The Responsible Business Roadmap
January 16, 2023
How businesses, big and small, respond to the current economic, political and climate challenges will shape our future. Their leaders are working on solutions that must serve multiple stakeholders. We convened global CEOs to talk about their experiences leading large global conglomerates into an uncertain future.
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- Thierry Delaporte, CEO & Managing Director, Wipro
- Barbara Frei, EVP & CEO Industrial Automation, Member of the Executive Committee, Schneider Electric
- Juvencio Maeztu, Deputy CEO & CFO, Ingka Group, IKEA
- Jane Sun, CEO, Trip.com
- Mallika Kapur, Deputy Global Editor, Bloomberg Live
- Madison Mills, Anchor, Bloomberg Quicktake
Juvencio Maeztu, Deputy CEO & CFO, Ingka Group, IKEA, said the group’s ultimate goal is to create a better life for everyone they touch. That includes not just sustainability in products and operations, but addressing gender equality, pay gaps, and diversity and inclusion. “The social dimension is quite relevant,” Maeztu said.
Barbara Frei, EVP & CEO Industrial Automation, Member of the Executive Committee, Schneider Electric said sustainability is about more than emissions and climate targets. There’s biodiversity, people diversity and grassroots efforts in communities. “We empower a lot of local organizations, and each has the mandate to do good things in their communities and really drive those projects,” Frei said.
Thierry Delaporte, CEO & Managing Director, Wipro said transparency around metrics is crucial. “It doesn’t mean that having metrics is all, but having it visible, and broken down into elements so that people feel, ‘I can contribute to it,’ makes a huge difference,” Delaporte said.
Trip.com CEO Jane Sun says the company is focusing on educating consumers on reducing the carbon footprint of their journeys. Their platform’s sorting criteria includes a filter for carbon impacts so travelers can make sustainability-based decisions.
She also spoke of Trip.com’s efforts to create a friendlier workplace for women, including paying for female employees to freeze their eggs.
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