Paul Hohnen

Sustainability Strategies

“Paul Hohnen occupies a special place in the sustainable development debate. His contributions reflect a distinguished history of service to government, multilaterals, civil society, and business in support of a just and humane future”.

Dr Allen White, Director, Tellus Institute, Co-founder of the Global Reporting Initiative

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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

“At the level of international agenda-setting for the rest of the century, 2015 is shaping up to be a big year. Possibly the defining one. That is why this month's UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) World Investment Forum was so important, because it addressed the fundamental questions "what would it cost to become sustainable?", "do we have the money?" and "how can we mobilise it?" ... the bad news is that we're still heading, rapidly, in the wrong direction. The good news is that there are more finance and investment experts than ever willing to help in crafting a turn-around.”

"$2.5tn shortfall for sustainable development in developing countries", Paul Hohnen, Guardian Sustainable Business, 27 October

The Year in Pictures


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

Letter in the Financial Times on event facilitation, October 8.

Moderator, Green Industry Platform Advisory Board meeting, New York, 22 September

Keynote speaker on Sustainability and Stakeholders, private sector workshop, Rotterdam, 16 September

Guardian Sustainable Business article about food safety, 22 July

Moderator, UNIDO/UNEP Green Industry Platform Technical Expert Committee, Vienna, 25-27 June

Highlights of 2013



Photo: Kien Seebregts