As we all know, for years now, the organizations and the people have the possibility to change their energy contracts, moving from fossil energies to renewable energies.
In Italy, the United States of America are present all around the country with the U.S Embassy and the U.S Army. As the duty of the IMEDD is to empower the organizations to act in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development, it is important, as a neutral and independent research agency, to spread the word about the new solutions that can help us all reduce our carbon footprints.
Reducing our carbon footprints is one of the tools the organizations have, first to save money, second to empower their staff to the good behaviors in terms of energy savings, and third to support the energy providers who help us quit the use of fossil energies.
Italy has a big chance due to its territory, as the country has many mountains, many water reserves and many rivers, allowing the organizations to rethink their energy supply using the hydraulic energy or even the solar power, due to the big number of shiny days in the country, especially in the South.
In the same time, due to the coronavirus crisis, we clearly see that the White House has changed its trade policy with the goal of being more respectful for the environment, using responsible partners and new tools that can help us all reduce our carbon emissions and better fight against the effects of climate change, that we all know are real in Italy (mostly due to the big floods in winter, the sea-submersion events that caused the destruction of certain lands as it was the case in November 2019 in the city of Ventimiglia in Liguria, which was flooded and submerged by two tsunamis of woods due to two massive flash floods).
Acting for our planet is a global challenge and each organization has to do its own path. Rethinking the energy supply is one of the tools to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
As we can see on the image above, the renewable energy supply concerns several points of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
- Point 3: Good health and well being as the use of renewable energies don’t damage our planet.
- Point 4: Quality of education as the renewable energies can be taught in the schools programmes or in awareness events for the children and the families as a safe and sustainable mode of energy.
- Point 5: Gender equity, as in the field of sustainable development, many workers are women or foreign people, so all this contributes to diversity and integration around one same goal: a better future.
- Point 7: Affordable and clean energy as the renewable energies help the organizations reduce their dependency on fossil energies.
- Point 8: Decent work and economic growth as the renewable energies help support new modes of businesses that commit to Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development. In the same way, it helps finance trustable and fair organizations and contributes to the change of trade policies.
- Point 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure as the renewable energies imply the creation or the development of hydraulic, solar or wind power plants.
- Point 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, as the renewable energies contribute to the concept of Smart Cities which is about reducing the carbon footprint, being more responsible and placing the people at the heart of the strategy.
Acting for the Smart Cities also contributes to help the countries become Smart Nations which is also a concept promoted by the United Nations.
In this field the Principality of Monaco is the only country at this stage considered by the United Nations and the International Community as a Smart Nation, due to the voluntary solar, sea energy and sustainable transport policies impulsed by the Monaco’s Head of State, His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco and implemented by the Monaco’s Government with many solar panels installed on the roofs of the big buildings in Monaco. All theses measures allowed Monaco to see its energy bill decrease while empowering its people, public organizations and businesses (Discover here the ambitious Energy Transition Plan and website led by Monaco with the goal of being Carbon Neutral by the year 2050).
Above on the right hand side is the Monaco Head of State,
Prince Albert II of Monaco during the COP25 in Madrid in 2019
Above is Prince Albert II of Monaco during the COP25 in Madrid in 2019
when supporting the youth to promote the UNSDG
- Point 12: Responsible consumption and production, as the renewable energies are always available, no risk of lack of supply.
- Point 13: Climate action, as the renewable energies help reduce the carbon footprint and better fight against the effects of climate change.
- Point 14 and Point 15: Life below water and Life on Land, as the renewable energies cause no or less risks to damage the environment like the fossils energies do. There is no risk of oil spill nor nuclear accidents. Dependency for the energy supply is also avoided.
- Point 17: Partnerships for the goals, as the use renewable energies join many countries, many organizations and many people at international. They is also a significant and positive issue to teach and show a better future to the future generations.
In December 2019, during the COP25 in Madrid and the NATO meeting at Buckingham Palace in which the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump was part, the IMEDD, with the support of the allied countries, launched in Monaco the 18th point of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) which is about empowering the United People to support the United Organizations and the United Nations to achieve the goals in several fields of action.
Above is the American President Donald Trump at the U.S Embassy in London
with Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister of Canada)
and Emmanuel Macron (President of the French Republic)
when defining the Climate Alliance of the Allied Countries
In this context of Climate Alliance between the allies, the IMEDD wrote several articles to explain the interest of using the UN Sustainable Development Goals as the guideline of development to implement new policies within the countries and their organizations:
- In this article below, the IMEDD explains the “why of the creation of the UNSDG18” that America supported straight away:
- In this video below, the IMEDD explains its DDAY for the Earth made in Monaco with the allied countries in December 2019 as part of the COP25 in Madrid for the launch of the UNSDG18 as a Climate Alliance between Monaco, the U.S.A, France, the United Kingdom, Canada and Italy.
Since then, more countries have joined as shown in the article presented above. Click on the image below to watch the video.
- In this video below, the IMEDD shows its awareness campaign at the United Nations considering the terrible effects of climate change and sea-submersion in Italy and France.
- In this article below, the IMEDD explains that the UN Sustainable Development Goals are the only common plan for the earth and encourages the countries to take action:
- In this article below, the IMEDD explains the framework of the commitments that the organizations can undertake to become sustainable organizations. This framework works for the businesses and also for the public and governmental organizations. It has been tested and implemented in Monaco by the Princely Government, with the assistance of the IMEDD on certain points and this is how it led Monaco to become the first Smart Nation on the Earth. The document shown in the article below is an International Charter on the Corporate Social Responsibility of the Organizations.
It was first implemented by the IMEDD at the Junior Chamber International Monaco back in 2007 with the support of the Monaco’s Government to help the start of the country’s commitments.
Then, the Charter was recognized and awarded at the United Nations as the Best UN Millennium Goals Projects, a first time in 2008 concerning the Charter and the creation of a monitoring process of the organizations created by the IMEDD, and a second time in 2009 as the best project of information (website) regarding Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development.
In the same year in 2009, thanks to the Prince Albert II of Monaco’s Foundation specialized in the field of environment and during the JCI Summit on Climate Change at the United Nations in Geneva, the IMEDD was named as a leading voice for all the Junior Chamber International and countries of the world in order to spread the information in the countries beside the youth, the governmental organizations and the businesses committed to sustainable development.
The UNSDG18 Charter on Corporate Social Responsibility
led by the IMEDD for the public organizations and businesses
- In this article below, the IMEDD details the UNSDG18 for the access to renewable energies:
The UNSDG18 is a powerful and independent tool that goes in the line of the UN Sustainable Development Goals whose goal is to help the nations, public and governmental organizations to reach the goals and achieve the three principles of sustainable development which are:
- a fair economy,
- good social well-being,
- environmental preservation.
The goal is to show the organizations that they can be more efficient in terms of economy while providing a better quality of life to their people and acting concretely (through the economic tools) to better preserve the environment (as well as Health and Safety), which are the reasons why the IMEDD is also committed to help the coronavirus crisis.
Beside this line of commitments represented by the UNSDG18 Charter on Corporate Social Responsibility, the IMEDD, as a neutral and independent research agency, has created several models of monitoring in terms of strategy to implement sustainable development, based on economic, social and environmental questionnaires, that allow it to monitor the organizations and follow their efforts while providing them some pieces of advice.
The monitoring system of the IMEDD is generally used by the Heads of the organizations and the CSR Directors of the same organizations to pilot and measure the efforts of their strategies and initiatives.
The use of these monitoring tools leads the IMEDD to be able to define the level of improvements, give advices on what to do next, and allow the Governments to award their public and private organizations considering the achieved efforts in terms of sustainable development.
Though, if the UNSDG18 Charter on Corporate Social Responsibility can be common to each organization of the world as a global guideline, the monitoring tools needs to be adapted to each organization, depending on their activities and ways of internal and external functioning.
If we take the example of the U.S Army, the monitoring will be focused on the energy supply, transports, integration of diversity.
If we take the example of the U.S Embassies, the monitoring will be more focused on the transport policies, on the Smart Work and on sustainable events.
Whereas if we take the example of the IMEDD, which is a research agency that exclusively works on line, the monitoring is focused of the empowerment of organizations and the implementation of the Corporate Social Responsibility in its own structure, but also in the other organizations.
All the monitoring systems led by the IMEDD are exclusively done on line.
In order to help the organizations achieve their goals, the IMEDD regularly creates documents such as guidelines, brochures, images… that can be used for internal matters or for external concerns, even on social media to share, explain and promote the sustainable commitments.
How can the IMEDD help the American Public Organizations based in Italy and America?
- sharing information about Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development,
- sharing the Monaco Experience to become a Smart Nation,
- helping America define its own sustainable development policies, strategies and projects,
- providing the UNSDG18 Charter on the Corporate Social Responsibility for a use by the public and private organizations,
- monitoring the UNSDG18 initiatives undertaken by the public and private organizations,
- creating tools or information to help achieve the UNSDG goals,
- helping the CSR Directors or people in charge of the purchase in the public and private organizations by providing them guidelines,
- promoting the UNSDG18 initiatives led by the public and private organizations towards the international,
- working side by side with the Federal Government or States Governments to accompagny their organizations and award the organizations that deserve for their efforts in terms of sustainable development.
The coronavirus crisis sadly forces us all to rethink our mode of development and even if the situation is really hard in many countries (especially America due the high number of covid19’s cases and the acts of violence in the American cities), it gives a unique chance to change our models of consumption towards a fairer economy, a better social well-being while contributing to better preserve the environment.
As America is changing its trade policy, it’s the perfect moment to support the Federal and the States governments in this way.
The U.S Governmental Organizations based in Italy could be the pilots for this new strategy “America goes Green” to show everybody in the U.S.A (and the world) that Corporate Social Responsibility works, that a sustainable development is possible and that our human activities have an impact on climate change, though we can commit to reduce those impacts, which is the main global goal.
This time of crisis is also the perfect moment to show how America is powerful, how America is brave, how America rebuilds its economy and how the Americans individually and collectively commit to the fight against climate change and a better/smarter economy for itself and the world.
Therefore, as a communication tool, the IMEDD changed the colors of the American flag to present its empowering initiative for the United States of America: “America Goes Green”.
Who can the U.S Governmental Organizations based in Italy or in the U.S.A contact?
The IMEDD is based in Ventimiglia in Italy at the French and Italian border on the Mediterranean Sea, only 20 km away from the Principality of Monaco and 40 km from Nice Côte d’Azur Airport in France, which provides a unique place between three nations, Italy, Monaco and France, the countries that partner America in the Climate Alliance.
The IMEDD was founded in 2011 in Monaco by Virginie Lelarge, with the goals of helping the governmental and public organizations at International in a common framework for their Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development policies and projects to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Virginie Lelarge, Founder of the IMEDD, Research Director
Virginie Lelarge is a Research Director specialized in sustainable development (trilingual French, English and Italian) with 20 years of experiences, a Master II degree in International Research and a Phd in Sociology based on “sustainable development as a tool for freedom and equality of rights”.
Virginie Lelarge works at international and supports the nations, the European Commission and the United Nations plans in the field of sustainable development for a better future for the future generations.
For more information, the IMEDD can be freely contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.