2020 will forever be branded in our minds and hearts as the year of the Covid-19 pandemic. As the severity of the virus became evident, lives everywhere were impacted.
Our business, like so many others, took a hard, deep look at our operations and priorities to reevaluate long-held assumptions and devise new methods to deliver services safely to our clients while protecting the health of our workforce. One year later, I am grateful to our staff, who worked tirelessly to support the transitions needed. The company has thrived and grown, enabling us to further the mission of supporting innovations in the public and private sectors that promote respect for workers and communities, and steadfast protection for the environment.
During this past year, the world slipped into a new moment, at least temporarily – one in which we saw skies clear as traffic ground to a halt, rivers rebound with new life, and the frenetic pace of life slow just a bit. We also saw with stark clarity how segments of our populace are underappreciated, underserved, and made vulnerable. These observations gave us all pause, a chance to wonder what we could take away from the experience that might lead to greater equity and inclusion, and catapult the global economy toward the lofty ambitions of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement.
It is not often that the entire world gets to share such an experience. When such a window opens up, it can lead to true transformation. But not easily. As we all continue to dig our way out of the havoc wreaked by the pandemic, this is the time for renewed commitment. We are one people, one planet.