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.
We envision a world in which business adds value through water. To achieve this, business must accelerate actions on water, thriving as they adapt and evolve, managing water-related risks and seizing water-related business opportunities. This will drive positive social and environmental change at the base, where business collaborates with multiple stakeholders committed to pursuing a common agenda.
Our CEO Guide to Food System Transformation identified seven pathways where business must lead to drive system transformation and ensure delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement. We address climate resilience and mitigation, nature and biodiversity loss, livelihoods and human rights, and nutrition and health.
WBCSD’s recently launched Vision 2050 refresh provides 9 clear pathways for action, and nature underpins all of them. COVID-19 has also highlighted the planetary emergency and the close connections between economies, human health, wellbeing, and nature. To achieve out vision of 9+ billion people living well within planetary boundaries, we must ensure that nature is protected, restored, and used sustainably.
Enabling services ensure that Food and Nature program members and projects benefit from knowledge and relationships developed in the broader external operating environment. Multi-stakeholder engagement and partnership are increasingly important in today’s interdependent and complex world. Policy and finance are two enablers that positively support the impact of our work.
We work with businesses, partners and policy-makers to provide a clear and actionable path to being nature positive by 2030 and restoring nature by 2050. We create and host coalitions and projects to promote policy recommendations, develop guidance and contribute to science-based targets and frameworks, develop and align business solutions, mobilize business leadership, create awareness and enable knowledge sharing.
Agricultural and food production, distribution and consumption, and land use are key to achieving the SDGs. A focus on rural development and investment in agriculture are powerful tools to end poverty and hunger and achieve sustainable development. Nature action and sustainable water management also play a major role in combating climate change and in regenerating and preserving ecosystems.