Schneider Electric is a multinational company providing energy management and automation. The case briefly outlines the company’s history and describes the progressive integration of sustainability efforts into its overall strategy. This 20-year journey culminates in 2021 when Corporate Knights ranked Schneider Electric No. 1 worldwide for its sustainability performance. The protagonist, Gilles Vermot Desroches, who spearheaded the effort, looks back at how this remarkable achievement came about and how he is now confronted with the difficult task of imagining the company’s next steps.
- The case enables participants to analyze the key success factors of a sustainability strategy and to explore the effect it can have on a firm’s financial performance (the business case for CSR – doing well by doing good)
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