Business Climate Convention: an urgent call to action

The Provence Méditerranée Business Convention for Climate (CEC) organized its first session from April 17 to 19, 2024 in Lourmarin, bringing together 58 companies from the South Region, Corsica and Occitanie. This session, which marks the start of the second Provence Méditerranée course, aimed to confront participants with the urgency of the transformations necessary to make their businesses aligned with the environmental imperatives that are gradually imposing themselves on us. A look back at a new device for a unique experience…

Jean Jouzel: “ The reality is that we are heading towards a +3°C scenario »

This spring, during the inaugural session of the second Provence Méditerranée course of the CEC in Lourmarin, a small voice resonated particularly loudly among the 120 leaders present: Jean Jouzel, 76 years old, is an emeritus paleo-climatologist and one of the “ founding fathers” of the IPCC. It is he who opens the meeting with an unequivocal observation: “ The reality is that we are heading towards a +3°C scenario. »

Jean Jouzel (Credit Sophie Bourguignon)

This message, delivered bluntly and without making the audience feel guilty, reminds us of the urgency of the climate situation. He insists on the need to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 to stabilize warming at 1.5°C rather than 2°C, the only condition to allow young generations to be able to adapt… and survive!

Marc-André Selosse, professor at the National Museum of Natural History, continues by highlighting the scale of the biodiversity crisis. According to him, talking about “ crisis » is an understatement, as the collapse of biodiversity directly threatens human health. “ In 2025, 25% of Europeans will be victims of “modern diseases” such as multiple sclerosis, atopic dermatitis or diabetes. » he says, thus linking environmental degradation to public health issues.

The interconnection between our lifestyles, climate, biodiversity and human health

The loss of biodiversity is therefore not only the disappearance of animal or plant species, but also affects the ability of humans to survive. This session of the CEC Provence Méditerranée thus highlights the interconnection between our lifestyles, climate, biodiversity and human health, highlighting the need for collective awareness and the importance of integrating notion of systemicity in these phenomena.

Credit Sophie Bourguigon

Because the objective of the CEC is also to offer a 360° understanding of the environmental situation, so that each manager has the capacity to understand all the risks and dependencies of their economic model vis-à-vis the environment, and in particular a degraded environment. Ultimately, this should allow it to integrate the nine planetary limits into the management parameters of its activity.

CEC Provence Méditerranée: from understanding to action

The precise organization of the CEC plays a crucial role in the transformation of leaders: each session, with its workshops, conferences and sub-groups, is carefully planned to promote total immersion and a strategic understanding of ecological issues.

During this session, the CEC method, based on Otto Scharmer’s U theory, guided participants through a deeply rooted process of discovery, surprise and awareness. By combining introspection, sharing of experiences and collaborative work, this method allows managers to reconsider their economic model and engage in an ecological redirection which will, over the sessions, commit them to a search for positive impact greater than the negative impact: the direction of the regenerative economy.

Participants of the 2024 CEC Provence Méditerranée course (Credit Sophie Bouguignon)
Participants of the 2024 CEC Provence Méditerranée course (Credit Sophie Bouguignon)

Testimonials to illustrate the transformative power of CEC pathways

Mathilde Courau from Fatec (Provence Corse 2023 alumni) and Christophe Martin from Renault Trucks (first national course alumni) illustrated this transformative power of the CEC courses. They shared the personal and professional sparks experienced during the sessions. These stories reinforced the idea that ecological transformation is not only necessary, it is also possible!

For economic actors who have had both the courage and the chance to embark on this process, the CEC offers more than an opportunity; it is an urgent call to action. This first session revealed the extent of ecological findings which amplify the feeling of urgency to act in depth.

CEC Provence Méditerranée: training pioneers of the regenerative economy

By engaging in this journey, the 58 organizations and their leaders participating in the CEC Provence Méditerranée choose to go beyond environmental standards and CSR requirements: they become pioneers of a regenerative economy, ready to take on the challenges of the 21st century without anxiety and in cooperation.

The success of the CEC, achieved by the nearly 1,100 companies from across France already engaged in one of the 17 courses, is based on collective commitment and the desire to transform convictions into concrete actions. It demonstrates that together rather than in opposition, companies can truly meet this challenge of turning the economic world around so that it constitutes a response to planetary issues – and no longer just a problem.

Credit Sophie Bourguigon

Pierre-Antoine Villanova from Corsica linea: “ Relearning everything in our ways of thinking, doing, producing »

At the head of Corsica lineaPierre-Antoine Villanova was part of the 1time promotion of the CEC Provence Corsica in 2023. He gives his impressions of this intensive six-month course dedicated to the ecological redirection of businesses.

This whirlwind of learning alongside business leaders, scientists and transition stakeholders from all walks of life is a human and professional experience like I have never had before!
At the CEC, once you understand from 1time session that we know nothing and that we have to relearn almost everything in our ways of thinking, doing, producing, we very quickly put ourselves into action mode to project our company into a new paradigm of value creation. We are invited to reflect on an individual and collective level with courage and humility on new operating methods compatible with planetary limits. The CEC offers a real methodological toolbox for a renewed vision of company performance through the integration of environmental and societal value throughout its chain of operations, in close cooperation with its ecosystem of internal and external stakeholders. .
For me, as a citizen and business manager, and for Corsica linea, the start of the CEC has made it possible to accelerate our transformation to pursue this deep-rooted ambition of becoming the most modern shipping company in the Mediterranean in 2030 thanks to a strategic vision driven by environmental and societal considerations. I entered the CEC with a weight of 300,000 CO2, I left with the increased objective of reducing them by 40% in 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality in 2040! »

Pierre-Antoine Villanova, general manager of Corsica linea (Credit Eikon Agency)
Pierre-Antoine Villanova, general manager of Corsica linea (Credit Eikon Agency)

Learn more:

The next session of the CEC Provence Méditerranée will take place from June 26 to 28 in Marseille.
The site this the Business Climate Convention
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