Philippe Fonta

Managing Director – Business Applications

Philippe Fonta has over 20 years experience with private companies, working in cooperation with international institutions, policy-making bodies and non-governmental organizations. Successively Director of Environment and Head of Sustainable Development for Airbus, one of the two major aircraft manufacturers, he also endorsed the responsibility of chairman of the environmental committee of the aerospace manufacturers’ trade association, being the official observer to the UN aviation-specialized standard- and policy-making agency.

He is now bringing his technical engineer’s background and his experience in economic scenarios and international cooperation to the cement sector, leading since March 2011 the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), a global effort by 22 major cement producers with operations in more than 100 countries who believe there is a strong business case for the pursuit of sustainable development.

In addition, in January 2012, Philippe endorsed the responsibility of director of the Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) project, another major WBCSD project. Created in 2006, the EEB project first assessed how to transform the building sector with better energy-efficient solutions and recommendations and is now focusing on triggering implementation within the building sector, through the next project phase, called EEB2.0, launched in January 2013.

In September 2012, Philippe also took over the responsibility of the WBCSD’s Tire Industry Project (TIP), which gathers 11 major tires producers representing more than 70% of the world’s tire manufacturing capacity and working together through WBCSD in moving forward their sustainability agenda.

In the current organization of WBCSD, Philippe is now Managing Director for Business Applications. His portfolio therefore still includes CSI, EEB, TIP, as well as the Mobility, Chemicals and Urban Infrastructure Initiative (UII)

Philippe is married to Maryline and has four children: Romain (16), Aude (14), Aurore (11) and Clémence (5). He is interested in sports, particularly rugby which he practiced until the age of 40, in cinema and sharing time and activities with friends and family.

fonta@wbcsd.org | +41 22 839 31 04


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