What we do

By 2025, WBCSD’s success will be defined by the commitment of 250 diverse and influential companies taking actions that enable 9+ billion people to live well within the boundaries of the planet.

WBCSD builds impactful coalitions and networks that:

  • Facilitate the sharing of knowledge
  • Enable and accelerate the adoption of standards and tools
  • Create advocacy inputs for common policy asks

These, in turn, allow members to accelerate the transformation of major economic systems, in line with Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Climate Agreement and Vision 2050.

Member companies and WBCSD are accelerating the development of business solutions for challenges with energy, food systems, nature, living spaces, mobility, circular economy, and social impacts. WBCSD’s unique collaborative platform enables members to transform their value chains and, with innovative approaches to integrated performance management, risk management and purpose-driven disclosure, create new market opportunities, resilience, and attract lower cost of capital than companies which take no action.

    Circular Economy

    The future of business is circular, and there’s no room for waste in it. Factor 10, WBCSD's new circular economy program, aims to bring circularity into heart of business leadership and practice.

    Our goal is to build a critical mass of engagement within and across business to move the circular economy to deliver and scale solutions needed to build a sustainable world. 

    In order to reach Vision 2050 in which not a particle of waste exists, eco-efficiency of materials must improve by a factor of 10. This target was previously referenced by the Factor10 Institute in 1994 when they called for the ten-fold improvement in resource efficiency.

    Cities & Mobility

    More than half of the global population lives in cities, and it is projected that over the next two decades over 1 million people will move to cities every week. To reach the Sustainable Development Goals in cities provides a significant business opportunity estimated at 3.7tn USD by 2030, in the areas of housing, building efficiency, mobility, water and sanitation. Businesses are developing many solutions that can support urban sustainability, but they need a strategic engagement process to understand cities’ needs and place their solutions in a holistic context.

    Climate & Energy

    Combating climate change and transforming the energy system are core challenges on the path to a sustainable future for business, society and the environment. The Paris Agreement has sent a decisive and global signal that the start of the transition to a thriving, clean economy is inevitable, irreversible and irresistible.

    Our Climate & Energy Program facilitates interaction on cutting-edge climate and energy topics between WBCSD members, their peers and stakeholders as they address critical industry issues and share best practices and solutions.

    Food & Nature

    Economic systems are outstripping the resources of the planet. Diets are resulting in both over- and under-nutrition. Humanity’s future depends on an urgent reset – the creation of systems that support healthy people and a healthy planet. WBCSD’s Food & Nature Program leads business efforts to accelerate the much-needed system transformation in the areas of food, nature and water. We do this by bringing leadership standards and tools, advocacy and projects across the value chain – from production to consumption – which deliver impact at scale where the urgent agendas of climate, nature and food systems intersect.

    People

    Our current society is characterized by a range of dynamic shifts and evolutions. We are faced with a world that is polarizing, a world that is facing risks and opportunities in the way we work, a world that is on the move and a world in which people are living beyond their means. The People program provides solutions that support companies in ensuring that they remain in tune with the needs, rights, goals and aspirations of society against the backdrop of this rapidly evolving landscape.

    Redefining Value

    Redefining Value helps companies measure and manage risk, gain competitive advantage and seize new opportunities by understanding environmental, social and governance (ESG) information.

    We do this by building collaborations and developing tools, guidance, case studies, engagement and education opportunities to help companies incorporate ESG performance into mainstream business and finance systems.

    Our goal is to improve decision-making and externaldisclosure, eventually transforming the financial system to reward the most sustainablecompanies.

    Sector Project

    Bringing together key players in the same sector under one platform, to advance sustainability across the entire sector. These projects include the Chemical GroupForest Solutions Group (FSG),  Global Agribusiness Alliance (GAA) and Tire Industry Project (TIP).

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