Established in 1997, BCSD Brazil integrates the WBCSD Global Network, representing approximately 70 major business groups with revenues equivalent to 40% of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP), responsible for approximately 1 million direct jobs and an even larger number of indirect jobs. The BCSD Brazil mission is to promote the practical transformation of industries, markets, companies and professionals, joining business and society for a sustainable country.It is the first institution in Brazil to address sustainability using the “Triple Bottom Line” concept, which proposes that business must operate in alignment with economic, social and environmental aspects. In 1997 CEBDS was responsible for publishing Brazil’s 1st Sustainability Report.
In order to raise awareness and mobilize companies to broaden this vision, CEBDS has joined forces with the most renowned academic institutions and non-governmental organizations. It represents companies in their dealings with governments, not only to defend the specific interests of their members, but especially to build a comprehensive sustainable development policy for the benefit of Brazilian society.
To accomplish this mission, BCSD Brazil’s objectives and strategic direction are focused in four value proposals:
1. Practice Transformation:
Provide tools and methodologies that transform the management and operation of organizations.
2. Advocacy and Networking:
Influence public policy and to act in the network to ensure an enabling environment for business sustainability.
3. Cutting Edge Concepts:
Being at the forefront of concepts and practices that leverage corporate sustainability and ensure competitive advantage for members.
4. Educator and Trainer of Expertise:
Provide training in corporate sustainability and information and knowledge to society.
Beyond institutional representation, there are two main types of activities, which include the Working Groups and the Projects.
Other activities include: