Climate Policy

A core component of our Climate Policy activities is to foster strong policy signals and economic incentives promoting a race to the top where sustainable solutions can succeed. We actively call for policies that are consistent with ambitious action on climate and enable business-led solutions to scale up and speed up the implementation of the Paris Agreement. We aim to be the global voice of forward-thinking business in influential international forums, particularly in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In the lead up to COP22, WBCSD has developed a targeted list of Top Messages for policy-makers and business leaders. You can download the document here: PDF version

The Challenge

Business has the capability and responsibility to develop and champion solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Many of these solutions could be scaled up if the right regulatory frameworks were in place. The challenge lies in obtaining clear and consistent policies and economic incentives to enable action and investments by business into a low carbon future.

The Business Case

We successfully help create clear and consistent climate policy across industries and geographies through dialogue between business and policy-makers and global collaboration among business leaders. Collaboration at this scale is necessary to ensure inclusive action and ambition at a global level.

Business is leading the transition to a low-carbon economy.  WBCSD is harnessing the power of collaboration to implement solutions at scale. Businesses can go further and faster, when we work together.

The Business Solution

Members of the Climate Policy Working Group come together on a regular basis to shape key messages, share insights and plan for key events where the voice of business must be heard.

The topical issues today include implementation of the Paris Agreement, Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), carbon pricing and Science-Based Targets (SBTs).

As a registered observer of the UNFCCC we provide access to their negotiations throughout the year, most important of which is the annual Conference of the Parties (COP). We collaborate with the We Mean Business coalition to amplify our voice during important events.