by Florencia Salvi Gerente de Sustentabilidad AmCham Argentina
The discussion of the governments around the agreement of Paris gave to world-wide scale to the importance on the climate change impelling viability him to the top of the podium. The covers in the most important newspapers of the world are asked if the public sector, deprived and the citizenship will change their habits to obtain the commitments assumed with respect to the reduction of the greenhouse effect emissions as well as if the changes arrive from habits of production and consumption, between many other great subjects that today occupy a space by outside the green agenda. Today, they are part of the policy and they are under the expectant glance of the global citizens.
The private sector understood the message and is working in the transition towards a viable economy and in a point it took the leadership, communicating to him, for example, the government of the EE.UU in a letter that signed 30 American companies, that beyond the decision of the President, will continue orienting his work to fulfill the propose goals.
On the other hand, organizations as the Ellen Macarthur Foundation, who arose 7 years ago to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy, work with global partners as Google, Nike, Unilever, Renault, H&M, Danone and Intesa Sanpaolo. A circular example of economy is the one of IKEA, the Swedish signature that was put as goal that 50% of the materials that uses in its products comes from recycling in 2017.
From the financial sector and post 2008 crisis, they appeared the investments of impact or Impact Investment, that are investment funds dedicated exclusively to start-UPS which not only they set out to generate economic gains but they measure its social and environmental results. According to data of the Global Impact Investment Network, this market represents US$ 114 million assets under administration of which Latin America represents a 9% of the total. In the world they arose and bottoms as Bridges were developed successfully, ClearlySo, Acrux or Start Green. In Argentina it is a new subject. And one finishes presenting the Work group on Investment of Impact, arisen with the intention of contributing to consolidate the ecosystem of local investment.
On the other hand, System B Argentina was key to give support to companies of triple impact. Cases as Guayaki, Tonka and others, allow us to demonstrate that it is possible on a par to be generated economic gains as of social and environmental value.
Many social actors exist who work so that all this is a reality. Cameras as the AmCham that crossed the evolution of this thematic one, contributing with the construction of agenda, looking for the new borders, through diverse strategies as the Prize Citizenship Businessman, who in 2008 introduced the category Management Businessman oriented to Viability recognizing for the first time in Argentina the companies that include viability in their corporative strategy. And now in 2017, proposing to us to distinguish the social, environmental thematic initiatives and of corporative government who is aligned with the Objectives of Sustainable development of United Nations. On the other hand, the ambitious horizon of a new category: Companies of the New Paradigm for which they are disruptive in the form to generate businesses.
Source: The Chronicler