Total named a 2017 UN Sustainable Development Goals pioneer
The UN Global Compact's (UNGC) core mission to encourage the private sector to take part in reaching the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations in September 2015. Each September, United Nations Week gives UNGC the opportunity to honor 10 business people for their commitment to the 2030 Agenda.
Ten new SDG "Pioneers" were named for the second Pioneers campaign. Among them was Patrick Pouyanné, selected for Total's commitment to developing partnerships and investing in low-carbon energies. Total's ambition, based on the International Energy Agency's 2°C scenario, is for low carbon energies to account for 20% of its portfolio in 2035.
"Fulfilling the [Sustainable Development Goals] will take an unprecedented effort by all sectors in society — and business has to play a very important role in the process," the Global Compact states.
This distinction recognizes the efforts of Total, which stands out from its peers with its low-carbon energy investments, and its decision to fully integrate climate issues into its strategy.
"Global challenges are in need of solutions that the private sector can deliver, representing a large and growing market for business innovation," the Global Compact maintains.
The 10 SDG Pioneers for 2017, including Patrick Pouyanné, were recognized during the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2017 on September 21 in New York.
“Each of the 2017 SDG Pioneers demonstrates that businesses, like individuals, are pioneers of positive change. Mr. Pouyanné's influence has been particularly strong in the area of renewable energy solutions and energy efficiency" - Lise Klingo, UNGC Executive Director