Gilles Vermot Desroches
After first experiences as president of an NGO and within a Minister cabinet in France, Gilles Vermot Desroches joined Schneider Electric in 1998. His primary mission was to create and develop the Schneider Electric Foundation. Three years later, he took over the role of the new global Sustainable Development department. This new entity defines and deploys the environmental, ethical and social policies of the company, as well as developing awareness of Schneider Electric employees and other stakeholders to sustainable development issues. Desroches has participated in projects such as the ethical guidelines of the company (2001), the creation of the sustainability performance score card (Planet & Society – 2005) or the Access to Energy Programme (BipBop – 2009). Desroches is President of 100 Chances 100 Emplois, Vice-President of the Forum Français des Amis du Pacte Mondial. He is member of Conseil National du Développement Durable et du Grenelle de l’environnement, member of the EpE (Entreprises pour l’environnement), and member of ORSE (Observatoire de la Responsabilité Sociétale des entreprises). He is also Vice-President of the Global Compact France and President of the COP Climate Working Group at MEDEF.