EirGrid CEO among 100 launching a Call to Action for a New Deal for Europe

07 May 2019

Approximately 100 CEOs, including Mark Foley, CEO of EirGrid, have made an appeal to join forces for a New Deal for Europe. The CEOs want to accelerate sustainable growth, tackle climate change and create inclusive prosperity. Brought together by CSR Europe, the CEOs are raising their voice to enhance dialogue and strengthen interaction with politics, civil society and their business & industry peers.

The approximately 100 CEOs from a wide variety of companies and industry sectors throughout Europe are raising their voice for a Europe in which:

  • the rule of law, cooperation between enterprises, civil society and governments are our greatest assets to respond to the public concerns for Europe’s future
  • business uses the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a driver for sustainable innovation and transformation that create value for society

Together they are calling on companies and industry sectors, civil society and policy, to engage in trust-building dialogues, and to create collaborative platforms and finance models to implement a sustainable circular and digital economy that fosters lifelong employability and social cohesion.

The CEOs Call to Action was voiced through Ilham Kadri, CEO of Solvay, at the Brussels Sustainable Development Goals Summit organised by CSR Europe. The main theme of the Summit was Leadership & Engagement and was attended by over 400 business and sustainability leaders, policy-makers and representatives from civil society.

Commenting on the Call to Action, EirGrid CEO Mark Foley said: "I am delighted to be part of the CEO Call to Action today. I firmly believe that businesses can provide real leadership and can use their extensive resource base and influence to drive real and lasting change."

Stefan Crets, Executive Director, CSR Europe said: “As the European Business Network on Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility, we will engage companies into more impact-oriented action –with the development of a European Sustainability Industry Alliance. Through practical collaborative platforms, we will accelerate the new business models, products and services of our time. Today’s engagement from business leaders, as expressed by their endorsement, is strong encouragement on this path.”

View the full text and list of CEOs here.