WBCSD has released key policy recommendations for COP25 negotiators, ahead of the COP25 meeting in Madrid, Spain (2-13 December). They focus on what is needed from the climate negotiations to put the world on track to achieve the Paris Agreement objectives. In addition, the recommendations urge countries to step up their ambition, for businesses to take leadership action, and include material relating to regarding carbon pricing, resilience, finance, the just transition and nature. Explore more.


Irish business leaders broaden carbon emissions cuts

Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), WBCSD’s Global Network partner in Ireland, has expanded its targets for the next reporting period to include indirect carbon emissions. As a result, 54 business leaders in Ireland have broadened their pledge to reduce carbon emissions by including (for the first time) commitments on business travel, as well as constraints on waste generation and water consumption. Explore more.


A new education program for leading women and sustainability

WBCSD has launched LEAP, a new education project building on the strong foundations of the WBCSD Leading Women Awards. LEAP aims to help women to reach senior positions in their companies and ensure that sustainability is both embedded in their leadership and included in their company strategy. Places are limited and applications close on 31 January 2020. Explore more. Explore more.


It’s time for business leaders to raise their voices for human rights

Throughout November, in the run-up to the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, WBCSD has released a campaign of daily videos: leaders of multinational corporations around the globe are speaking out about human rights issues faced in their business operations and supply chains. So far, this Call to Action for Business Leadership on Human Rights has been endorsed by senior executives of 35 WBCSD member companies. Explore more.


Leading companies endorse WBCSD’s call for a stronger circular bioeconomy

WBCSD has launched a CEO Guide to the Circular Bioeconomy, a call for the shift towards a sustainable, low-carbon, circular bioeconomy. The Guide gives business leaders a clear understanding of the topic and the business opportunities it offers to their company. It is a nature-based solution that addresses five of our greatest environmental priorities: climate change, resource scarcity, biodiversity loss, land-use change and also food loss and waste. Explore more.


Insider perspective: SUN Global Gathering

SUN Movement has organized its biennial Global Gathering in Kathmandu, Nepal with a focus on "nourishing people and planet together". WBCSD used the opportunity to present its recently published white paper “Taking action on nutrition: Addressing the nutrition deficit in agricultural supply chains”. In addition, Diane Holdorf, Managing Director of WBCSD’s Food & Nature Program, spoke on the role of businesses in investing in sustainable practices and nature-based solutions. Explore more.


Measuring and monitoring food waste for healthy people and a healthy planet

About one-third of all food is lost every year but many countries and companies do not know where or why this is taking place. In addition to the environmental benefits, there is a strong financial case for companies to measure and reduce food waste. In this blog, Diane Holdorf, WBCSD’s Managing Director for Food & Nature, highlights the urgent need to measure food waste for real progress towards the SDGs. Explore more.


Making the circular economy business case to your CFO

A company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is a key person that can influence a company’s path towards more circularity. To effectively communicate the business case of a circular economy strategy to CFOs, it is important to speak their language. Brendan Edgerton, Director of WBCSD’s Circular Economy Program, provides insights on how to best approach the CFO and articulate the qualitative benefits of a circular investment in quantitative terms such as cash flow. Explore more.


New guidance brings clarity to non-financial assurance

WBCSD and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) have released new guidance on non-financial assurance. Independent assurance can enhance the credibility and trust of information in company corporate reports, and it can help to increase the confidence of capital providers who use non-financial information to guide their decision-making. The publication is designed to demystify common misconceptions about assurance and help users procure fit-for-purpose assurance services. Explore more.


Collaborative work on ERM-ESG alignment earns UN ISAR Honors promoting sustainability

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has honored WBCSD, the Committee of the Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO), and EY for their collaborative work on integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects into companies’ mainstream enterprise risk management practices. The recognition is for the development of the Applying Enterprise Risk Management to Environmental, Social and Governance-related Risks guidance and ESG-risk workshops. Explore more.


Tire Industry Project publishes new report on environmental performance of tire manufacturing

WBCSD’s Tire Industry Project (TIP) has published its third report on environmental key performance indicators (KPIs) linked to the projects member manufacturing activities during the years of 2009-2018. This report presents an up-to-date vision of the evolution of the sector’s environmental performance for its tire manufacturing operations. It employs both absolute and intensity KPIs that can also be used to assist individual company efforts to improve tire manufacturing environmental performance. Explore more


LEEPing ahead in Xiong’an

The LEEP project has completed another successful workshop in Xiong’an, where WBCSD member companies are working with city authorities to develop the blueprint of a sustainable city. The model will be used nationally to promote high-quality development, high living standards, and a city that is sustainable, low-carbon, smart and green. Explore more.


Member spotlight on

A new Member Spotlight on WBCSD’s website highlights sustainability news from our members. Covering announcements, interviews, feature articles and more, you’ll find it a great resource for learning more about what individual WBCSD member companies are doing. Explore more.


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