Updated on January 19, 2023

Mobility and Humanity... vast subjects!

By Shana Devleschoudere
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Philippe Dehennin, President of FEBIAC, and Francine Messinne, partner of the law firm CEW&Partners, are convinced: anticipating the immediate future is a priority!

Philippe Dehennin, President of FEBIAC, and Francine Messinne, partner of the law firm CEW&Partners, are convinced: anticipating the immediate future is a priority!

This week, we finish our exciting series on the future of tomorrow and the Next2Be collection that is the new medium. And to end on a high note, we once again present two players with very different professions but who are already well involved in the future. That is, tomorrow!

Francine Messinne, partner of the law firm CEW&Partners

If there is one sector that needs to anticipate the future, it is the automotive industry. And if we extrapolate a little, that of mobility. This is why the Belgian and Luxembourg Federation of the Automobile and Cycle Industry (Febiac) had to be a partner of the Next2Be project.
Febiac's immediate future revolves around two major challenges: the climate challenge and the improvement of mobility, with the decongestion of large cities.
The Federation is well aware of this. Here is what Philippe Dehennin, its President, has to say about it: "It would not be honest to say that the elimination of the car would be the only horizon for the mobility policy of cities. However, public managers must realize that not everyone is able to travel by bicycle, on foot, by bus, streetcar or metro. Cars will continue to have their place in cities. To ease congestion, manufacturers are engaging in new technologies. More energy-efficient cars, connected and soon autonomous vehicles, communication and data technology: everything will be increasingly linked, opening up a vast field of new possibilities. Technology and its developments will therefore be paramount. But Febiac believes that a collective effort is essential: "In return, cities themselves must invest in data to facilitate the intelligent combination of different modes of transport, based on a real political will to make them work in harmony. We need to remove all the political and technical obstacles to co-modality.
As for sustainability criteria, Febiac explains: "The automotive industry is the one that invests the most in research and development of all sectors. Every manufacturer is committed to the sustainability of supply chains, environmental protection in factories, recycling of end-of-life vehicles or responsible data processing. But the main focus remains on the road to zero-emission driving and the significant increase in the share of electrified vehicles. The manufacturers are ensuring that the global battery production network is supplied as far as possible in an ethical manner and with state-of-the-art technology.
While some people see ecology as the great challenge of tomorrow, others prefer to "invest" in people today. And this is the case of the law firm CEW&Partners. "A philosophy motivated by the evolution of the business world", insists Francine Messinne, CEW partner, before adding "We observe an intensification of the rhythm and the pressure which weigh on companies and their leaders. Consumers and business partners are demanding faster and faster service, lower prices and a response to societal and environmental challenges. Reconciling these expectations is a challenge, especially as shorter working hours are gaining momentum. In a world where entire sectors have to reinvent themselves in the face of the emergence of disruptive players, new regulations or innovative technologies, companies have to show anticipation, flexibility, innovation and seize opportunities.
This is why the law firm, located on Avenue Louise in Brussels, sees its development in four areas: "The direct and trusting relationship with our clients, which is central for us. Our ability to remain at the forefront of developments, not only legal but also technological (blockchain, fintechs...) or societal. Internally, on the atmosphere and solidarity that characterize us and allow everyone to grow professionally and personally. And finally, on our involvement in the community: support for artistic and environmental projects, skills sponsorship, teaching in universities, etc.
More than ever, entrepreneurs can no longer take a wait-and-see attitude... You can't wait for tomorrow to do what you can do today! The future is built in the present. Discover it in the Next2Be interview collection, the new reference for those who believe that "The future is now! Next2Be is on sale in all good bookshops.
In the meantime, this weekend, don't wait until Sunday night to enjoy it. The warrior's rest starts on Friday, no matter what time it is, as long as the week's hunting was good...