The Chairman of Agbar and Senior Executive Vice President of Veolia for Iberia and Latin America, Angel Simonstated this Friday that it is necessary to accelerate the ecological transformation from the companies “to shape a sustainable world from co-responsibility, dialogue and transparency”.
During his participation in a new edition of the ‘Esade Breakfasts’, organized in collaboration with Criteria Caixa, Simón advocated a business strategy that places people at the center of decisions and is based on public-private collaboration.
“It is necessary for companies and administrations to act collaboratively through alliances and the promotion of innovation to specify solutions that contribute to social progress and people’s quality of life, leaving no one behind“, said.
Simón reflected that “we are living in a critical moment for the future of the planet, in which the climate emergency, economic recovery and the fight against inequalities are the object and source of uncertainties that affect society as a whole”.
For this reason, “it is necessary for companies and administrations to act collaboratively through alliances and the promotion of innovation, to specify solutions that contribute to social progress and people’s quality of life, leaving no one behind”. “We have the knowledge, the management capacity and the technology, we just need to come to an agreement,” he stressed.
In his opinion, companies must be “in continuous transformation and evolve, in line with the needs of our society, to position ourselves in the face of problems and create trust”.
Agbar’s chairman defined the 21st century business model as “one that must add value, satisfy a social need and make a firm commitment to all stakeholders, from active listening and accountability” and assured that ” large companies can, by structure and size, pave the way and spearhead, acting from responsibility and counting on the co-responsibility of all”.
During his speech, he stressed that companies must assume “the importance of measuring and establishing performance indicators that allow defining when a
strategy is sustainable” because they can translate to management and help “implement ESG criteria [medioambientales, sociales y de gobernanza] in companies and shape strategies with economic, social and environmental impact to meet the 2030 Agenda and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
By way of example, he highlighted Agbar’s commitment to implementing the circular economy in processes through projects such as the one that has pioneered the transformation of water treatment plants into biofactories, a model recognized by the United Nations in the fight against climate change.
In the field of social action, he referred to the Social Pact, which guarantees the right to water without leaving anyone behind, and the OLA Program, in collaboration with the Red Cross, to reduce the situation of vulnerability of people and facilitate employability.
Finally, in terms of technological innovation and digitization, he cited the Dinapsis network for digital transformation in the comprehensive water cycle and environmental health of cities, of particular relevance in a context of climatic and water emergency and drought.