Spanish Business Council for Sustainable Development presents “Vision 2050” to inspire and accelerate business action on ESG challenges

Madrid, February 24, 2022: The Spanish Business Council for Sustainable Development, a high-level body composed of 40 CEOs of large companies and led by Forética – the main business organization for sustainability in Spain, representing the country in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), presents the roadmap ‘Vision 2050. The moment of transformation’ with the aim of inspiring and accelerating the concrete response of Spanish companies to the major environmental, social and governance (ESG) challenges we face.

The Spanish Business Council for Sustainable Development held its second executive meeting, under the honorary presidency of HM King Felipe VIcomposed of the highest representatives of 40 major companies: Accenture, Adif, Airbus, Amazon, AstraZeneca, Banco Santander, Bankinter, BMW Group, CaixaBank, Grupo Cooperativo Cajamar, CEMEX, Chiesi, Enagás, Endesa, ENGIE, Ferrovial, Gestamp, GSK, HEINEKEN, Iberdrola, IBM, IKEA, ILUNION, KPMG, ISS Spain, L’Oréal, Mahou San Miguel, ManpowerGroup, McKinsey & Company, Microsoft, MSD, Mutualidad de la Abogacía, Naturgy, Grupo OHLA, P&G, Quirónsalud, Sanitas, SAP , Solvay and Suntory Beverage & Food Spain.

As part of this meeting, the Board presented the roadmap ‘Vision 2050. The moment of transformation’, offering practical insight through the inclusion of a ‘CEO Toolkit’, and placing the global vision presented by WBCSD in the practical commercial context in Spain. This roadmap aims to guide companies in the development of actions to pilot systemic transformations needed to realize the shared vision of a world in which more than 9 billion people can live in dignity, within planetary boundaries.

According to Raúl Grijalba, President of Forética and ManpowerGroup Spain, Portugal, Greece and Israel“Our businesses are facing a key milestone in the so-called ‘Decade of Action’ in response to unprecedented challenges, including the climate emergency, biodiversity loss and growing inequality. It is in this context that the Spanish Business Council for Sustainable Development plays its role in express a message of sustainable corporate leadership, as a beacon to help and guide other companies, as well as the country’s own public institutions, on the path to future sustainability, with roadmaps such as the “Vision 2050” that we are presenting today. A forum to share trends, challenges and solutions; a place where we welcome listening and partnering with governments, businesses and society as a whole, with the aim of acting faster, together, to drive these critical transformations by 2050”.

For its part, Germán Granda, General Manager of Foréticaadds: “The ‘Vision 2050’ presented by the Council is a strategic but ambitious guide that offers leaders in government, business and civil society a comprehensive overview and a common understanding of how and where to direct their actions. in order to contribute to sustainable reconstruction. nine priority systems for transformation: Energy, Transport & Mobility, Living spaces, Products & Materials, Financial Products & Services, Connectivity, Health & Well-being, Water & Sanitation and Food. The partnership created with the Council also enables the adoption of ambitious sustainable development goals as an opportunity to generate jobs, well-being and a concrete contribution to society and the planet”.

The second executive meeting of the Board was opened by Teresa Ribera, Third Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Ecological Transition and the Spanish Demographic Challengein the context of Forética’s collaboration with the Prime Minister’s Office in the structuring of ‘Spain 2050’, a long-term national vision that takes into account many of the challenges and commitments of ‘Vision 2050’.

The event was also attended by Chairman of the WBCSD Executive Committee Chairman and CEO of Solvay, Ilham Kadri, who provided the global perspective on “Vision 2050”. As this roadmap emphasizes, systemic transformations will only be successfully achieved by three critical changes in the spirit of strategic enterprise: the reinvention of capitalism, through the creation of long-term, inclusive and sustainable value, the construction of long-term resilience that allows companies to adapt to the disruptions to come, and a regenerative approach that helps restore and nurturing the social and environmental systems on which businesses depend.

Strengthen corporate leadership in the field of sustainable development

The Spanish Business Council for Sustainable Development is the high-level business forum where the highest business representatives generate a common strategic response to raise the bar and support action in response to ESG issues.

Specifically, the Spanish Business Council for Sustainable Development is made up of the highest representatives of the 40 sponsor companies of Forética:

  • Raúl Grijalba, president of Forética and ManpowerGroup Spain, Portugal, Greece and Israel
  • Domingo Miron, President of Accenture in Spain, Portugal and Israel
  • María Luisa Domínguez, President of Adif and Adif AV
  • Alberto Gutiérrez, President of Airbus Spain
  • Mariangela Marseglia, Vice President and General Manager of Amazon Italy and Spain
  • Rick R. Suarez, President of Astra Zeneca Spain
  • Luis Isasi Fernández de Bobadilla, President of Santander Bank Spain
  • Pedro Guerrero, President of Bankinter
  • Manuel Terroba, Executive Chairman of BMW Group Spain & Portugal
  • José Ignacio Goirigolzarri, President of CaixaBank
  • Eduardo Baamonde, President of Cajamar Caja Rural
  • Sergio Menendez, President of CEMEX Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa
  • Giuseppe Chiericatti, Managing Director of chiesi Spain
  • Antonio Llardén, Executive Chairman of Enagas
  • José D. Bogas Gálvez, CEO of Endesa
  • Loreto Ordóñez, CEO of ENGIE Spain
  • Ignacio Madridejos, CEO of Railway
  • Francisco José Riberas Mera, Executive Chairman of Gestamp
  • Cristina Henriquez de Luna, President and CEO of GSK Spain
  • Étienne Strijp, Executive Chairman of HEINEKEN Spain
  • Ángeles Santamaría, CEO of Iberdrola Spain
  • Horacio Morell Galvez, President of IBM Spain, Portugal, Greece and Israel
  • Nurettin Acar, CEO and CSO of Ikea
  • Alejandro Oñoro, CEO of ILUNION
  • Juan Jose Cano, President of KPMG Spain
  • Javier Urbiola, Executive Chairman of ISS Spain
  • Juan Alonso de Lomas, President of L’Oreal Spain
  • Eduardo Petrossi, CEO of Mahou San Miguel
  • Alejandro Beltran, President of McKinsey & Company Iberia
  • Alberto Granados, President of Microsoft Spain
  • Ana Argelich Hesse, President and CEO of TMS Spain
  • Enrique Sanz Fernández-Lomana, President of Mutualidad de la Abogacia
  • Francisco Reynés, Chairman and CEO of Naturgy
  • José Antonio Fernández Gallar, CEO of OHLA Group
  • Vanessa Prats, vice president and general manager of P&G Spain and Portugal
  • Héctor Ciria, CEO of Quironsalud
  • Iñaki Peralta, CEO of Sanitas and Bupa Europe and Latin America
  • João Paulo da Silva, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Southern EMEA and Francophone Africa of SAP
  • Jorge Oliveira, General Manager of Solvay for Spain and Portugal
  • Sara de Pablos, CEO of Suntory Beverages and Foods Spain.

the Secretariat of the Spanish Business Council for Sustainable Development is headed by Germán Granda, General Manager of Forética, the organization that runs this Council.

You can download the document ‘Vision 2050. The moment of transformation’ here