WBCSD stands united with the people of Ukraine and condemn the aggression and unprovoked war ordered by Russian leadership. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the violence, especially those working for our members and partners with operations in Ukraine, and those with family and friends there. Our thoughts are also with Russians who stand with bravery against the attack.
Businesses are planning for the medium- to long-term issues escalated by this war. In addition to the immediate humanitarian crisis within Ukraine, the war has plunged global food and energy markets into further turmoil and will drive rising costs and significant increases in food insecurity globally. Business must also anticipate the impact of the refugee crisis and the socio-economic health of the countries currently hosting them.
1. UN Task Forces - In response to the war in Ukraine, we have been invited to engage with the Food and Energy Task Forces as part of the United Nations Global Crisis Response Group formed by the UN Secretary General. Through these task forces, we are providing access to business insights and analytical capabilities, supporting private sector engagement, and mobilizing business action. The following four business actions were brought into discussions at the World Economic Forum in Davos in May:
2. WBCSD’s food & agriculture pathway work on equitable livelihoods - On 29 April we convened the first in a series of discussions and implementation trainings on Migrant Workers and Refugees in times of Conflict and Supplier Engagement, together with the Institute for Human Rights and Business and the International Organization for Migration. The next dialogue will be co-hosted with the Farmer Income Lab, focusing on best procurement practices and it will take place in May. For more information, please contact Ruth Thomas.
3. Supporting Ukraine - Our Global Network partner, CSR Ukraine, has created a selection of vetted charities and foundations in Ukraine that you and your employees can support. More information on this is available below.
If you are considering your next wave of corporate and/or employee giving, then please consider the organizations that our Global Network Partner CSR Ukraine has kindly vetted and recommended as excellent recipients of your aid:
If you or your employees are able and interested in giving to any of the above organizations, please contact Maryna Saprykina, CEO of CSR Ukraine directly, and she will be happy to help you. We thank you in advance for you and your employees’ support.
Sustainability 4 Ukraine: On 21-22 June, GlobeScan, CSR Ukraine, CSR Europe and nearly two dozen partner organizations are jointly organizing a global 24-hour web-a-thon on the future of sustainability to both foster high level discussions at this critical juncture and to raise funds to support civil society and sustainability in Ukraine.
To register for the sessions, please visit - www.sustainability4ua.org/
Read the UN Global Crisis Response Group (GCRG) Second Brief “Global Impact of war in Ukraine on food, energy and finance systems – Brief No. 2”. WBCSD created a business brief for this report, which highlights the key findings of the new UN GCRG report and helps identify six key actions the business community can take now considering the crisis diagnosed by the report. Read the Business Brief.