Monthly News
World Business Council
for Sustainable Development
November 2018

Peter Bakker appointed Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau


Peter Bakker, President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), was today ordained Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau, in recognition of his long-lasting commitment to engaging business in tackling global sustainability issues. Peter received the decoration on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary celebrations of Nyenrode Business University, from the Mayor of Stichtse Vecht, on behalf of HM King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands.


Leading Women Awards


At our Council member Meeting in Singapore, we were proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 Leading Women Awards. In a ceremony sponsored by Firmenich, we heard from these women who are business leaders and how they are working to achieve the SDGs.


WBCSD wins Global Sustainability Film Award


And the winner is... WBCSD’s short film, “The Natural Solution!” Honored to win the Judge’s Award at the 2018 tve Global Sustainability Film Awards - a competition for films that powerfully portray solutions for sustainability. Did you know that the world could blow past 1.5°C of warming as soon as 2040 unless we implement solutions now? Natural climate solutions could capture 37% of the emissions reductions needed & can be rolled out today.


Global Agri-business Alliance announces new Chair


In Singapore, the Global Agribusiness Alliance (GAA) announced that the CEO of Phoenix, Mr Gaurav Dhawan, the world’s second largest rice trader, is to become its new Chair from 2019. The GAA collectively addresses sustainability challenges affecting agri supply chains and helps to improve resilience of farmers across the world.


Health and sustainability go hand-in-hand – lessons from Novartis


Novartis shared their experience in implementing their newly-released sustainability strategy to achieve economic and global health progress while cutting greenhouse gas emissions across their supply chain.


Is technology a game-changer for human rights in corporate value chains?


In this Panorama piece, we explore how emerging tech-based tools and instruments hold the potential to raise the bar when it comes to embedding respect for human rights in company operations and along value chains - ultimately potentially improving the lives of millions.


Insight on World Toilet Day 2018


Last Monday 19 November was World Toilet Day and WBCSD participated in an event in Geneva, organized by the Toilet Board Coalition (TBC) in partnership with Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and SDG Lab to highlight the role of businesses in scaling-up sanitation solutions.


Paris, naturally!


It’s Natural Capital Week in Paris, a series of events advancing the agenda of business and government decision-making, assessment and policies around nature. WBCSD is excited to be part of a new EU-funded campaign, We Value Nature, and we’ll lead business capacity building starting in 2019. We’re also announcing the transfer of our Natural Capital Protocol Toolkit to MIT’s Check it out.


The Reporting Exchange wins ISAR Honors for progressing sustainability and SDG reporting


The Reporting Exchange has been awarded the top ISAR Honors – a new initiative launched by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) - for progressing the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) and SDG information in companies’ reporting processes. This award comes a year after the launch of the platform which was developed in collaboration between WBCSD, the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) and Ecodesk and is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore foundation.


The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures needs for your help


The TCFD is busily preparing a status report on climate-related disclosure in 2019 and want to hear from you. They’ve asked us to invite you to take their survey on how you’re implementing the TCFD recommendations. This is your chance to provide valuable insight into the TCFD process, don’t miss it. Please share your responses by 6 December. For more on our work with the TCFD, explore our Preparer Forums.


Just launched: a new policy web-tool for low-carbon fuels


We’re excited to launch the new below50 policy webtool – a resource offering key insights into local policies that increase the use of low-carbon fuels and drive greater climate ambition. Find out more about how policy can encourage the use and development of below50 fuels.


Europe’s largest corporate renewable energy procurement event takes place in Europe


Last week, 800 corporate renewable energy buyers, developers and stakeholders gathered in Amsterdam at RE-Source 2018, Europe's leading corporate renewable energy procurement event. Every year, RE-Source brings together key players from the energy sector to work towards moving the number of active corporate renewable energy buyers from 100 to 100,000. WBCSD, one of RE-Source’s key founders, was there representing the voice of business in pushing corporate renewable sourcing.


Join us for a webinar with GRI on the revised versions of GRI 303 and GRI 403


Join us for a GRI webinar that will highlight the launch of the revised versions of GRI 303: Water and Effluents and GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety. These revised standards represent best practice in water stewardship and occupational health and safety management and reporting. They are available for download on the GRI Standards website. The webinars will take place on Thursday, 6 December at 10 am and 3 pm Geneva time. You can register for a webinar here: Morning session / Afternoon session

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