How organisations respond to the challenge of balancing humankind's economic, social and environmental interests - sustainable development - will be an increasingly large factor in determining their future success.
Most, however, do not have integrated sustainability management systems in place. Nor do they monitor their operating environment consistently, for related signs of crisis or for the new market opportunities that change may offer.
Effective responses are not bolt-on. They need to be embedded into organisational strategy. The development of appropriate policies requires a firm grasp of the complex links between markets, laws and ecosystems.
In confronting sustainable development, Paul Hohnen can help organisations:
Hohnen offers government, business and NGO clients three unique qualities:
- first-hand involvement in shaping international policies
- detailed knowledge of the key actors and institutions involved
- a track record of helping find innovative and effective solutions
Quote of the Month
“... Odds are that as climate events become more extreme and regular, governments will be forced to increase investments in local climate-resilient infrastructure. Moreover, depending on the scale and speed of change, economies everywhere could be scrambling to adapt to the rising costs of climate-related damage. ... the only alternative to going down an increasingly nationalistic and ineffective climate finance route is to ... put climate change back at the top of the international agenda as an existential strategic priority ... (and) ... massively expand investment-attractive policies that will generate the green power, green growth and green jobs desperately needed in all countries.”
Letter, Financial Times, 3 December 2014
The Year in Pictures
Article in Innovation Forum on sustainable development goals, 8 May
Article in Innovation Forum on CEO statements of support for carbon price, 30 April
Moderator, Sustainability Forum, Cannes, 30 April
Letter on climate change, Financial Times, 25 March
Client meetings, Berlin 18 February
Client meetings, Brussels, 6 February
Foodwatch General Assembly and strategy meetings, Berlin 16-17 January
Keynote speaker, Copernicus Institute Symposium session ‘Corporate Sustainability Governance and Management’, Utrecht, 13 January
Moderator, UNIDO Sustainable Chemistry and Chemical Leasing conference, Vienna, 10 December
Guest blog post 'Life cycle thinking and the next industrial revolution', December 3.
Letter in the Financial Times on climate talks in Lima, December 3.
Master of Ceremonies and Plenary Chair, Life Cycle Assessment Forum, Lille, 5-6 November
$2.5tn shortfall for sustainable development in developing countries, Article for Guardian Sustainable Business, 27 October
Keynote speaker, EQFM Conference, Brussels, 20 October
Chair, World Investment Forum Session on Leveraging Private Investment for Sustainable Development, Geneva, 16 October
Highlights of 2014