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Reactions hot off the press after the conference « Companies role for a more sustainable and equitable society »

  • 25.05.2018

VivaTech is covering all the major topics. At the end of each conference, we asked participants what they thought and why they had attended the event. Here are some reactions hot off the press from the conference “What are the new roles and responsibilities of companies in accelerating the transformation toward a more sustainable and equitable society?”, whose participants notably included Antoine Sire, Director of Company Engagement at BNP Paribas, Frédéric Bardeau from Simplon, Bertrand Piccard of Solar Impulse and Constance Chalchat, BNP Paribas CIB, Head of Change Management .

Testimonial: Laurent, 35 years old, Chief Digital Officer

“I came to the conference to hear Bertrand Picard, Chair of the Solar Impulse Foundation. I like his personality. Another thing I’ll take away is a remark by Frédéric Bardeau, President of Simplon, who said he wanted the social economy to become the norm and not just the exception; and that we should also think of social entrepreneurs as just ordinary entrepreneurs. Banks, and in particular BNP Paribas, have a critical role to play in making this happen.”

the social economy must become the norm and not just the exception

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Testimonial: Gaspard, 20 years old, student

I’m a student in a college prep class. I came to VivaTech to see all the most innovative businesses. It helps me plan for my future and I’m very impressed! I’m going to as many conferences as I can. I went to this one because Solar Impulse was there… and I wasn’t disappointed!

My main takeaway is the genuine awareness present across every level of the economy. And one shared conviction: our energy system is 100 years old and growth is slow, so we need to find environmental solutions and new sources of growth. I realized how startups like the ones present here – Simplon and Zephyr Solar – need funding, especially from major financial partners like BNP Paribas. 

The startups like the ones present here need funding, especially from major financial partners like BNP Paribas.


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