« Ceux qui pensent qu'il est impossible d'agir sont généralement interrompus par ceux qui agissent. » James Baldwin
FROM DESIGN TO DEPLOYMENT, UTOPIES HAS BEEN AWAKENING AND ADVISING MANAGEMENT FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS (FROM PIONEERING SMALL SIZE ENTERPRISE TO LARGE CORPORATIONS), TO HELP THEM INTEGRATE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT INTO THEIR STRATEGY AND THEIR PRACTICES.
> With the strength of a multidisciplinary team, a network of the best international experts and thanks to interactions with stakeholders of the company, our missions cover all aspects of sustainable development:
Nourish innovation, differentiation and value creation by defining an ambitious medium / long-term action plan, that goes beyond risk prevention and integrates sustainability issues at the core of the business model and strategy.
Design sustainability-driven solutions, brands, and business models —thus adapting to changing environments, gaining competitiveness & resilience, increasing customer attraction & retention, and even developing new markets, while avoiding the pitfall of green washing
Assure and exceed regulatory compliance in sustainability reporting, creating an ambitious and structuring exercise. Structure internal processes, explore sustainability’s impact on the business model (integrated reporting), initiate and foster dialogue with stakeholders and set up an innovative, sustainable corporate communication in the era of social networks (360° reporting).
Assess and maximise the socio-economic impact (number of direct, indirect and induced jobs, contribution to GDP, etc.) of a company, a site or a supply chain – at a micro-local (town), local (county, state or country) or worldwide scale, in more than 193 countries.
Define and prioritize the key issues relevant to each family of purchase and help buyers to establish a policy, on the environmental and social assessment (framework?) of current suppliers, on the development of a supplier strategy regarding sustainability issues.
Define and implement the corporate stakeholder dialogue strategy (global and local) , in order to anticipate emerging and ‘material’ issues, prevent social or environmental risks, ensure the relevance and credibility of the strategy or, increasingly, co-build solutions to the challenges faced by the company.
> Strengthened by a solid multidisciplinary experience, the firm also distinguishes itself in expertise in several sectors:
Resource efficiency, improved comfort and productivity, health and quality of life, global cost approach, integration in the urban fabric…. Sustainable building has evolved from an alternative practice into a key aspect of the 21st century\'s urban planing.
The global food system is responsible for almost 40% of the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions and has, at an individual level, a higher ecological footprint than habitat or transport. It is in many ways a lever for sustainable development: impact on climate change, food waste, water consumption, nutritional education, health and environmental production standards, packaging waste and solidarity economy.
Companies from both sectors are regularly held accountable by their stakeholders on ever-sharper issues, whether they be the responsible supply of raw materials, access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising, drug formulation and environmental health issues, responsible consumption, packaging and product end-of-life issues (ecotoxicity, persistence, bioaccumulation ...).
Sustainability issues are crucial in the field of public housing: safe and efficient buildings – new or rehabilitated, raising awareness amongst inhabitants, pleasant environment, sustainable mobility, health and quality of life, successful integration into the urban fabric and territory.
Consumption is now acknowledged as a cornerstone in the transition towards a more « sustainable » society. Retail or trade companies therefore have a major role to play in changing customer behavior : developing responsible products and making them more affordable, ensuring supplier commitment, raising customer awareness, promoting product innovation, encouraging collaborative consumption and dematerialization.
Sustainable development is now more than ever in line with the issues facing SMEs : innovating to create customer preference, maintaining strong local roots, developing a mutually-beneficial relationship with customers, improving employer image to attract talent - with a people-centred business project, meeting the increasingly demanding specifications of private or public customers, etc.
The tourism industry faces many sustainability-oriented challenges: travel and accommodation’s contribution to climate change, waste and wastewater saturation during high season, employee working conditions… However, it is also a lever for local economic growth, training, protecting fragile natural habitats… issues that often define a location’s attractiveness.
« Celui qui vient
au monde pourne rien troubler
ne mérite ni égards ni patience. » René Char
THROUGH ITS RESEARCH ACTIVITY, ITS INITIATIVES AND INTERVENTIONS, UTOPIES WANTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PUBLIC DEBATE AND ADVANCE KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICES, BUT ALSO ENCOURAGE COMPREHENSION OF EMERGING ISSUES, THE SPREAD OF BEST PRACTICES AND PROMOTION OF INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS.