Long Term Vision

Sustainable Development Seminar: achievments and prospects for Vivendi

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In its closing speech of Vivendi’s Sustainable Development Seminar, which was held on March 29-30, 2012, Jean-Bernard Lévy highlighted the topicality and relevance of Vivendi’s three specific sustainable development issues.

Defined ten years ago, these strategic issues (protecting and empowering youth, promoting cultural diversity and sharing knowledge) remain today at the heart of the group’s activities and concerns. Even if its scope evolves, even if issues, growth profiles or geographical presence evolve, the responsibility of the group towards society, as a producer and distributor of contents, has been perfectly identified.  

The relevance of these issues and their societal importance helped Vivendi gain a great legitimacy in the eyes of civil society, public authorities, and its consumers. The decision taken three years ago to include sustainable development policy as part and parcel of Vivendi’s corporate governance by integrating societal criteria in the group’s Senior Executives’ variable remuneration has been widely saluted.  

The rise of digital has fostered an unprecedented expansion of networks and platforms. This triggered two consequences: the speeding up of exchanges and interactivity. Vivendi is at the heart of this digital upheaval. Then, we must think about the main challenges of the group, in terms of social responsibility and sustainable development policy. Vivendi focuses on three main ideas for the future years:

  • How Vivendi, which plays a key role in building this global information society, can ensure that it respects the fundamentals in the areas of human rights and freedoms, quoted in the international texts? Namely: the respect of freedom of expression, the respect of privacy, or the right to education which, adapted to this new digital environment, gives to the group’s telecoms subsidiaries a specific responsibility to reduce a digital divide less and less acceptable in a global information society. 
  • How the group agrees to share innovation with the audience, the younger generations in particular, who participate in this multidimensional collaborative process? How can we challenge the existing models to better answer to the society’s new requirements? This raises the issue of the social dimension of creativity. This raises also the issue of the entry to public stage of young generations having their voices heard in the political decision-making. We operate more and more in fast-growing countries and emerging countries, whose demography have a large majority of young people. How can we accompany this transformation?
  • Finally, the rapid expansion of networks raises the issue of conditions of online shared content production and our key role to detect, empower and invest in local talent, especially in those living in emerging countries. It is crucial to maintain a balanced offer of contents, and guarantee that it is diverse in terms of artistic expressions. Through our long-term investments, we must contribute to strengthen social cohesion in the countries where we operate. It is a necessary condition to shore up mutual understanding between cultures and the importance of respecting cultural diversity.
 
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