"We are glad that the theme of sustainable development is getting more deeply embedded in people’s consciousness" said Francesco Starace, Enel's Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, during his speech on February 27th at the Asvis (the Italian alliance for sustainable development) conference on "Italian politics and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development - Where are we?".
He added; “In 2010 we made a well-reasoned argument concerning our development model as we realised there was a disconnect between the practice we followed and what society was actually asking for.” Starace also explained that Enel started “focusing on all activities concerning four of the Agenda's 17 goals 2030.” These include the right to education, universal access to clean and affordable energy, sustainable growth of the economy and, of course, the fight against climate change: "It was an activity that affected the company at all levels. We started to pursue some basic aspects related to our work, since our success depends on that of the company in which we work: basically, the more sustainable a company is, the greater its success.”
We are glad that the theme of sustainable development is getting more deeply embedded in people’s consciousness
Francesco Starace, Enel CEO
Starace also emphasised how some of the Goals of the 2030 Agenda inspire and inform the "activities on which our company works,” pointing out that, by doing so, "we avoid mistakes, we are in harmony with the populations we work with and our financial results improve." This logic guides Enel's activities around the world from Russia to Chile, passing through Italy. And it’s no coincidence that world finance, as the CEO observed, is increasingly looking in this direction, with the awareness that "if you invest in a sustainable project or activity, the risk is lower and the return is greater.”
In his analysis, Francesco Starace spoke about "three possible scenarios for Europe: the first is to play a leading role in applying the 2030 Agenda; the second involves a progressive integration of the objectives of sustainable development into European policies without imposing obligations; the third concentrates on efforts outside Europe.” In this perspective the "Multi-stakeholder platform, but also Enel, pushes for the first object, because sustainability is an advantage.”
Enel editorial staff