Chapter Zero France announces that three major personalities from the business world are now sponsors of the association: Jean Lemierre, Chairman of the Board of Directors of BNP Paribas, Lorenzo Bini Smaghi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Société Générale, and Denis Kessler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SCOR, one of the world’s largest reinsurers. This article is from Forbes France and has been translated from the original French.
Chapter Zero France gears up: Denis Kessler, Jean Lemierre and Lorenzo Bini Smaghi commit to the fight against global warming
After its launch at the end of last year, Chapter Zero France is continuing its work with corporate directors. The association, which is the French arm of the World Economic Forum’s “Climate and Governance Initiative” (CGI), has just announced the sponsorship of three very influential sponsorships in the corporate world, with Jean Lemierre, (BNP Paribas), Lorenzo Bini Smaghi (Société Générale) and Denis Kessler (SCOR).
The financial services and insurance industry is a catalyst for the transition of the economy,” says Monica de Virgiliis, President of Chapter Zero France. It is significant that our first three sponsors come from this industry. We are honoured to have the support of committed personalities such as Jean Lemierre, Denis Kessler and Lorenzo Bini Smaghi to feed the association’s strategy and make the initiative shine by putting it at the service of our members.
“Many corporate directors are already active in climate issues. The unique approach of the Chapter Zero initiative will help them to strengthen their technical understanding, to ask the key questions, and to play their role in these essential issues for our collective future. I am delighted to sponsor this important initiative,” said Jean Lemierre, Chairman of the Board of Directors of BNP Paribas.
“Chapter Zero France promotes the transition to a low carbon economy. It is important that all economic sectors commit to mitigating and adapting to the risks associated with climate change. In this respect, the role of boards of directors in developing strategies and implementing measures in favour of the energy transition is key. Chapter Zero France is a real lever to encourage these developments, which is why I am pleased to support this initiative,” continues Denis Kessler, Chairman and CEO of SCOR.
Jean Lemierre and Lorenzo Bini Smaghi will speak at the Global Summit of the Climate and Governance Initiative on 23 March.