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Our collective commitment to stakeholder capitalism is being put to a test at a time that demands bold leadership and action. Together with our members, we are stepping up to the challenge.

WBCSD has both the responsibility and the opportunity to act at this critical point of time. That is why, in consultation with our Executive Committee (ExCo), we have set up a COVID-19 Response Program. WBCSD's call to action to leverage our combined business expertise is centered on three areas and focused projects:

  • Vital Supply Chains - with a focus on short-term supply chain resilience plan, starting with the food system
  • Return to "Normal" Scenarios - with a focus on employee health and business recovery
  • Long-term Impacts - with a focus on COVID-19 vulnerabilities revealed by the crisis & lessons for future resilience and stakeholder capitalism
This is a pivotal moment for business to deploy all its care, critical know-how, reach and resources.

As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, responsible business is responding quickly, taking extraordinary measures to support customers, communities, healthcare providers, researchers, governments and others through this difficult time.

We commend all efforts from WBCSD members and those outside our network to support everyone affected by COVID-19. We also recognize the many companies who are taking similar actions both locally and globally, without making them public.

During these difficult times, it is crucial to support each other, work together and do what business does best: respond fast. It is equally essential to continue our work on sustainable development. The world needs immediate business actions to address the crisis and shape the future. And you can count on WBCSD to help lead these efforts.


A special WBCSD website highlighting business response to COVID-19

The actions listed here go above and beyond the many work-from-home policies and similar steps that have been implemented by companies all over the world. They highlight examples of enterprises putting aside the usual rules of business in these exceptional circumstances and instead taking exceptional steps to address the impact from the coronavirus.


How WBCSD members are responding to the crisis

Whether it’s supporting employees with extra sick leave or bonus payments; manufacturing disinfectant, hand sanitizer or hospital gowns; providing cash flow assistance to small-scale enterprises and retailers; offering free technology worldwide to support workers at home; or setting up funds and donating to relief efforts, WBCSD members around the world are acting quickly in response to the crisis.


Global Network

Around the world, WBCSD Global Network Partners are supporting companies in their network and collating examples of bold leadership in this time of crisis.


Key articles

Read a selection of articles responding to the crisis, including a letter from our President and CEO Pete Bakker, and a call from Maria Mendiluce, interim CEO of We Mean Business.


Funds and institutional partnerships

Business is mobilizing rapidly and partnering with charitable foundations and not-for-profit efforts to fund research into COVID-19 and to deploy support services to people, communities and regions around the world.


Companies around the world

Here you’ll find just some of the examples of how businesses outside the WBCSD network are taking action in response to the coronavirus.


Co-commitments from business

Leaders are using the power of their networks and partnerships to create new initiatives and structures that can respond to the crisis, share best practice and co-create replicable solutions around the world.


Is business walking the talk on stakeholder capitalism?

The commitment to stakeholder capitalism is being tested by the COVID-19 crisis. Is business walking the talk? Read a selection of articles that explore this issue.


In other news

World Business Council for Sustainable Development