Spain: 33 Spanish CEO and Presidents have endorsed the call to action ‘New Deal for Europe’

Forética has announced the list of 33 Spanish CEO and Presidents than have endorsed the call to action for a ‘New Deal for Europe’, in terms of sustainability. This manifest has been launched by CSR Europe in collaboration with its national partners such as Forética in Spain. It is the biggest group of high executives movilised in Europe with the aim of developing a call to action to support the implementation, in collaboration with the new European leaders, of a combined strategy for a Sustainable Europe in 2030.

 

More than 270 European executives have already added to this initiative, 33 of them Spanish: Isabel Pardo de Vera Posada (ADIF), Luis Rodríguez (Banco de Crédito Social Cooperativo), Pedro Guerrero (Bankinter), Ricardo Doehner (Campofrio Food Group), Juan Manuel González Serna (Cerealto Siro Foods), Jesus María Herrera Barandiarán (Cie Automotive), Óscar Martín (Ecoembes), José Manuel Núñez-Lagos (Ecovidrio), Antonio Llardén Carratalá (Enagás), Francisco José Riberas Mera (Gestamp Automoción), Marta González-Moro (21 Gramos), Roberto García Merino (Grupo Red Eléctrica), Guillaume Duverdier (HEINEKEN), Víctor Iglesias Ruiz (Ibercaja Banco), Ignacio S. Galán (Iberdrola), Petra Axdorff (IKEA Ibérica), Alejandro Oñoro (ILUNION, Grupo Social ONCE), Raúl Grijalba (ManpowerGroup Spain), Gabriel Escarrer Jaume (Meliá Hotels International), Jacques Reber (Nestlé Spain), José Antonio Fernández Gallar (OHL), Ignacio Mariscal (Reale Seguros), Iñaki Ereño Iribarren (Sanitas), Senén Ferreiro Páramo (Valora, Sostenibilidad e Innovación), José Ignacio Morales Plaza (Vía Célere) and Vicente Cancio (Zurich Spain), all of them Forética´s associates. The Spanish list is completed by: Manuel Campo Castillo (Axel Springer España), Carlos Torres Vila (BBVA), Miguel Maia (Groupe GM-Península Ibérica), Jesús Casas Grande (Grupo Tragsa), Maite Saenz (ORH Grupo Editorial), Mayte Martínez Bueno (Talengo) and Raimon Cortada (Vitae Health Innovation).

In addition, within this list we can find top representatives from parent firms members of Forética such as Ugo di Francesco (Chiesi), Francesco Starace (Enel), Kris Sterkens (Janssen), Hubert de Ruty (Sanofi) and Ilham Kadri (Solvay).

 

The aim of the group added to this manifest, presented by Forética the last 11th of October in Madrid´s European Commission headquarters, it´s to support the implementation of a global strategy for a sustainable Europe which integrates the Sustainable Development Goals, with the direct collaboration of Ursula von der Leyen, new European Commission President, Charles Michel, new European Council President, and David Maria Sassoli, new European Parliament President.

In words of Montse Moliner, chair of Forética´s board directors, ‘From Forética, we boost this initiative from the conviction that it wouldn´t be posible to get the objectives of the 2030 Agenda done without the collaboration of the companies and their capacity of innovate, generate Jobs, create value and operate from a responsible leadership”.

The encounter celebrated the past 11th of October it´s fitted in the CSR Europe anual partners meeting which took place the 10th and 11th of October in Madrid with Forética´s hosting. Representatives from the 30 European nets which gather more than 10.000 European companies assisted to various work meetings with the aim of aligne tha action axis and maximized the impact.

 

Next steps from the ‘New Deal for Europe’

Giving the good reception within the top European Companies representatives, CSR Europe has expand the term to add to the initiative till 30th of November. CSR Europe wants to present to the new European Union leaders the call to action and the final signatories list next 5th of December. As Jan Norterdaeme, Senior Advisor for Strategy, EU and Stakeholders Relations in CSR Europe, has highlighted: ‘The New Deal for Europe is a unique opportunity to establish the public-private collaboration to support the alignement of the enterprises´ strategy for the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’.

 

Noterdaeme has updated the context, the more remarkable trends and perspectives in the sustainable area in the UE and its influence for the business sector. He has highlighted that the new political agenda of the Commission, headed by Ursula von der Leyen, has as central axis to respond to climate, technological and demographies changes, to position Europe as a global leader in terms of Sustainability.

 

This bet for Sustainability is following the line of the efforts made by the Juncker Commission (2014-2019) which has presented the document “Toward a Sustainable Europe by 2030” early this year, made with the participation of the Multistakholder ODS platform, in which Forética is a contributor through CSR Europe.

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