As representative of the seventh generation of the Charles Burrus family, it was my immense pleasure and great honour to have taken up the reins of Fondation Guilé since 2011 with the aim to continue the tradition of the previous six generations to give back to society that we have received and to continue to play a pioneering role in Corporate Social Responsibility.
I have focused my attention on the universal principle of human dignity, rooted deep in the DNA of our family history and at the heart of our values.
Our goal was to capitalise during many years on the ten principles of the UN Global Compact in particular relating to corporate responsibility and business ethics. The foundation wanted to encourage and supporte leadership teams of the signatory companies to achieve sustainable growth by implementing these 10 principles. This approach opens the way to a much broader definition of the notion “creating shareholder value”. Our current environment in which we operate certainly shows that the approach of the Guile Foundation to promote human dignity with the universal values that are attached is still essential.
So after having assessed yearly a hundred companies on their level of integration of the UN Global Compact principles our team is proud to publish a report describing the Foundation‘s impacts over the last 10 years. This report called « 10 Years of Guilé Reporting Assessments – Developments, impacts and learnings » describes the learning and outlook of continuous exchange with high-profile representatives of leading companies from different industries across the globe.
As we could witness from close by, corporate sustainability reporting has matured considerably. I would like to thank the numerous contributors warmly who have enabled our organisation to successfully lead ten years of shareholder engagement.
With my most sincere thanks