Ecofeminism & The Decolonisation of Sustainability

16/05/2023 - From 19h30
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When you hear about ecology, veganism, ecofeminism, what persona do you see?

At first glance, sustainability sciences may seem as if they're neutral ways to study how we can sustain the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

The problem is that since ecological transition and sustainability have become mainstream, we often associate sustainability, ecofeminism, and veganism with white people. This means that sustainability sciences are full of hidden biases.

It is important to confront the colonial legacies that, to this day, perpetuate the notion that certain lives and ways of life are 'unproductive', 'destructive' and so on. For example, the "Southern" nations would be lagging behind in environmental protection, and non-western foods would be less healthy.

By what means can we forge links between feminist and anti-racist struggles on the one hand and environmental struggles on the other? How can we raise awareness of the green practices that exist in non-male and non-white circles?

To talk about it, Dr Audrey-Flore Ngomsik, co-founder of Trianon Scientific Communication invites you to an intimate discussion where we will tackle the question, how to ensure a fair and just ecological transition.

Holding a PhD in physical and analytical chemistry from University Paris Sorbonne, she is today a CSR & sustainability strategist. She is also the co-founder and CEO of Trianon Scientific Communication, a management consulting firm that helps organisations to reconcile sustainability and profitability.

Born and raised in Paris, she has lived in Asia and Europe. From researcher to executive leader, she has driven her career in developing and commercialising green innovations. Convinced that companies have the power to change the world for the better, she has been working with board members and executives to raise awareness, ingrain CSR in their business strategy, green their operations, train decision makers and explore green social and scientific innovations for the last 20 years.

Dr. Ngomsik believes that people, planet, and profit should be tackled concomitantly to answer today's sustainable challenges. As a matter of fact, diverse leadership and inclusive environments foster innovation, problem-solving skills, produce increased revenue, and decrease CO2 emissions of their organisation faster. This is what she infuses in her practice.

Therefore, Dr Ngomsik does not only strategize on the way to decrease CO2 emissions of businesses, but also on how to increase inherent & acquired diversity among decision makers of any organisation.

She will be accompany by Katrien Rennemeier, CSR/Sustainability expert, co-founder of 'A Little Better', a sustainability advisory & consulting agency. Katrien was raised in various countries throughout Africa until the age of 18. She initially started her career working for NGOs & the UN in Asia & Africa, focusing on minority & migrant topics. She also ran a social profit enterprise aimed at fostering more diversity, inclusion & equity in a multi-racial Belgian society.

Katrien has lived in 3 different continents, which helped her to develop an intimate understanding that corporate behaviour is often causing and driving the exploitation of people, and the destruction of our environment.

That is why 12 years ago she decided to step out of the non-profit world to embark on a mission to try to change corporations from the inside-out and look for ways for them to 'be more a part of the solution – and less a part of the problem - to fostering a fairer, more equal and human- centred future.'

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