Let’s start the year 2023 with optimism; because 2022 has finally delivered some good surprises, and we should appreciate the glass half full instead of criticizing it half empty. Finally:
This environmental progress is far from being achieved in a context of multiple crises (energy, food, inflation and debt), and because the war in Ukraine in particular is shaking multilateralism.
We have been following these agendas for more than twenty years. We have already seen years of inaction on climate change, biodiversity targets and zero deforestation. But the consciousness is there. The context is favorable. States, companies and investors have no other path than that of transformation and adaptation to this new environmental situation, carried out with care for a just transition and respect for human rights, to achieve both change and regulatory compliance. Down this road, announcements that are not followed by credible action will obviously be insufficient, if not disabling.
In 2023, scaling up transformations will only be possible by working deeply on the food, energy and urban systems, all three of which have the specificity of concentrating most of the challenges of biodiversity erosion and climate disruption, while being crucial human spaces, where problems of poverty and inequality make issues of respect for human rights particularly sensitive.
In response, Ksapa is and will remain the strategic partner of its customers and partners around the world with three suggestions to face 2023 with optimism:
1. Make the business case clear again and again
The environmental, social and ethical issues at the heart of Ksapa’s agenda are too important to be used in any way. It is not because of value, principle or opinion that these reflections should be anchored at the core of every economic project, but because these themes intrinsically fuel the performance of these economic projects.
Ksapa’s advisory services provide methodologies and expertise in ESG strategy, human rights, climate change, stakeholder engagement, responsible sourcing and sustainable and impact finance. They are used together with our customers to create coordination around a concrete, value-creating business case that transcends cycles and individualities within organizations.
2. Design and implement holistic, multi-stakeholder programs based on strategic priorities
The food, energy and urban systems at the heart of the environmental and social transformations that have become necessary require a holistic, multi-stakeholder approach. Ksapa works with its clients to achieve this by providing digital and financial tools that allow them to embrace complex themes and combine a wide range of interests in on-the-ground operational programs, anchored in the realities of regions around the world.
3. Ensure coordination between stakeholders on these complex issues.
Because Ksapa operates as a mission-driven company, our teams share and lead various considerations throughout the year involving complex stakeholder ecosystems. We will therefore work with France Invest throughout 2023 with the Human Rights Working Group to help the financial community focus on approaches that ensure these complex issues are properly taken into account in their investment decision-making processes, in accordance with a convergent regulatory framework that requires the strengthening of methodologies and expertise.
More than ever, Ksapa remains an international catalyst for concrete and innovative solutions for a fairer, more sustainable and faster transition. Join the movement and work with us in 2023!