The Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summit, one of the world's most prominent sustainability events, took place in New York this week. BNP Paribas was there as Summit Advisor sponsor, with two speakers at the event.
BNP Paribas was a first-time sponsor of the 4th annual Summit with two speakers at the event.
Alexandre Billot, Quantitative Strategies and Solutions Sales, BNP Paribas participated in the "Investing in Equality and Human Capital" panel that discussed how companies and investors measure and value social impact and what their leaders can do to better manage their social risks and integrate social impact into their core business strategies. He was able to share his direct experience from having been involved in a recent innovative Social Impact Bond for Connecticut coordinated by BNP Paribas, a bond that married capital markets innovation with social objectives while addressing the importance of people and communities in driving value.
Hervé Duteil, one of 10 global sustainable finance leaders featured in Euromoney and BNP Paribas Chief Sustainability Officer for Americas, has further spoken to the audience about the efforts that corporate leaders are making to integrate sustainability in their companies' DNA. Hervé is the founder of the BNP Paribas' "CSR Business School", a month-long course that he ran for the employees. He talked about the alignment to the SDGs and the high-level decisions to integrate the goals into corporate and commercial decision making.
For the fourth consecutive year the Summit brought together C-suite executives, influential investors and thought leaders to discuss how companies are using sustainability as a driver of business value.
This year's Summit addressed critical sustainability issues, including the management of social risks and the integration of social impact into corporates' core business strategies, as well as company climate disclosures and the inclusion of diversity as part of investment decisions.
The event included insightful panels featuring C-level executives from various industries, academic institutions and non-governmental organisations.
The Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summit was a great opportunity for business leaders across geographies to learn about new sustainable business solutions and to share enriching experiences. Ultimately the knowledge accumulated during the Summit will allow participants to contribute, within their companies and communities, to the sustainability transition.
The event coincided with the Paris edition of the Sustainable Future Forum, which took place on October 17 and the release of the 2nd Bloomberg Sustainable Business and Finance Survey that examines how investors and corporate executives are making decisions around how to build sustainable business value.