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
“... climate change is now central to the future viability of nation states and the economic and political systems that support them. Rather than being fringe, the issues of climate stability and the health of global ecosystems are increasingly defining the contours of national policy and geo-strategic relationships. They are, and will continue to be, domestic and foreign policy issues of the first order.
Indeed, there are now many in the business and academic communities who see the issues of resource scarcity and increasing climate variability as the drivers of a new resource-efficient business model, and the ultimate test of the ability of capitalism to keep delivering the goods.”
Paul Hohnen, Financial Times Letter,
"Kerry is up to the climate challenge", 12 May
The Year in Pictures
Panel Moderator, High Level Conference on Challenges for Sustainable Development and International Cooperation: Middle Income Countries, San Jose, Costa Rica, 12-14 June
Chair, Vienna Energy Forum session 'Energy and Green Growth', Vienna 29 May
Moderator, Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR) Master Class, Amsterdam 24 May
Guardian blog post, The future of sustainability reporting: how can we make it better?, 20 May
Financial Times Letter, "Kerry is up to the climate challenge", 12 May
Moderator, Annual UN System Private Sector Focal Points Meeting, 24-25 April
Ethical Corporation article: Thatcher's inadvertent corporate responsibility legacy, 18 April
Guardian blog on UNCTAD CSR Retreat
Facilitator, Paris Forum High Level Conference Round Table 'Green Industry for a Sustainable Economy', Paris, 4 April
Moderator, 1st meeting of the UNIDO/UNEP Green Industry Platform Advisory Board, Paris, 3 April
Moderator, 1st Green Industry Platform Technical Expert Committee, Vienna, 25 March
Co-facilitator, Wings for Water and World Water Day, The Hague, 21-22 March
Lead faculty member, UNCTAD CSR Executive Retreat, Geneva, 12-14 March
Chair, ACCSR Annual Conference on CSR and Leadership, Melbourne, 13 February
Chair, Energy and Investment expert meeting, Chatham House, London, 5 February
Corporate Sustainability Strategizing Session leader, Rome, 17-18 January
Highlights of 2012