Since the Manifesto's publication in September of 2018, we have had the opportunity to meet with many companies and discuss their environmental policies together. These exchanges have enabled us to gain a global understanding of their positioning in terms of ecological transition.
The timeline below gives an overview of the meetings we have had since September of 2018.
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To further convey the expectations of students and recent graduates, we sent a questionnaire to around 100 CEOs, in order to obtain more precise information on how they take environmental issues into account and to share their replies with the public. The questionnaire covers the « key questions you should ask » before choosing your employer. We mainly targeted larger companies, but many questions are suitable for interviewing SMEs. We will continue to publish the latest incoming responses on our website.
Companies' answers show first and foremost one thing, and it is significant: we, students or recent graduates, are taken seriously and our questions are legitimate.
We also know that these replies remain mere declarations, and that greenwashing is never far off. The replies should be read with a critical eye, and to manage this you should equip yourself with certain tools. On this page you will find an anti-greenwashing guide providing you the necessary toolkit.
These replies provide a good opportunity to test one's critical thinking skills and put the anti-greenwashing guide into practice. The replies have to be applied to their context, namely that companies are trying to convince an audience (us) of their commitments. Hence you should ask yourself: Do companies give satisfactory answers? Do they shy away from the questions being asked?
These answers are above all a guide to understanding the complex reality of what large companies do and don't do, based on concrete cases. However, this sample should not be considered as representative of all existing employers. Large companies find it easier to reply to this type of questionnaire. Thus, the idea is not to find that you will your ideal employer on this list. The latter may be an organization outside the sample we interviewed (e.g. SMEs, associations, local authorities, international organizations, etc.)
Some of the companies solicited have not (yet) replied to us : Accenture, Accor, Air France KLM, Airbus, Alstom, Altran Technologies, Amazon, Amundi, ArcelorMittal, Auchan, Bolloré, CFEB Sisley SAS, Capgemini, Cartier International SNC, Chanel, CMA CGM, Danone, Dassault Aviation, Deloitte, DS Smith, E.Leclerc, Eiffage, Essilor International, Ernst & Young, General Electrics, Google, Groupama, Havas, Heineken, Ipsen, JC Decaux, Lagardere, M6, Mazars, Nexans, Nuxe Groupe, Pernod Ricard, Rallye, RATP, Rémy Cointreau, Sanofi, Swiss Life, TechnipFMC, Thales Group, Transavia, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield and Vicat !
As soon as they are willing to provide us with their answers, we will be happy to publish them.