In the 1960s, some investors began to be driven by socially responsible investments, excluding stocks or entire industries from their portfolios based on business activities such as tobacco production or involvement in the South African apartheid regime.
In 2000, to tackle the indignity of poverty, a United Nations conference started a global effort by launching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
In 2012, to update them until 2023, The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were born at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro. Today, most of the biggest listed companies from the Fortune 1000 follow those goals in their published Global sustainability report.
The practice of ESG investing began. Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria are a set of standards for a company’s operations that socially conscious investors use to screen potential investments.
The European Union has tightened its "Non-Financial Reporting Directive" in 2021, which requires environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure from companies with more than 500 employees doing business in the EU. And it’s likely that the recent U.S. administration will introduce new ESG mandates as well.
These SDGs and ESGs are however meant for big businesses and countries. At damtower, we have made those standards available, readable, and accessible for all size of businesses.
Benoit Montet is a father of 3, and has been involved in sustainable human development for 30 years. He is an innovator who has created almost every position he has held. He has a dual skill set as a recognised expert and a successful developer. His passion for the future led him to join Paul in his sustainable project. The damtower project is a project that combines certification and recognition. Benoit has been working in this field for 30 years, and is in certification recognised as a global expert. The damtower project requires an excellent knowledge of several technical subjects: Certification, ESG, SDG, employee engagement, communication and employer Brand, workshop organisation, but also Digital and data analysis. Benoit has been doing this for the last 10 years. He is also a technology and innovation junkie.
Paul Montet is a 200% citizen of the world. He is lucky to have two nationalities being 100% French and 100% Dutch. Since his childhood, he's very careful for others and being careful for others drives him to be careful for the entire world ! Who isn't an idealist at 16?
Later, his first study topic has oriented him toward Water Management. And not anywhere, in a country where 60% of the territory is under the sea level: the Netherlands. Thanks to an Honours program he has traveled in South-East Asia to study urban farming and seeds valorisation. He is actually engaged in a Master of Sustainability Management at ESCP Paris and Berlin.
Sabine Roux de Bézieux has helped us underway, to improve the quality of our label and to gain a better understanding of our market.
The founder of the “Fondation de la mer” , an organisation which contributes to the study and protection of the Ocean. It supports numerous initiatives and develops its own programs: protection of biodiversity, the fight against pollution, support for research, education and awareness-raising, etc. Among those initiatives, they have launched a label called Ocean approved, which has inspired us.
Jeremy Roffe-Vidal is at the Broad of several innovative HR Tech companies. He was Group HR Director at VimpelCom, Cap Gemini, Vice President Human Resources at Invensys (Schneider Electric) in London and in France, and Senior Vice President Human Resources at AlstomPower Systems based in Switzerland. He studied in Frankfurt and holds a degree in Psychology