Can business be a positive force to solve global environmental and social issues? We say, “Yes” - and we’re backing it up with Action2020. It’s the roadmap for how business can positively influence environmental and social trends while strengthening their own resilience to issues like climate change, demographic dynamics and skills shortages. Based on the latest scientific consensus, Action2020 sets an agenda for business to take action on sustainable development to 2020 and beyond.

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Action2020 Business Solutions are:

Measurable, so we know they are making a difference.

Scalable, so they can have a meaningful impact on the world.

Replicable, so they can be applied by many companies, in multiple sectors, regions and countries.

Beyond business as usual, so businesses and governments begin to work – and collaborate – differently.

Good for business, so they have a commercial logic that contributes to the broader good and to the bottom line.

We understand that science-based targets are critical for accelerating the transition to a sustainable world.

In 2012, we adopted the Stockholm Resilience Center’s planetary boundaries framework to define nine key priority areas necessary for reaching Vision 2050. Each focus area is built around specific social and environment targets that must be achieved in the transition to a sustainable world.

These targets, or “must haves,” form the strategic focus of WBCSD’s working group clusters and of Action2020. (Social Impact, Sustainable Lifestyles, Climate and Energy, Water, Ecosystems and Landscape Management, and Safe and Sustainable Materials)

Each cluster serves as a dynamic space for WBCSD members and employees to connect, research, develop and implement the solutions needed for a sustainable world. Members work together in or across various clusters to coordinate, exchange ideas and uncover important sustainability solutions for business, society and the environment.

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WBCSD Council Meeting 2018

22 - 25 October, 2018,

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73rd UN General Assembly

18 September - 5 October, 2018
, New York City, NY


3 - 14 December, 2018
, Katowice, Poland

Liaison Delegate Meeting 2019

1 - 4 April, 2019
, Montreux, Switzerland

WBCSD Council Meeting 2019

14 - 17 October, 2019
, Lisbon, Portugal
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10 May 2014

Action 2020 Infographic

2 Apr 2014

Action2020 Overview