Group of 200 CEOs in Europe are joining forces to influence the newly elected EU leaders to work together to drive Sustainable Europe by 2030, as part of businesses endorsement of CSR Europe’s Call to Action for A New Deal for Europe: a Europe with a shared sustainable vision for its future.
The CEOs will be knocking on the doors of Ursula von der Leyen, Charles Michel, and David Maria Sassoli, newly elected Presidents of the European Commission, Council of the European Union, and European Parliament, to implement together an overarching strategy for a Sustainable Europe by 2030.
Businesses are acknowledging that only by joining forces it will be possible to innovate business models and accelerate the transformation necessary to tackle the current climate crisis in an inclusive way. They are ready to work together with the EU Leaders and civil society for a future Europe that has sustainability, climate action and inclusiveness at its core.
“We are calling for closer collaboration between politics, civil society and business to urgently act together and tackle global warming, accelerate inclusive growth, and sustainable prosperity with the SDG’s as our compass” said Ilham Kadri, CEO of Solvay at the 2019 Brussels SDG Summit.
The EU has announced recent strategy and initiatives to drive towards sustainability, with the newly elected President von der Leyen expressing her desire to make Europe a place that leaves no one behind and that will be the first climate-neutral continent in the world by 2050.
As part of the Call to Action businesses are calling on policymakers and civil society organisations to join forces to:
- Create innovative business models and accelerate transformation to drive global and local competitiveness by tackling climate change and enhancing social inclusion through an overarching Sustainable Europe 2030 Strategy.
- Engage in a critical but trust-building dialogue at local, national and international level, to tackle the challenges and unlock the opportunities.
- Create collaborative platforms and finance models for more innovation towards the implementation of a more sustainable and circular economic model.
- Transition towards sustainable production and consumption patterns by engaging the entire value chain – balancing economy, ecology and societal needs in order to maximize value creation to society.
- Stimulate and promote strong education at all stages in life to foster lifelong employability and social cohesion, building up prosperous communities.
Increase societal participation and civic engagement, also connecting and leveraging the younger generations’ sense of urgency and innovation to a wider sustainability movement.
- Spearhead shared standards, policy coherence and meaningful transparency to obtain a sustainable level playing field.