Monthly News
World Business Council
for Sustainable Development
May 2018

Earlier this month, climate change experts from business, government and civil society gathered in Bonn, Germany, to check progress towards the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP), or “Paris Rulebook”. The Paris Rulebook is working to operationalize the Paris Agreement and facilitate its implementation. Progress in Bonn was crucial to ensuring that the Paris Rulebook will be completed and adopted as the main outcome of COP24 in Katowice, Poland, this December. If you couldn’t make it to Bonn, check out our Insider Perspective to see what you missed. This isn’t our only Insider Perspective from the past month – you can also read our perspectives on the Institute of Internal Auditors Conference from 9 May and last week's Ninth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9). (Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth)


Welcome to Randstad, Cuestamoras and KDD


We are delighted to welcome Randstad, Cuestamoras and the Kuwaiti Danish Dairy Company (KDD) as three of the most recent companies to join WBCSD. As our first HR sector member company, we are excited to work with Randstad on our upcoming Future of Work project. Cuestamoras, which operates in the health, urban development, hospitality and energy sectors, becomes our 10th Latin American member company, while KDD has the potential to have an enormous influence in scaling up sustainability across the Middle East and beyond.


New data from the Reporting Exchange


Launched in September 2017, the Reporting Exchange is the most comprehensive source of information on sustainability reporting requirements and resources. Earlier this month, we released new data from the Reporting Exchange analyzing differences in environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting between sectors, market maturity levels and national contexts. The report underscores that while sustainability reporting is moving in the right direction, it needs to speed up if we’re to ensure a prosperous and sustainable future. How will you help?


Entering a new era of Human Rights transparency


The business and human rights landscape has evolved rapidly since the launch of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in 2011. How is business responding to this evolution, and what are the best ways for companies to connect with the dynamic landscape of human rights? A new WBCSD insight provides answers to these questions and many more – read the insight here.


Sustainability challenges playing out in cities: Insights in Panorama


As the world becomes more urban, our cities are under increasing pressure to take the lead on sustainability. How have cities, and their businesses, responded to this challenge? On our Panorama podcast this month, Bianca Nijhof of Arcadis and Simon Hansen of C40 Cities answer these questions. Listen on iTunes or via our website. Meanwhile, in a written insight, Byeronie Epstein shines a light on Cape Town and asks why the city is suffering from a water crisis, what action business must take and what lessons should be learned by other global cities.


Have your say on the Social and Human Capital Protocol


Don’t miss your last chance to give feedback on the Social and Human Capital Protocol. We’re closing the comment period on 18 June – but we want to hear from you, so get your comments in! Your input will help strengthen the Protocol to ensure it is business relevant and useful. We are always looking for new members - learn more about the Coalition and have your say on the Protocol.


Learn more about our Redefining Value work


Join our webinar on 3 July (10-11 am CEST or 4-5 pm CEST) for the latest updates on our Redefining Value projects, tools and resources – as well as insights into the latest efforts towards integrating ESG information into decision-making and external disclosure. Register for our webinar here.

Upcoming Events
11 - 12 Jun EAT Forum, Stockholm, Sweden
20 - 21 Jun Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
17 - 18 Jul High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, New York, US
26 - 31 Aug World Water Week, Stockholm, Sweden
6 - 7 Sep WBCSD member meeting in India (on the sideline of CII Sustainability Summit), Delhi, India
22 - 25 Oct WBCSD Council Meeting,Singapore
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