How to speed up recovery

"We do not know what the crises we will experience in the future will be like, nor what challenges we will face tomorrow, but we do know the risks that threaten our environment and our organizations today.

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03 October 2022 Monday 07:48
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How to speed up recovery

"We do not know what the crises we will experience in the future will be like, nor what challenges we will face tomorrow, but we do know the risks that threaten our environment and our organizations today." This is how Beatriz Corredor, president of Redeia, expresses herself about the situation of uncertainty in which we have been installed for some time and the need to find a way out.

There are many unknowns but there are certainties about the problems that companies face today. In his diagnosis, Corredor points out that "global warming and environmental degradation are a serious threat to life and the economy." In the same way, the directive emphasizes that "growing social inequalities are a factor of instability".

The need to define a more stable future and speed up the path towards the long-awaited recovery are the axes of the Sustainability Conference organized by Redeia from October 18 to 20. The Fundación Giner de los Ríos Auditorium in Madrid will host this forum open to the public with prior registration. Three days of presentations, interviews, dialogues and round tables with the participation of leaders from science, politics and business. An event that readers of La Vanguardia will be able to follow in streaming in its digital edition.

To the climatic emergency and the increase in social inequalities, the consequences of the pandemic or the war in Ukraine have been added, which adds a plus of difficulty. The president of Redeia considers that "in the face of these challenges, companies need to implement ambitious measures that integrate sustainability into our business models, involving our value chains, promoting good corporate governance and exercising responsible leadership." In line with this reflection, the Sustainability Conference will focus on the role of the application of the so-called ESG criteria –linked to environmental, social and corporate governance factors– and the role to be played in accelerating recovery. In Corredor's opinion, "the key to facing current risks is to see them as opportunities and embark on the path towards an authentic competitive social transformation". For the president of Redeia, it is the only approach that will make "a sustainable, fair and inclusive recovery" possible.

The first day of the 2022 Sustainability Conference will analyze the factors related to the environment. Teresa Ribera, Third Vice President of the Government and Minister of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, will be the opening speaker.

Stephan Singer, General Director of International Policies of the Climate Action Network, an organization that fights climate change, will explain how the recovery plans that emerged after the pandemic led to the belief that an opportunity was opening up to change the macroeconomic management model. The day will conclude with two round tables with the participation, among others, of leading experts from the CSIC.

The contents scheduled for the afternoon of the 19th will revolve around the human factor from a social and economic perspective. The idea of ​​an inclusive recovery requires greater social cohesion and a commitment to always place people at the center of all decisions. The first of the afternoon sessions will feature Ángeles González-Sinde, screenwriter and film director, and president of the Royal Board of Trustees of the Reina Sofía National Art Center Museum, who will talk with La Vanguardia journalist Joana Bonet about the necessary recovery of confidence to be able to move forward.

Among other contents, this second day will address the importance of education in the process of change through the dialogue between Pilar Alegría, Minister of Education and Vocational Training, and Beatriz Corredor. The second day will close with a conversation between Antón Costas, president of the Economic and Social Council of Spain, and Cristina Garmendia, president of the Cotec Foundation. Jordi Juan, director of La Vanguardia, will lead this session.

On the 20th, aspects related to governance and the positive impact that the reduction of social and environmental risks would have on the advancement of ESG objectives will be addressed. In the first session, Enric Juliana, deputy director of La Vanguardia, will talk with Adela Cortina, professor of ethics and philosophy, about ethical aspects involved in the evolution towards a more sustainable society. Throughout the last afternoon, the following will participate in the different sessions: Roberto García, CEO of Redeia; Rosa García, president of Exolum; Arturo Gonzalo, CEO of Enagás; Belén Garijo, CEO of Merck; Heather Grabbe, director of the Open Society European Policy Institute in Brussels; Pablo Hernández de Cos, Governor of the Bank of Spain; Belén Gualda, president of SEPI; Xiana Méndez, Secretary of State for Commerce; Ditte Juul-Jorgensen, General Director of Energy of the European Commission, and Beatriz Corredor, who with her intervention will put an end to these Sustainability Conferences.

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