The Japanese business community is strongly represented among WBCSD’s membership and plays a leading role in advancing the organization’s work globally.
WBCSD’s 20 Japanese member companies represent a broad cross-section of industries and offer a range of important perspectives that enable WBCSD’s work programs to leverage a variety of pioneering technological know-how and innovation in the field of sustainability in pursuit of its efforts to drive forward transformation across key economic systems.
More broadly, WBCSD works closely with the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren), supporting its efforts to engage the wider Japanese business community around key sustainability initiatives and providing a global platform for emerging examples of Japanese business leadership.
In 2019 the Keidanren and WBCSD jointly released a Japanese edition of WBCSD’s CEO Guide to Human Rights, providing Japanese-speaking business leaders with a narrative and a set of arguments to engage peers in a dialogue on the role of business in ensuring respect for human rights and contributing to realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
WBCSD has also worked closely with the Japanese government on a number of initiatives in recent years. In 2019 the organization collaborated with the Government’s Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI) to co-convene the inaugural TCFD Summit, bringing together over 300 leaders from the business and investment communities with a view to accelerating progress on climate-related financial disclosure. WBCSD also continues to be a strong supporter of and contributor to Prime Minister Abe’s Green Innovation Summit.