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“Moving from emergency sobriety to organized sobriety”: this is the wish of 84 business leaders who signed a column in , Saturday, July 2. Among the signatories are also some leaders of large structures such as Jean-Bernard Lévy from EDF, Hélène Bernicot from Crédit Mutuel Arkéa and Pascal Demurger from the insurer MAIF.

Sustainable sobriety will necessarily go through fair value sharing and long-term integration within the company, and therefore through changes in governance.

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According to the authors of the forum, “organized economic sobriety is a way of not placing the weight of the transition on the poorest”. They hope to “change our global model of competitiveness” in order to “finally get companies out of a perpetual contradictory injunction” between financial objectives on the one hand, climate and social on the other.

Finally, they affirm that they will propose this “collective choice” on August 30 during “Summer Universities for the economy of tomorrow” in Paris. This forum will be held separately, but concomitantly, from the summer university of the first French employers’ organization, the Medef, renamed Rencontre des entrepreneurs de France (REF).

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Last Sunday, the bosses of the three French energy companies TotalEnergies, EDF and Engie had called the French to immediately reduce their consumption of fuel, oil, electricity and gas in the face of the risk of a shortage threatening “social cohesion” next winter.

This call was aimed at individuals and businesses alike, but remained limited to energy consumption. The call of the 84 leaders goes further by wanting to integrate at the heart of the strategy of the companies the “approaches of circular economy, economy of use, relocation, regeneration of biodiversity, or even alignment of reductions company’s carbon with the Paris agreement” on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

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