I describe myself as a passionate Peruvian, so thankful to live in such a unique, diverse and magic country*.
Like most developing countries, Peru is full of controversies and challenges, but also, full of opportunities, as there is so much to be done! As exposed in a recent Bloomberg article, “While Peru can boast South America’s best growth and inflation figures over the past 15 years, it also has some of its worst social indicators” (Quigley, 2016).
Hence, one of these vital challenges is to enhance Peru’s sustainable development. And it is business, among other actors, that should play an essential role in this challenge. As Michael Møller (2016), Director of the United Nations put it, “business as usual is not an option anymore”. Peru needs transformational leadership to rewire its development. I recently came across the following quote that seems so relevant, “Leadership is about envisioning and shaping the future. There is an urgent need in business today for a new type of leadership—one that makes the long-term sustainability of our world a top priority” (RRA, 2015).
While it all sounds very ambitious and a bit overwhelming, I am personally involved with a brilliant initiative that has great potential to drive this needed change. This initiative is called “Líderes+1” and it is my personal challenge to take it forward.
Líderes+1 (leaders plus one in Spanish) is a platform that has recruited a representative group of 30 Peruvian business leaders from different relevant sectors (energy, tourism, finance, agriculture, etc.) and institutional leaders such as the Miraflores district’s major.
The Líderes+1 purpose is to engage Peruvian corporate and local government leaders to promote a systemic view of sustainable development, that catalyses the country’s journey towards a climate resilient and inclusive economy.
Líderes+1 focuses on three main strategies:
- Catalyzing sustainability-related and circular economy projects as high impact, scalable and visible examples of sustainable development.
- Raising awareness amongst business leaders about the benefits and opportunities of sustainable development and green growth in all relevant economic sectors.
- Building public-private synergies as well as international alliances to help promote Peru’s sustainable development.
Together with Libélula, I have been involved in recruiting and consolidating the group since 2014, and feel privileged to work close together with such inspiring, proactive and motivated leaders.
Over the past year, the group has achieved important milestones such as, starting the circular economy accelerator lab with a grant from the UK Embassy and being part of the Peruvian delegation for COP 21 in Paris, to participate at Peru’s pavilion with other sustainability corporate leaders groups (see the press release of the event).
I am very optimistic that this platform will generate momentum and catalyze Peru’s journey to sustainable development.
Will keep you posted!
*Check out the amazing video , shared by the Peruvian Environment Ministry before Peru hosted COP20. We actually saw this video on the first Líderes+1 meeting, and it was definitely one of the main sources of inspiration that got everyone on board!
Møller, M. (2016) ‘Business as usual’ is not an option anymore, World Economic Forum. Available at: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/01/why-do-we-need-a-multi-stakeholder-approach-to-sustainable-development/ (Accessed: 22 April 2016).
Quigley, J. (2016) Peru’s election highlights failures within economic success. Available at: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-20/peru-s-election-highlights-failures-within-economic-success (Accessed: 25 April 2016).
Russell Reynolds Associates (RRA), (2015). Sustainable leadership: Talent requirements for sustainable enterprises. Available at: http://www.russellreynolds.com/insights/thought-leadership/sustainable-leadership-talent-requirements-for-sustainable-enterprises (Accessed on 11th April 2016).