Nicolas Mottis interview : Set a course and objectives to integrate ESG issues

Nicolas Mottis, professor at the Ecole Polytechnique, specialist in sustainable finance and Member of the ESG Lab & Society Strategic Committee, shares his vision of ESG and talks about his commitment with the ESG Lab & Society.

Transition challenges are not limited to global warming

Nicolas Mottis emphasizes that the challenges of transition are major but it’s not only about global warming but also about social issues, preservation of biodiversity …

“Many actors are jumping into the water and the stream is quite strong. There’s work to be done and quite a few obstacles. We are in this stage. It’s an interesting moment because many people are rowing, and swimming and we hope they will succeed in because transition issues are absolutely major!”

Companies need to set a course and define objectives

He goes back to what companies lack to accelerate to take ESG into account. For him, it is necessary to increase the level of effort. Companies must set a course with objectives. He emphasizes the importance of having multiple skills to succeed in progressing on ESG issues in finance, management and also in different fields of physics, biology, mechanics, materials.

The ESG Lab & Society: an original and interesting approach

For Nicolas Mottis, the ESG Lab & Society is both an original and interesting initiative: creating a place where people from very different background and sometimes with opposite can meet and build solutions together. The idea of helping companies that often have major negative or positive impacts on their environment to adopt major changes is very interesting.

Nicolas Mottis brings his expertise in sustainable finance, strategy, and innovation to the ESG Lab & Society Strategic committee. He uses his expertise for companies to support them and enable them to have a real impact.

Nicolas Mottis is a professor and director of the executive master’s program at the Ecole Polytechnique. His research focuses on responsible finance and innovation management.  He acts as an external expert for the Global Compact, has been a member of the FIR Board of Directors since 2017, of the AMF Climate and Sustainable Finance Commission since 2019 and of the Finansol-FAIR Scientific Committee since 2021.