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

“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


Conference ‘Natural Capitalism: let's talk business’, The Hague, 23-25 November
(Paul has been engaged to coordinate with stakeholders on the drafting of a major conference message.)

Launch of Natural Capital Protocol, London, 13 July

Client meetings, Brussels, Berlin, June

Chair, High Level Side Event on Sustainable Chemistry, UN Environment Assembly, Nairobi, 23 May

Consultations with German environment authorities, Berlin, 18-19 May

Co-moderator (with Madeleine Laffont), Sustainability Forum, Vienna, 27-28 April

Co-moderator (with Cécile van Oppen), Congress on Circular Procurement, Amsterdam, 20-22 April

International Expert & Stakeholder Workshop on SDGs and Chemicals & Waste Management, Geneva, 12-14 April

Consultations with WBCSD and IUCN on Natural Capital, Geneva, 23-24 March

Chatham House Associate Fellows meeting, London, 16 March

Consultations with adelphi colleagues and Federal German Environment Ministry & Agency, Berlin, 15 January
(Paul has been engaged as a senior adelphi advisor for a long-term project for the German authorities on chemicals & waste management post 2020 at the global level)

Article in Innovation Forum: "COP21: all roads now leave from Paris", 17 December 2015

Letter on COP21, Financial Times, 16 December 2015



Photo: Kien Seebregts