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:

  • understand global trends, their risks and opportunities
  • identify and engage with key stakeholders
  • develop optimal response strategy options

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

Note: Regular visitors to this site will have noted that this is a very much reduced version of Paul's previous site, which provided detailed information of his activities, publications and media coverage during the period 2004-2016. This site is under revision and construction and will be brought on line again as soon as possible.


Letter to Financial Times on the need for a European project to protect against climate-related energy and water stress

Keynote speaker and co-moderator, Chemiewende Start-Ups Event, Free University, Berlin, 12-13 September

Interview with Maria Krautzberger, President, German Federal Environment Agency, ISC3 Newsletter, June 29

Lead moderator, Congress "Mainstreaming Sustainable Chemistry – Launch for ISC3 and ISCnet for Global Cooperation", Berlin 17-18 May

Co-moderator (with Anya Sitaram), KWS International Stakeholder Dialogue on Sustainable Agriculture and Genome Editing, Zurich, 8-9 February

Article 'The Pressing Need for Global Chemicals Governance', published in Innovation Forum as a contribution to the SAICM 1st Intersessional Process on a post 2020 framework for the sound management of chemicals and waste, 6 February 2017

Client meetings on SAICM (with adelphi group), Berlin 22-23 January

Client meetings, Hannover, 12-13 January


“Business, and markets in particular, need to understand that the Paris agreement is not just another aspirational, but essentially meaningless, global road map. The agreement, between nearly 200 countries (almost all of whom underlined in their speeches the very real dangers of continued warming to the future of their societies, landscapes and economies) amounts — in security terms — to a global ‘code red’. It needs to be understood and acted on as such. No other threat on the radar stands to affect so many, so much, and for so long.”

Letter, Financial Times, 16 December 2015

“Chemicals will be essential to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the majority of its sustainable development goals. The SDGs, however, will not be reached unless we have both a new and improved framework for the sound management of chemicals and waste and parallel work to mainstream sustainable chemistry. In this latter respect, the German initiative for an International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3) is a promising development.”

Extract from 'The pressing need for global chemicals governance', Innovation Forum, 7 February 2017

“The hard realities of climate change are showing again across Europe, with the historic drought in Italy ... being only the latest example. What seems increasingly clear is that Europe ... needs to invest massively in climate abatement and adaptation infrastructure. ... a grand European project to become collectively more resilient to energy and water stress could be just what is needed now to give Europe the new and positive shared narrative so urgently needed. Not to mention the jobs, economic growth and technological innovation involved.”

Letter, Financial Times, 2 August 2017


Photo: Kien Seebregts