The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a CEO-led organization of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment. Through its members, the Council applies its respected thought leadership and effective advocacy to generate constructive solutions and take shared action to drive business action on sustainability in the coming decade and beyond. The WBCSD aims to be the leading voice of business that will support companies in scaling up true value-added business solutions and in creating the conditions where more sustainable companies will succeed and be recognized.
Member companies are represented on the Council by the CEO or a board level executive. Council Members drive the strategic direction of the WBCSD and of individual projects where they can join or lead Cluster boards. This Council delegates the management of the organization to the Executive Committee. Members of the Executive Committee, including the Chairman and three Vice Chairmen, are elected for a two-year period by the Council. Responsibility for the day-to-day management of WBCSD affairs lies with the President based at the Geneva headquarters and assisted by a staff secretariat. Council Members are supported by a Liaison Delegate, usually a senior vice president or similar and typically global head of sustainability.
We also benefit from a Global Network of 65+ independent national and regional business councils and partner organizations, involving thousands of business leaders, two-thirds in developing countries and emerging economies.
The Council meets annually to decide on the organization’s priorities and discuss strategic issues connected to sustainable development. These meetings provide a forum where business leaders can analyze and debate views and experiences on all aspects of sustainable development.The Executive Committee meets three times a year. An annual Liaison Delegate meeting takes place in each spring in Montreux, Switzerland, providing delegates with the opportunity to catch up on the latest sustainable development issues and network with their peers. Each fall the Council Meeting brings together Council Members (CEOs and equivalent), senior executives and 65+ Global Network partners.