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  • South America President recognised as a SDG Pioneer by UN

UN Global Compact recognizes Tania Cosentino Schneider Electric South America President as a 2017 SDG Pioneer.

Rueil-Malmaison (France), September 19, 2017 – On Thursday, 21 September, the United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit 2017 will recognize 10 SDG Pioneers – individuals from around the world who are championing sustainability through their own companies and mobilizing the broader business community to take action in pursuit of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. Among the SDG Pioneers that will be recognized is Tania Cosentino, President of Schneider Electric South America.

“Each of the 2017 SDG Pioneers is exhibiting how companies and pioneering individuals can be a force for positive change in addressing the issues we all face today,” said Lise Kingo, UN Global Compact CEO and Executive Director. “Ms. Cosentino has been impactful in developing differentiated and sustainable solutions for carbon emission reduction. She has been a Pioneer in advancing sustainable energy management.”

Schneider Electric in South America, led by Tania Cosentino, has been working to participate in the creation of an economy focused on low carbon emission. The technology and solutions developed by the company allow its customers to reduce costs with greater efficiency in the management of their resources, releasing less CO2 in the environment and, therefore, generating a decrease in the payment of taxes.

The company addresses through its South America operation 12 from 17 SDGs: No Poverty; Quality Education; Gender Equality; Clean Water and Sanitation; Affordable and Clean Energy; Decent Work and Economic Growth; Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure; Reduced Inequalities; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Climate Action; Peace and Justice Strong Institutions; Partnerships for the Goals.

Each year, the UN Global Compact celebrates a group of SDG Pioneers, business leaders doing an exceptional job of taking action to advance the Global Goals. Hundreds of nominations were received from diverse regions of the world, from which 10 finalists were selected, exemplifying how business can be a force for good in addressing the challenges we face as a global society. Each Pioneer will be recognized during the UN Global Compact Leaders’ Summit 2017 on 21 September in New York. A Pioneers Selection Group, comprised of experts from the UN, academia, civil society and the private sector, ranked the nominees based on a set of criteria, resulting in the ten 2017 UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers.

“It is a great honor to be among the 10 UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers. Both I and Schneider Electric are aware of the urgency of implementing the SDGs. I believe the private sector has an important role in building a better and more sustainable world for everyone. And that’s the reason why, at Schneider, we address the majority of SDGs in our business”, says Tania Cosentino.

The world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, the UN Global Compact calls on companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals. In Brazil, over 745 companies and non-business organization have joined the initiative, and the Global Compact Network Brazil has supported their efforts to advance sustainable business practices since 2003.

The UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2017 is a two-day gathering of the private sector, UN, Government and civil society to jump-start action to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Together, over 800 leaders from around the world are gathered in New York to identify how to unleash the business activities, thinking and innovation required for a new era of sustainability.

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