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 first day of the conference will address the need to build more inclusive and sustainable economies post-pandemic. Specific topics explored include whether reframing climate change as a human rights risk might propel greater action, whether a sustainable economy can be truly inclusive, and – in the same month as the world convenes in the UK for COP26 – a deep-dive into what is needed to ‘achieve net-zero’. We will conclude the day with a panel discussion exploring the business case for economic inclusion, beyond the obvious moral imperative.

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

9:30 AM GMT

Networking Break

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.

Carolina Henriquez-Schmitz, Director of TrustLaw, Thomson Reuters Foundation (moderator)

Dr Hilda C. Heine, Senator and Former President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, President, Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT)

Michiel Coenraads, Partner, DLA Piper

11:00 AM GMT

Networking Break

12:15 PM GMT

Meet the Changemakers

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

12:45 PM GMT

Networking Break

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?

Dr Sandie Okoro, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, World Bank

Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation

2:15 PM GMT

Networking Break

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.

Adrian Cockcroft, VP Amazon Sustainability Architecture, Amazon

Laurie Goering, Head of Climate Programme, Thomson Reuters Foundation (moderator)

Ma Jun, Director of the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs

Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE, Mayor of Freetown

3:30 PM GMT

Networking Break

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 framework 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 and impact is lagging behind. As legislative frameworks increasingly shift towards mandatory human rights due diligence, we debunk some of the common misconceptions and explore some concrete tools and approaches to enable a full and meaningful adoption of S indicators, assessing the tangible impact such adoption could have on the rights of workers, socio-economic inequality and diversity and inclusion.

Andrew Mason, Stewardship Director, Aberdeen Standards Investment

Giulia Corinaldi, Director of Inclusive Economy Programmes, Thomson Reuters Foundation (moderator)

Jacquelyn MacLennan, Partner, White & Case

Shamina Singh, Executive Vice President, Sustainability, Mastercard

Yusuf George, Managing Director, Programs and Strategic Engagement, JUST Capital

5:00 PM GMT

Networking Break

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?

Cheryl L. Dorsey, President, Echoing Green

Henriette Kolb, Head, Gender and Economic Inclusion Group, International Finance Corporation (moderator)

Jon Miller, Partner, Brunswick Group

Jorge Rubio Nava, Managing Director & Founding Member of the Global Inclusive Finance Team, Citi

Katica Roy, CEO and Founder, Pipeline Equity

6:30 PM GMT

Closing Remarks

Antonio Zappulla, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation


7:00 PM GMT

Networking

8:00 PM GMT

Close




18 November - Media Freedom, Technology & Society

The second day of the Conference will explore the link between media sustainability and media independence, emerging digital rights risks in the Global South, online harassment against female journalists, diversity in the newsroom, emerging models of cyber sovereignty, and the role of philanthropy in supporting independent media.

8:00 AM GMT

Welcome Remarks

Antonio Zappulla, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation

8:15 AM GMT

Keynote

8:30 AM GMT

Panel Discussion

Threats to independent journalism around the world: the impact of financial instability on news outlets’ editorial control

Independent journalism is beset by ongoing challenges – from limiting access to data, to punitive legislation and even threat or actual harm to reporters themselves. Meanwhile, dire economic repercussions created by a drop in revenues are threatening the long-term financial sustainability of many news outlets, placing their future at the mercy of business, individual or state control. Vulnerable to the highest bidder, how can editorial independence be safeguarded? 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.

Lina Attalah, Journalist, Mada Masr

Rasmus Nielsen, Director, The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism; Professor of Political Communications, University of Oxford

Sheetal Vyas, Founding Executive Director, International Fund for Public Interest Media

9:30 AM GMT

Networking Break

10:00 AM GMT

Insight Session

In partnership with the Internet Society

11:00 AM GMT

Networking Break

12:15 PM GMT

Meet the Changemakers

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

12:45 PM GMT

Networking Break

1:00 PM GMT

Panel

The race for cyber sovereignty

The past 20 years have witnessed an exponential growth and adoption of digital technologies. Two governance models are emerging. In the West, technology companies and governments are struggling to reframe their relationship, with policy makers and civil society increasingly keen to safeguard democracy and human rights. In China, where the digital ecosystem is much more open to government scrutiny and regulation, Chinese leaders cite greater efficiency of state services and security in a push to protect and promote their models of digital governance. We look at the issue of cyber sovereignty and its many repercussions on people and society.

Brett Solomon, Executive Director, Access Now

Eileen Donahoe, Executive Director, Global Digital Policy Incubator, Stanford University

Mark Surman, Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation

Xue Lan, Dean of Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University

2:15 PM GMT

Networking Break

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 expand the reach and impact of legal assistance available to journalists through better coordination between support organisations. Ensuring that journalists and media outlets receive adequate legal representation, free of charge, means that different forms of support need to be provided throughout the duration of the cases against them. This new Network will coordinate support to journalists and media outlets throughout the life of their legal cases, more effectively leverage existing resources, and strengthen the whole ecosystem through the production of legal tools.

Alinda Vermeer, Chief Executive Officer, Media Legal Defence Initiative

3:30 PM GMT

Networking Break

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?

Alessandra Galloni, Editor in Chief, Reuters

Danielle Belton, Editor in Chief, Huffington Post

Nina Goswami, Creative Diversity Lead, BBC

4:45 PM GMT

Networking Break

5:00 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?

Dr Julie Posetti, Global Director of Research, International Center for Journalists

Patricia Georgiou, Head of Partnerships and Business Development, Jigsaw

Zanji Sinkala, Investigative Multimedia Journalist

6:15 PM GMT

Networking Break

6:30 PM GMT

Fireside Chat

Craig Newmark, Founder, craigslist

Vivian Schiller, Executive Director, Aspen Digital

7:30 PM GMT

Closing Remarks

Antonio Zappulla, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation

7:45 PM GMT

Close

2021 Speakers

  • Adrian Cockcroft

    VP Sustainability Architecture, Amazon

  • Alessandra Galloni

    Editor in Chief, Reuters

  • Alinda Vermeer

    Chief Executive Officer, Media Defence

  • Andrew Mason

    Stewardship Director, Aberdeen Standard Investments

  • Antonio Zappulla

    Chief Executive Officer, Thomson Reuters Foundation

  • Brett Solomon

    Executive Director, Access Now

  • Carolina Henriquez-Schmitz

    Director of TrustLaw, Thomson Reuters Foundation

  • Cheryl L. Dorsey

    President, Echoing Green

  • Craig Newmark

    Founder, craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies

  • Danielle Belton

    Editor in Chief, Huffington Post

  • Dr Hilda C. Heine

    Senator and Former President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands

  • Dr Julie Posetti

    Global Director of Research, International Center for Journalists

  • Dr Sandie Okoro

    Senior Vice President and General Counsel, World Bank Group

  • Eileen Donahoe

    Executive Director, Global Digital Policy Incubator, Stanford University

  • Giulia Corinaldi

    Director of Inclusive Economies, Thomson Reuters Foundation

  • Henriette Kolb

    Head, Gender and Economic Inclusion Group, International Finance Corporation

  • Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

    Environmental Activist

  • Jacquelyn MacLennan

    Partner, White & Case

  • Jon Miller

    Partner, Brunswick Group

  • Jorge Rubio Nava

    Managing Director, Citi

  • Katica Roy

    CEO and Founder, Pipeline

  • Laurie Goering

    Head of Climate Programme, Thomson Reuters Foundation

  • Lina Attalah

    Journalist, Mada Masr

  • Ma Jun

    Founding Director, Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE)

  • Mark Surman

    Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation

  • Nina Goswami

    Creative Diversity Lead and Journalist, BBC

  • Patricia Georgiou

    Head of Partnerships and Business Development, Jigsaw

  • Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs

    Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University

  • Rasmus Nielsen

    Director, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

  • Shamina Singh

    Executive Vice President, Sustainability, Mastercard

  • Sharan Burrow

    General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation

  • Sheetal Vyas

    Founding Executive Director, International Fund for Public Interest Media

  • Vivian Schiller

    Executive Director, Aspen Digital

  • Yusuf George

    Managing Director of Corporate Engagement, JUST Capital

  • Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE

    Mayor of Freetown

  • Zanji Sinkala

    Investigative Journalist

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