100 CEOs launch a Call to Action for a New Deal for Europe

BITCI News - May 07, 2019

Business in the Community Ireland

Today, around 100 CEOs made an appeal to join forces for a New Deal for Europe. They want to accelerate sustainable growth, tackle climate change and create inclusive prosperity. Brought together by CSR Europe, the CEOs raise their voice to enhance dialogue and strengthen interaction with Politics, Civil Society and their Business & Industry peers.

Brussels, 7 May 2019: On the eve of crucial elections, about 100 CEOs from a wide variety of companies & industry sectors throughout Europe, are raising their voice for a Europe in which:

  • the rule of law, cooperation between enterprises, civil society and governments are our greatest assets to respond to the public concerns for Europe’s future
  • business uses the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a driver for sustainable innovation and transformation that create value for society

Together they call companies and industry sectors, civil society and policy, to engage in trust-building dialogues, and to create collaborative platforms and finance models to implement a sustainable circular and digital economy that fosters lifelong employability and social cohesion.

Today, the CEOs Call to Action was voiced through Ilham Kadri, CEO of Solvay at the Brussels SDG Summit organised by CSR Europe. The main theme of the Summit was about Leadership & Engagement and was attended by over 400 business and sustainability leaders, policymakers and representatives from the civil society.


Stefan Crets, Executive Director, CSR Europe highlights: “As the European Business Network on Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility, we will engage companies into more impact-oriented action –with the development of a  European Sustainability Industry Alliance. Through practical collaborative platforms, we will accelerate the new business models, products and services of our time. Today’s engagement from business leaders’ as expressed by their endorsement is a strong encouragement on this path.’


Endorsing this CEOs Call to action is still possible until the end of September through the link here

We are delighted that the CEO Call to Action has been endorsed by 100 companies, including our Leaders’ Group on Sustainability members: A&L Goodbody, Bank of Ireland, Dawn Meats, EirGrid, Gas Networks Ireland, Janssen Pharmaceutical and Janssen Sciences, Musgrave, PM Group, Sodexo and Transdev.

The 100 CEOS that endorsed the Call to Action  are from following companies:

CSR Europe; Solvay S.A.; Enel S.p.A.; Epson Deutschland GmbH; Total S.A.; Engie S.A;. Sodexo Group; Toyota Motor Europe; BASF Hitachi Europe Ltd.; Iberdrola; BBVA; Bridgestone EMEA; Pirelli & C. S.p.A.; McCain Continental Europe, Russia and MENA; Iccrea Banca;  Titan Cement Company S.A.; Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A.; ITOCHU; Hellenic Petroleum S.A.; SD Worx; Rabobank; RWE AG; E.ON SE; A&L Goodbody; Aiphoria;  Albron B.V.; Antalis CZ; Asahi Breweries Europe Group;  Assarel-Medet JSCo; Avinoil; Bluestep Bank AB; BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.; ČEZ Group; Cie Automotive; Collector Bank AB;  Coral AE; Consorzio Integra; Coop Alleanza 3.0; Curis Network;  Cyta Ltd; Dawn Meats Group Ltd.; Deloitte Czech Republic; Diageo Hellas S.A.; Ecolab Inc.; EDA-Attikis S.A.; EirGrid plc; Enagás, S.A.; Eosta BV; Eurocert SA; Gas Networks Ireland; Global Sustain SA; Grupo Sousa – Investimentos SGPS, Lda.; Gruppo Hera; Hermes Airports Ltd;  Hochtief CZ; Ikano Bank AB; Infocredit Group Ltd; Insights Market Research Ltd; Interamerican; Intracom S.A. Telecom Solutions; Janssen Pharmaceutical Ireland; Janssen Sciences Ireland UC; Kafkas; Kanzian Engineering & Consulting GmbH; Kozloduy NPP; Länsförsäkringar Bank; Lidl Hellas; Lift World; Löfbergs;  Meliá Hotels International, S.A.; MONETA Money Bank, a. s.; Moonen Packaging; Motoroil; Mytilineos Holdings S.A.; Musgrave Group; NJV Athens Plaza Hotel; Nordax Bank AB; Nordea Bank Abp; Novelis Inc;  Peeze; PitPoint clean fuels; PM Group;  Public Power Corporation S.A. – Hellas; Remedica Ltd;  Royal Lemkes B.V.; SCS Consulting; Signify Hellas; Svenska Handelsbanken AB;  TenneT Holding B.V.; Transdev Ireland; Transkript Online; TÜV Hellas; Triodos Bank;  University of Nicosia; Vieira de Almeida & Associados – Sociedade de Advogados; Vodafone Czech Republic.

Download the details of the Call to Action and the list of the CEOs.

About CSR Europe:

CSR Europe is the leading European business network for Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility. With our corporate members and National CSR organisations, we unite, inspire & support over 10,000 enterprises at local, European and global level.

We serve businesses & industry sectors in their transformation and collaboration towards practical solutions and sustainable growth. We are for systemic change; therefore, following the SDGs, we want to co-build with the European leaders and stakeholders an overarching strategy for a Sustainable Europe 2030.

For more information regarding the CEOs from our Leaders’ Group on Sustainability please contact our Head of Marketing Moira Horgan