Our people

Peter Bakker

President and CEO

Peter Bakker is a distinguished business leader, who since 2012, has led the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) as the President & CEO. WBCSD is the premier global, CEO-led community of over 230 of the world’s leading sustainable businesses working collectively to accelerate the system transformations needed for a net zero, nature-positive, and equitable future. Prior to WBCSD, Peter was the CEO of TNT NV, the global transport, postal and logistics company.

TIME Magazine recently named Peter as one of the Top 100 Climate Leaders in Business. He was also a recipient of the Clinton Global Citizen Award (2009), the Sustainability Leadership Award (2010) and the Prix Voltaire International (2023). He received the royal order Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau in 2018 in recognition of his long-lasting commitment to engaging business in tackling global sustainability issues.

Peter holds several corporate sustainability advisory board positions, including as Director of GenZero, Commissioner of the Business Commission to Tackle Inequality and Member of the Energy Transition Accelerator High-Level Consultative Group.

Advisory roles:

Peter holds a number of advisory board positions:

  • Advisory Board for Integrity and Sustainability: Mercedes-Benz, Member
  • Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) International Green Development Coalition (BRIGC), Convener
  • Building Bridges Foundation, Board Member
  • Business Commission to Tackle Inequality (BCTI), Commissioner
  • Capitals Coalition, Board Member
  • China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), International Advisory Board Member
  • Energy Transition Accelerator High-Level Consultative Group, Member
  • GenZero Board of Directors, Director
  • OECD High-Level External Advisory Panel on Climate and Economic Resilience, Member
  • UBS Sustainability and Impact Forum, Member
  • UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ambassador Against Hunger