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

“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

The Year in Pictures


Moderator, Congress "Mainstreaming Sustainable Chemistry – Launch for ISC3 and ISCnet for Global Cooperation", Berlin

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



Photo: Kien Seebregts