Attila Chikan Jr., Alteo Group, CEO
Istvan Salgo, ING Bank Hungary, former CEO, Senior Advisor
The Business Council for Sustainable Development in Hungary (BCSDH) is a CEO-led organization of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment.
Through its members, the Council applies its respected thought leadership and effective advocacy to generate constructive solutions and take shared action.
The Business Council for Sustainable Development in Hungary (BCSDH) is the national partner organization of World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). It was founded in 2007 and has 90 corporate members at the moment. BCSDH is a coalition of CEOs of leading companies which account for around 30% of Hungarian GDP.
The mission of BCSDH
To promote sustainable development among its members and other actors from the Hungarian economy, thereby generating new and innovative thinking which will improve their competitiveness and which should ultimately contribute to promoting the sustainable development of the economy, quality of life and the preservation of environmental and natural resources.
90 companies, generating 30% of Hungarian GDP with 430.000 employees.
The basis of all our activities is our Recommendation for business leaders - The Complex interpretation of Corporate Sustainability document.
Action 2020 Hungary program
Based on WBCSD’s Action 2020 program, BCSDH identified the most important business sustainability areas: climate change, employment, sustainable lifestyles, food and feed and water. We defined 20 macro level goals with the involvement of high-level scientific, NGO and corporate expertise using a deadline of 2020. More than 100 business solutions were already explored and published. During the 5 years of the program nearly 60 companies joined, more than 200 scientific, NGO and corporate professionals were involved and 77 company leaders participated on 19 CEO-roundtables.
Future Leaders Talent Program
The Future Leaders Talent Program is the Hungarian adaptation of the Future Leaders Program of the WBCSD. The aim of the program is to support talented young business leaders to understand the complexity of corporate sustainability and to enable them to incorporate sustainability into their decision-making processes.
The program is unique in Hungary, as participants can learn about ethical operations, strategy and sustainability in a diverse group, from recognized, international experts and also from business leaders, while being able to become deeply acquainted with the mentoring companies. The 8+2 professional days are hosted by member companies. 187 young leaders has already participated by 2019.
For a Sustainable Future Awards
BCSDH established the ‘For a Sustainable Future’ Awards in 2017 with the purpose of recognizing and disseminating to a wide audience the achievements of leaders and companies in the field of sustainability. The goal of the prize is to promote and increase the contribution of business to meeting Sustainable Development Goals.
The BCSDH’s ‘For a Sustainable Future’ Awards is a unique prize to evaluate corporate sustainability solutions and leadership responsibility efforts in a complex way, in cooperation with acknowledged experts.
Applications and nominations are accepted in 3 categories: Business Solutions, Change Leaders, Leading Women
Circular Economy Platform
On 29 November, 2018 the Circular Economy Platform was officially established in Hungary as an initiative of the Business Council for Sustainable Development in Hungary (BCSDH), the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Ministry of Innovation and Technology.
In order to develop and spread the Circular Economy model, collaboration and knowledge sharing are required, with the involvement of businesses, government and science.