Best of the year – 2018

2018 has been another busy year and at WBCSD so we decided to give you a “best of” the key outputs and events we have worked on over the last 12 months.


A Champion of Change

Peter Bakker reflects on Paul Polman's efforts both as CEO of Unilever and as Chair of WBCSD.

Peter Bakker appointed Officer the Order of Orange Nassau

in recognition of his long-lasting commitment to engaging business in tackling global sustainability issues.

Highlights - WBCSD Council Meeting 2018

See the highlights from the Singapore Council Meeting and the Leading Women Awards.

Circular Economy:


Factor10 was launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2018.

SCG Sustainable Development Symposium

The SCG Sustainable Development Symposium was held in Thailand: all sectors were invited to collaborate in driving a circular economy.

Circular Economy publications

2018 was a very productive year and a series of Circular Economy publications were made available.

Cities and Mobility:

Transforming Urban Mobility

The Transforming Urban Mobility project brings business and cities together to implement system-level and integrated initiatives to steer urban mobility systems transformation towards a safer, cleaner, more accessible and more efficient future.


SiMPlify joined five key initiatives to support policy makers in decarbonizing transport.

Science-Based Targets for Buildings

The Science-Based Targets for Buildings (SBT4buildings) project provides solutions for companies in the building and construction sector who want to set carbon reduction targets in line with their own ambitions and Science-based Targets initiative (SBTi) requirements, working to decarbonize the entire value chain.

Climate and Energy:

Going further, Faster

At COP24 in Poland, we released “Going further, Faster,” our 2018 progress report on the Low-Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative (LCTPi). This report marks the next step in business’ continued drive to scale up climate action and impact.

New in-depth guide

We released a new in-depth guide for policymakers on carbon pricing as we believe that carbon pricing is one of the most efficient means of driving the transition to a low-carbon world.

Natural Climate Solutions

Recent studies show that natural climate solutions could offer up to 37% of the emissions reductions needed between now and 2030 to limit global warming to 2°C. Our Natural Climate Solutions project (and the award-winning video) aims to help business unlock this untapped potential for addressing the climate.

Food, Land and Water:

The Business Case for Investing in Soil Health

A new report The Business Case for Investing in Soil Health” which shows how companies around the world are beginning to address the issue of soil health and identifies the next steps for scaling-up action and investment in soil health.

Food Loss and Waste Value Calculator

FReSH launched the Food Loss and Waste Value Calculator that allows to instantly estimate the value of food loss and waste in terms of the nutrition being lost and in terms of environmental impacts. 

CEO Guide to Water

The CEO Guide to Water lays out the business case for water, outlining physical and non-physical water-related risks and presents significant business opportunities connected to water, including increased resilience and market growth.


Chemical Sector SDG Roadmap

The Chemical Sector SDG Roadmap is an initiative led by a selection of leading chemical companies and industry associations, convened by WBCSD, to explore, articulate and help realize the potential of the chemical sector to leverage its influence and innovation to contribute to the SDG agenda.

The Good Life Goals campaign

WBCSD, Futerra and a range of other partners have launched a fresh and fun perspective from which to approach action on SDGs: the Good Life Goals campaign - personal actions that everyone can take to support each of the 17 SDGs. The Good Life Goals can provide companies with valuable clarity into the ways the SDGs link to the actions, activities and lifestyles of their customers and where products and services fit into that picture.

High-Level Political Forum

WBCSD and its member companies again played an active role across a variety of key dialogues during the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, the UN’s central platform for follow-up and review of the implementation of the SDGs.

Redefining Value:

Applying enterprise risk management to environmental, social and governance-related risks

We launched the ESG Enterprise Risk Management guidance with COSO: Applying enterprise risk management to environmental, social and governance-related risks. This guidance is intended to bring ESG risks and opportunities into a clearer focus for mainstream business and other organizations around the world.

Social & Human Capital Coalition

We established the Social & Human Capital Coalition, including a Board in place and public consultation on the draft Protocol.

ISAR Honors

The Reporting Exchange was awarded “ISAR Honors” by the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for its contributions to progressing sustainability and SDG reporting.

Cement Sustainability Initiative:

Global Cement Technology Roadmap

Low-carbon transition in the cement industry.

12th Cement Sustainability Initiative Forum

CSI Members, representatives from governments and academia, as well as international experts from different industries gathered in Chicago for the 12th CSI Forum,  the most important sustainability event for the cement and concrete industry.

Net impact assessment of biodiversity in the cement sector

CSI has developed a methodology for calculating the net impact assessment of biodiversity in the cement sector, a way to identify, measure, value, compare and set targets in relation to environmental, social and/or economic impacts, both positive and negative, that a project has over a period of time.

Forest Solutions Group:

Forest Products Sector Guide to the Natural Capital Protocol

The Forest Products Sector Guide to the Natural Capital Protocol was developed by FSG on behalf of the Natural Capital Coalition.  It offers a standardized decision-making framework to support businesses along the forest products value chain in identifying, measuring, and valuing their impacts and dependencies on natural capital.

SDG Sector Roadmap Guidelines

FSG is leading the development of an SDG roadmap for the forest sector, based on WBCSD’s SDG Sector Roadmap Guidelines.

New FSG Co-Chair

Stora Enso’s Noel Morrin was named FSG Co-Chair.

Tire Industry Project:

State of knowledge report

TIP has developed a state of knowledge report that takes an in-depth account of the countries around the world that produce the largest numbers of end-of-life tires to identify the most promising recovery routes for stakeholders.   

Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber

Stakeholders launch the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber, an independent platform to lead improvements in the socio-economic and environmental performance of the natural rubber value chain.

The tire industry has backed new standards for better ecolabelling

The tire industry has backed new standards for better ecolabelling: first-of-their-kind Product Category Rules improve standardization, transparency of tire life-cycle environmental impact.