What we do

As global business faces new and complex challenges and opportunities, our science-based approach and targeted business solutions aim to scale up business impact.

We target the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through six work programs to achieve systems transformation.

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

Today, more than half the global population lives in cities, and by 2050 more than two-thirds will. City life drives 80% of total global energy and resource demand and 70% of greenhouse gas emissions.

A well-designed city can open the way to WBCSD’s vision of creating a world in which more than nine billion people live well within the limits of the planet, offering resilient, healthy and clean cities for all.

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, Land and Water

Will the world be able to provide healthy, nutritious food and supply goods from agricultural production to a population over nine billion by 2050, while sustaining and regenerating ecosystems and natural resources? Projects in our Food, Land & Water Program develop solutions to address key challenges of food & land use systems: food and nutrition security, smallholder livelihoods, natural resource efficiency, including water management, climate change impact and adaptation - using comprehensive approaches and new technologies.

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 external disclosure, eventually transforming the financial system to reward the most sustainable companies.