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
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“All the evidence ... suggests that we have long since reached the limits of what voluntary action alone can achieve. The limited business-wide uptake and impact of most voluntary standards speaks for itself.

We will not have a business case for sustainability unless and until it is hardwired into the regulatory landscape. With a natural world reshaping itself faster than we can respond, the need for a better regulatory enabling environment becomes ever more urgent. ”

Smart rules will spur business action, Paul Hohnen, Ethical Corporation, 6 March 2014

The Year in Pictures


Chair, Global Initiative on Sustainable Ratings, London, 11 June

MC and Moderator, Vinyl Sustainability Forum, Rome, 8-9 May

Chair, Chatham House expert meeting on energy, London, 30 April

Invited expert, UNCTAD consultations on sustainable finance, Geneva, 3-4 April

Moderator, Deutsche Telekom Stakeholder Dialogue Day, Bonn, 26 March

Client meetings, Paris, 13 March

Ethical Corporation article, Smart rules will spur business action, 6 March

Re-appointed as Senior Consultant on Green Industry, UNIDO

Client meetings and training, Rome, 10-14 February

Consulting advice, Hager Group, Obernai, France, 27-28 January

Highlights of 2013



Photo: Kien Seebregts