The Spanish Business Council for Sustainable Development presents ‘Vision 2050’ to inspire and accelerate the business action to ESG challenges

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24 February, 2022




Madrid, 24 February 2022: The Spanish Business Council for Sustainable Development, a high-level body made up of 40 Presidents and CEOs of major companies and led by Forética -the leading business organization for sustainability in Spain, representing the country on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), presents the roadmap ‘Vision 2050. The moment of transformation’ with the aim of inspiring and accelerating the practical response by Spanish companies to the major environmental, social and governance (ESG) challenges we face.

The Spanish Business Council for Sustainable Development held its second executive meeting, under the honorary presidency of H.M. King Felipe VI, made up of the most senior representatives of 40 major companies: Accenture, Adif, Airbus, Amazon, AstraZeneca, Banco Santander, Bankinter, BMW Group, CaixaBank, Grupo Cooperativo Cajamar, CEMEX, Chiesi, Enagás, Endesa, ENGIE, Ferrovial, Gestamp, GSK, HEINEKEN, Iberdrola, IBM, IKEA, ILUNION, KPMG, ISS Spain, L’Oréal, Mahou San Miguel, ManpowerGroup, McKinsey & Company, Microsoft, MSD, Mutualidad de la Abogacía, Naturgy, Grupo OHLA, P&G, Quirónsalud, Sanitas, SAP, Solvay and Suntory Beverage & Food Spain. 

Within the context of this meeting, the Council presented the roadmap ‘Vision 2050. The moment of transformation’, offering a practical vision through the inclusion of a ‘CEO Toolkit’, and placing the global vision presented by WBCSD in the practical business context in Spain. This roadmap aims to guide companies in developing the actions to steer the systemic transformations needed so as to realise the shared vision of a world in which more than 9 billion people are able to live in dignity, within planetary boundaries. 

In the words of Raúl Grijalba, President of Forética and of ManpowerGroup Spain, Portugal, Greece and Israel: “Our companies are facing a key stage in the so-called ‘Decade of Action’ in response to unprecedented challenges, in particular the climate emergency, loss of biodiversity and growing inequalities. It is in this context that the Spanish Business Council for Sustainable Development takes on its role in voicing a sustainable business leadership message, as a beacon to help and guide other corporations, as well as the country’s own public institutions, on the path to future sustainability, with roadmaps such as the ‘Vision 2050’ which we present today. A forum on which to share trends, challenges and solutions; a place where we welcome listening and partnerships with governments, companies and society as a whole, with the goal of acting faster, together, to lead these critical transformations by 2050”.  

For his part, Germán Granda, Managing Director of Forética, adds: “The ‘Vision 2050’ presented by the Council is a strategic yet ambitious guide that offers leaders of governments, businesses and civil society a comprehensive overview and common understanding of how and where to direct their actions so as to contribute to sustainable reconstruction. It identifies nine priority systems for transformation: Energy, Transportation & Mobility, Living Spaces, Products & Materials, Financial Products & Services, Connectivity, Health & Wellbeing, Water & Sanitation and Food. The partnership created with the Council also allows the adoption of ambitious sustainability goals as an opportunity to generate jobs, wellbeing and a concrete contribution to society and the planet”.

The second executive meeting of the Council was inaugurated by Spain’s Third Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera, against the backdrop of Forética’s collaboration with the PM’s office in structuring ‘Spain 2050’, a long-term national vision that takes on board many of the challenges and commitments of ‘Vision 2050’.

The event was also attended by Chair of WBCSD’s Executive Committee President and CEO of Solvay, Ilham Kadri, who provided the global perspective on ‘Vision 2050’. As this roadmap highlights, systemic transformations will only be successfully achieved through three critical changes in the strategic business mindset: the reinvention of capitalism, through long-term, inclusive and sustainable value creation, building long-term resilience that enables companies to adapt to forthcoming disruptions, and a regenerative approach that helps restore and nurture the social and environmental systems on which business depends.

Boosting business leadership in the field of sustainable development 

The Spanish Business Council for Sustainable Development is the high-level business forum on which the most senior representatives of companies generate a joint strategic response to raise the bar and underpin action in response to ESG challenges

In specific terms, the Spanish Business Council for Sustainable Development is made up of the most senior representatives of Forética’s 40 corporate sponsors: 

  • Raúl Grijalba, President of Forética and of ManpowerGroup Spain, Portugal, Greece and Israel
  • Domingo Mirón, President of Accenture in Spain, Portugal and Israel
  • María Luisa Domínguez, President of Adif and Adif AV
  • Alberto Gutiérrez, President of Airbus Spain
  • Mariangela Marseglia, Vice-President and General Manager of Amazon Italy and Spain
  • Rick R. Suárez, President of AstraZeneca Spain
  • Luis Isasi Fernández de Bobadilla, President of Banco Santander Spain
  • Pedro Guerrero, President of Bankinter
  • Manuel Terroba, Executive President of BMW Group Spain & Portugal
  • José Ignacio Goirigolzarri, President of CaixaBank
  • Eduardo Baamonde, President of Cajamar Caja Rural
  • Sergio Menéndez, President of CEMEX Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa
  • Giuseppe Chiericatti, Managing Director of Chiesi Spain
  • Antonio Llardén, Executive President of Enagás
  • José D. Bogas Gálvez, CEO of Endesa
  • Loreto Ordóñez, CEO of ENGIE Spain
  • Ignacio Madridejos, CEO of Ferrovial
  • Francisco José Riberas Mera, Executive President of Gestamp
  • Cristina Henríquez de Luna, President and CEO of GSK Spain
  • Etienne Strijp, Executive President of HEINEKEN Spain
  • Ángeles Santamaría, CEO of Iberdrola Spain
  • Horacio Morell Gálvez, President of IBM Spain, Portugal, Greece and Israel
  • Nurettin Acar, CEO & CSO of IKEA
  • Alejandro Oñoro, CEO of ILUNION
  • Juan José Cano, President of KPMG Spain
  • Javier Urbiola, Executive President of ISS Spain
  • Juan Alonso de Lomas, President of L’Oréal Spain
  • Eduardo Petrossi, CEO of Mahou San Miguel
  • Alejandro Beltrán, President of McKinsey & Company Iberia
  • Alberto Granados, President of Microsoft Spain
  • Ana Argelich Hesse, President and CEO of MSD Spain
  • Enrique Sanz Fernández-Lomana, President of Mutualidad de la Abogacía
  • Francisco Reynés, President and CEO of Naturgy
  • José Antonio Fernández Gallar, CEO of OHLA Group
  • Vanessa Prats, Vice-President and General Manager of P&G Spain and Portugal
  • Héctor Ciria, CEO of Quirónsalud
  • Iñaki Peralta, CEO of Sanitas and Bupa Europe & Latin America
  • João Paulo da Silva, Senior Vice-President & General Manager for Southern EMEA and Francophone Africa of SAP
  • Jorge Oliveira, Managing Director of Solvay for Spain and Portugal
  • Sara de Pablos, CEO of Suntory Beverage & Food Spain. 

The Secretariat of the Spanish Business Council for Sustainable Development is run by Germán Granda, Managing Director of Forética, the organisation which heads this Council. 

You can download the document ‘Vision 2050. The moment of transformation’ here