Paul Hohnen Sustainability Strategies


“... we can be fairly safe in betting that when ecosystem failures and atmospheric changes collide with societal practices and market economics, the latter will lose. This is in no one's interest.”

Ethical Corporation leader, 26 August 2010


 
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About Paul Hohnen

Paul Hohnen has worked intensively since 1975 on a range of global economic, development and environmental issues as a diplomat, international civil servant, Director of Greenpeace International, and Strategic Director of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). An independent consultant since 2004, his clients have included government ministries, intergovernmental agencies, business and non-profit organisations.

Trained as an international lawyer, Hohnen worked from 1975 to 1989 as an Australian diplomat at the OECD in Paris, to the EU institutions in Brussels, and in Fiji and Sri Lanka. He was closely involved in the 1992, 2002 and 2012 Earth Summit processes, and has participated in the negotiation of a wide range environmental conventions, including on climate change. He has also been involved in the development and promotion of the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the ISO 26000 Social responsibility guidance. An active promoter of Green Industry and Sustainable Finance, he has been a Senior Adviser to both UNIDO and UNEP.

Hohnen conducts executive level workshops on embedding sustainability in business strategies and is an expert on materiality and sustainability reporting. Frequently invited to act as a conference facilitator, Hohnen has been a keynote speaker at a variety of high-level global business, government and NGO forums. His work has been featured in mainstream and speciality press and he was a regular contributor to Ethical Corporation magazine and Guardian Sustainable Business over the last decade.

Hohnen has been an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House) in London since 2005.

Photo: Kien Seebregts 2014