On June 8, more than a hundred of our clients, partners and friends from Paris gathered for a small cocktail reunion in the beautiful Musee de la Vie Romanticism. A look back at this pleasant evening, organized to share and reflect on our joint activities.
1819 – Creating a space for innovation amid a general social context of withdrawal
Around 1819-1820 the political context was one of withdrawal. Social demands were violently suppressed. The achievements of the French Revolution of 1789 were questioned one after another by the government of the day. The intellectual and artistic elite needed space to express themselves and explore new modes of expression that met the needs of the time. It is in this context that the Parisian district, under the Butte Montmartre, known as “New Athens”, began to develop, as many writers, actors, musicians and painters settled there.
Eugène Delacroix, George Sand, Alexandre Dumas, Frederic Chopin, Victor Hugo, Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin… the district was soon in vogue and became a center for the intellectual and cultural life of Paris. The Musée de la Vie Romantique is itself a former house of artistic salons, facilitating dialogue between musicians, collectors, art masters, restorers and a music-loving public, to explore new musical, pictorial or literary forms of expression.
2019 – Creating a global platform for innovation in the context of the triple social, environmental and social crisis
Ksapa (Sioux): wisdom, reason, discernment
Founded in 2019, Ksapa is among the very first companies to choose ‘company with a mission’ status. The approaches are based on the founding fathers’ belief in the need to create new broader, global spaces to facilitate the exploration of concrete solutions, brought to scale, and to facilitate our economies to adapt to social and environmental challenges we face today, in a world of increasing inequality and climate and environmental crises.
The Towards 2030 report, published in early 2020, summarizes the Ksapa community’s vision: by leveraging financial and digital technologies, it is possible to increase impact and scale up programs aimed at accelerating the transformation of economic actors, allowing them to adapt to new paradigms such as the search for impact, the just transition and respect for human rights.
By bringing together multidisciplinary teams and fostering partnerships with experts specialized in different domains, Ksapa has built an international community that allows it to carry out projects and missions in an international context for a growing number of clients. The Ksapa model is based on the following values:
- Excellence: we always strive for high quality collective and individual performance in all our activities and for intellectual honesty and integrity – both in the workplace and when working on behalf of the organization
- Adaptability: The ability to adapt and evolve is an essential quality to participate in the great transformations of our ever-changing world
- Respect: we value the respect of others – their roles and responsibilities, as well as their opinions and contributions; respect for obligations to each other and external partners. We encourage diversity and inclusion
- Think big with humility: we believe that a humble and learning attitude is critical to strengthening the way our solutions are designed and deployed in the best systemic, sustainable, scalable and replicable way we truly can
- Passion for social change: we are committed to improving the lives of those less fortunate while respecting our planet; and putting the collective above the individual
Today, more than 4,000 decision makers from major economic and financial groups around the world, as well as public sector and civil society actors, receive and consult Ksapa-supported resources and initiatives every month on human rights, climate, circular economy, sustainable finance / ESG, impact and sustainable development / CSR. Ksapa operates from three offices in Paris, London and New York and various programs and missions take place in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South and Southeast Asia.
An evening organized in three parts to serve the current community
The first part of the evening was dedicated to the Ksapa initiative – a combination of ESG, digital technology, finance, human rights, climate, agronomy, responsible supply chains, development and other topics, which form the DNA of our organization.
In the presence of the heads of Ksapa’s offices in Paris, London and New York, Isabelle Baillet – former director of Société Générale and member of Ksapa’s Mission Committee – talked about our work, and how Ksapa’s mission-oriented vision is achieved through its various advisory services, investment and advocacy activities, consistent with public commitments.
A second highlight was the fantastic piano recital by Berlin pianist Sacha Hladiy, musically inspired by first the concept of extinction, then the soothing power of the sun!
Finally, the location offered a great opportunity to come together and connect over a drink, finally not limited to digital formats – also representative of the interactions we promote and want to maintain between our teams, customers and our entire ecosystem .
Three lessons from our interactions
The interactions and discussions confirmed, in the spirit of the place where this cocktail of the Ksapa Paris 2022 community took place, the following elements:
– Feedback from decision makers and operational staff is highly consistent across all sectors and countries of intervention: Ksapa’s advisory activities are at the forefront of regulatory and sectoral best practices in human rights, sustainable finance, energy transition and circular economy; and its portfolio of digital and financial solutions that enable the deployment of concrete solutions at scale and at economic cost, brings together a unique set of businesses and capabilities and adds value to the design and implementation of programs with clients.
– Ksapa has established itself as an international reference platform for designing and implementing programs in different operational environments – for example, replicating a program to transform the agricultural sector for the benefit of smallholder farmers in five countries in Africa and three strategic Asian countries
– Ksapa has a unique ability to bring together actors from different worlds in a credible and constructive dialogue. This allows us to combine the interests of complex ecosystems and organize programs that bring together different stakeholders – industrial sectors, financial players, NGOs, national and international governments, local players – to make concrete progress in energy transition and inclusion. .
In line with this commitment and desire to unite, Ksapa has highlighted its connection to art and culture. These human achievements represent what encourages us to work towards inclusion, the fight against inequality and the fundamental environmental challenges of our time. Indeed, it is art and culture that bring humanity together in its most successful, shared and authentic achievements. Berlin pianist Sacha Hladiy’s piano recital was a perfect illustration of this, offering members of the Ksapa community a two-part recital around the themes of extinction and the sun: melancholy, disbelief and revolt for the sixth extinction in progress. , and then the celebration of sunlight that drives everyone to want to surpass themselves, to reorient themselves.
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