ENGIE participates in the UN “Sustainable Energy for All” initiative

Under the aegis of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the UN launched a “Sustainable Energy for All” initiative. It will strive to achieve three major goals by 2030: promote universal access to modern energy services, improve global energy efficiency by 40% and increase global renewable energy use by 30%.

ENGIE took part in the working group focused on the role of businesses in the achievement of sustainable energy for all. The working group’s conclusions were presented at the RIO+20 summit celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Earth Summit. Based on a survey and interviews carried out in 70 companies, the UN Global Compact and Accenture analyzed the actions conducted in pursuit of sustainable energy across 19 sectors. A series of 19 reports entitled “Sustainable energy for all: the business opportunity” was published on November 8, 2012.

These reports highlight how businesses can create value by supporting the “Sustainable Energy for All” initiative. The study contains recommendations of priority actions for industry to achieve these goals. The actions of ENGIE have contributed to the energy reports on: “Oil and Gas”, “Renewable Energy” and “Utilities”.




ENGIE takes part in World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

The WBSCD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development) brings together 200 international companies committed to sustainable development. WBCSD members get together to carry out studies, based on the principle that sustainable development and the industrial world can only progress together.

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This work is based on three pillars: economic growth, ecological balance and social progress.

The members stem from numerous countries and 20 major industry sectors. Moreover, the WBCSD has a global network of 60 national and local partners involving over 1,000 CEOs.

Examples of ENGIE’s best practices presented to the WBCSD:

In 2011, ENGIE chaired the “Energy for all” working group alongside Schneider Electric and ERM. A publication was created and presented in Abu Dhabi for the official launch of the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.



ENGIE takes part in CSR EUROPE network

CSR Europe is a business network focused on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) issues in Europe. It comprises over 60 multinational companies and a European network of partner organizations (National Partner Organizations – NPOs) tasked with promoting CSR at a national level.

ENGIE chairs the collaborative project on “new business models for the base of the pyramid (BoP)” alongside several organizations, within the framework of the European program ENTERPRISE 2020.

CSR Europe was founded in 1995 by the former President of the European Commission Jacques Delors and leading European companies. Its purpose is to help companies integrate CSR in their day-to-day business management. CSR Europe is based in Brussels.


ENGIE is partner to the Business and Sustainability Chair at the prestigious HEC business school

The goal of the HEC Paris – ENGIE “Business and Sustainability” Chair is to promote better understanding of the links between business performance and sustainable development. It is based on three main courses of action: the development of business models based on sustainable development; the organizational implications of switching from volume-oriented strategies to value-oriented ones; support for social entrepreneurship initiatives and their replication.

The purpose of the “Business and Sustainability” Chair is to increase knowledge of innovative, high-performance business models and provide students at HEC Paris with better training in these areas. It enables ENGIE to underline its commitment and leadership in the field of sustainable development and may facilitate contacts between students and the Group.

The Chair is placed under the responsibility of Rodolphe Durand, lecturer at HEC Paris, coordinator of the Strategy and Corporate Policy Department and in charge of corporate strategy majors within MBA and doctorate programs. He is the author of numerous academic articles and several books. His published research, for which he has won several awards, focuses on the strategic, social and institutional factors determining a company’s competitive advantage.

This partnership was signed by ENGIE Chairman and CEO Gérard Mestrallet, HEC Paris Director-General Bernard Ramanantsoa, and HEC Foundation Chairman Daniel Bernard for a period of five years.



ENGIE contributes to Convergences 2015   

Convergences: a reflection platform to promote the Millennium Objectives for Development

Convergences 2015 is the first platform for thought in Europe aimed at building new convergences between public, private and solidarity-oriented players. This backbone network created in 2008 brings together more than 200 partners to reflect on the challenges of cross-sector partnerships, international cooperation, microfinance, social entrepreneurship and sustainable development. Its objectives: to promote the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and combat poverty and privation in developed and developing countries.

The 6th edition of the Convergences 2015 World Forum due to take place on September 17 to 19, 2013 at the Palais Brongniart and the Hôtel de Ville in Paris is a “must” for all professionals who want to join in and conceive innovative solutions to reduce poverty in developed and developing countries. Through participative and interactive forums, over 8,000 international experts, political leaders, businesses, civil society players, NGOs, intellectuals, artists and journalists will get together to learn, exchange, and take part in the building of new solutions to tackle today’s social and environmental challenges.



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