Opening the door to new sustainability opportunities: Rabobank joins WBCSD

Today, Rabobank joins 200 forward-thinking companies as the newest member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).  Rabobank serves nearly 10 million clients in 47 countries and employs 49,000 people. 

Geneva, 19 January 2017: Rabobank’s ongoing commitment to sustainability comes at a critical moment – as the finance sector will be key for implementing the Paris Agreement and transitioning to the low carbon economy. Rabobank’s unique experience in agriculture and farming makes it an impactful participant in the WBCSD’s Climate Smart Agriculture program designed reduce emissions and deliver low carbon farming solutions.  

Wiebe Draijer, CEO of Rabobank: “As a global community we need to step up our game, if we are sincere in sustainably feeding the world population of at least 9 billion people in 2050. Rabobank is already active across all continents to make farmers more resilient and help them produce more food with less impact on the environment. We look forward to amplify our work through the many impactful members of the World Business Council.”

Peter Bakker, President and CEO at WBCSD, said, “The financial services sector will be critical in the transition to a more sustainable world. We are pleased to welcome Rabobank to WBCSD and look forward to working together– especially around sustainable food systems. We hope to see other financial actors step up in 2017 as we work with Rabobank and our 200 member companies to pave the way to a better world.” 

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