“Corporate social responsibility is not just about managing, reducing and avoiding risk, it is about creating opportunities, generating improved performance, making money and leaving the risks far behind. »
-Sunil Misser, Head of Global Sustainability Practice at PwC
But, the question is what is Corporate Social Responsibility?
Interview by David Resillas Olguin & Gwenael Podesta – Authors : Heloise Pichot & Gwenael Podesta
In Bonn, the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) examined the dispositions related to the article 6 of the Agreement, that deals (among others) with carbon pricing.
Concurrently, a spontaneous movement, started in 2015, called Break Free, culminated with a 2 week-action in May 2016 gathering more than 30,000 people on all 6 continents, asking businesses and policymakers to “break free”¹ from all fossil fuels.
David Hone is Shell’s Chief Climate Change Advisor and also board member of the International Emission Trading Association (IETA). CliMates delegates had the opportunity to meet him to get his outlook ‘from the other side’.
On May 21st and 22nd 2015, the UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris hosted the Business and Climate Summit at the initiative of Global Compact France, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and Entreprises pour l’Environnement (EpE). More than one thousand people gather at this special event in the preparation of the December 2015 COP21 summit, including the French President of the Republic François Hollande, the OCDE Secretary General Angel Gurria, the Peru’s Minister of Environment Manuel Pulgar and the Marshall Islands’ Minister of Foreign Affairs Tony de Brum. CliMates’ President Delphine Blumereau and I had the tremendous chance to be invited to this meeting to represent CliMates.
During his opening tribune, President François Hollande strongly encouraged the industrial sectors to set targets in order to reduce gas emissions, to cut reliance on fossil fuels, to scale down the use of water and commodities in the production processes and to boost the share of renewable energies. He also called the companies for sharing their innovative solutions against climate change as part as the “Agenda of Solutions” and the NAZCA Platform. Regarding the issue of the carbon price on the European market (EU ETS), he urged voluntarism in the current negotiations, hoping for the establishment of a market stability reserve as early as 2019.
Concluding his speech, President François Hollande asserted: