United States approximately $16 trillion. These are just two of many data points proving that more inclusive economies would be stronger and more prosperous. What trends are we seeing and what would real progress look like?

6:45 PM GMT

Fireside Chat

7:45 PM GMT

Closing Remarks

Antonio Zappulla, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation





18 November - Media Freedom, Technology & Society

Sustained attacks on media freedom, combined with a rise in misinformation and the adoption of new, unregulated surveillance technologies, threaten to undermine democracies around the world. We look at the global challenges faced by journalists, and explore the implications of the surge in the use of surveillance technology on people’s privacy and rights.

8:00 AM GMT

Welcome Remarks

Antonio Zappulla, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation

8:15 AM GMT

Keynote

8:30 AM GMT

Fireside Chat

Threats to independent journalism around the world: What does the future hold for media freedom?

Independent journalism continues to be hit by a series of challenges – from limiting access to data, right through to punitive legislation and even threats to reporters. In addition, declining trust in media and the relentless onslaught of misinformation and disinformation riddling social media platforms has created real obstacles to truth-telling. We look at the impact of recent events on press freedom and independent journalism around the world, and explore its implications for the next decade.

10:00 AM GMT

Insight Session

12:15 PM GMT

Meet the Changemakers

Participants in the Trust Conference Changemakers Programme share their innovative work.

1:00 PM GMT

Panel

Female journalists under attack: How online and real world threats risk limiting women’s participation in journalism

From outright misogyny to death threats, female journalists continue to experience unprecedented levels of harassment - with dangerous consequences ranging from physical and psychological harm to a decrease in their actual contributions to journalism. What are the risks and realities of the violence exerted against female journalists both online and in the ‘real world’? What needs to be done to protect these journalists in this climate?

2:30 PM GMT

Insight Session

Defending media freedom: Introducing the ‘Legal Network for Journalism at Risk’

The Thomson Reuters Foundation, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Media Legal Defence Initiative introduce the ‘Legal Network for Journalism At Risk’, a new joint initiative to support free and independent media through a wide range of legal support.

3:45 PM GMT

Insight Session

Diversity in the newsroom: Ensuring a plurality of voices

International protest movements such as #Metoo and Black Lives Matter have underscored the fact that press coverage can only be accurate, equitable and trustworthy if newsrooms are diverse. What is the state of diversity within newsrooms today? What work still needs to be done, and who can we learn from on this front?

5:00 PM GMT

Panel

Surveillance vs Privacy: The ongoing fight for digital rights

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated our reliance on digital technology. From thermal scanning facial recognition cameras to track and trace apps, we have consented to new forms of control in the name of public health. In some countries, COVID-19 has also ushered in internet shutdowns and questionable data privacy arrangements, in the absence of specific legislation preventing this. What are the world’s surveillance hotspots and how can we balance the competing needs for efficiency, safety and privacy?

6:30 PM GMT

Fireside Chat

7:30 PM GMT

Closing Remarks

Antonio Zappulla, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation

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