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

“... Odds are that as climate events become more extreme and regular, governments will be forced to increase investments in local climate-resilient infrastructure. Moreover, depending on the scale and speed of change, economies everywhere could be scrambling to adapt to the rising costs of climate-related damage. ... the only alternative to going down an increasingly nationalistic and ineffective climate finance route is to ... put climate change back at the top of the international agenda as an existential strategic priority ... (and) ... massively expand investment-attractive policies that will generate the green power, green growth and green jobs desperately needed in all countries.”

Letter, Financial Times, 3 December 2014

The Year in Pictures


Client meetings, Brussels, 26 June

Article in Innovation Forum: Climate action – but what comes first?, 25 June

Co-chair, expert meeting on international chemicals management, Brussels, 15 June

Article in Innovation Forum identifying five reasons why smart business wants (and needs) a good deal at COP 21. London, 11 June

Chair, expert meeting ‘Ratings 2020: Accelerating ESG Integration into Global Financial Markets’, Chatham House, London, 10 June.

Client meeting with German Environment Ministry & Agency, Berlin/Dessau, 3-4 June

Article in Innovation Forum on sustainable development goals, 8 May

Article in Innovation Forum on CEO statements of support for carbon price, 30 April

Moderator, Sustainability Forum, Cannes, 30 April

Letter on climate change, Financial Times, 25 March

Client meetings, Berlin 18 February

Client meetings, Brussels, 6 February

Foodwatch General Assembly and strategy meetings, Berlin 16-17 January

Keynote speaker, Copernicus Institute Symposium session ‘Corporate Sustainability Governance and Management’, Utrecht, 13 January

Moderator, UNIDO Sustainable Chemistry and Chemical Leasing conference, Vienna, 10 December

Highlights of 2014



Photo: Kien Seebregts