A clear-eyed view of the deeply disrupted decade ahead

WBCSD President & CEO Peter Bakker examines what the COVID-19 pandemic means for the decade ahead. What vulnerabilities has it exposed? What trends is it accelerating? And what must business address as it builds back better from this crisis?


Updates on WBCSD’s business response to COVID-19

Updates on the new WBCSD projects that have been launched in response to COVID-19 are available on the special COVID-19 website. We have also just launched our first action update on food systems security, focusing on the rapid response platform and key stress points for action. To read it, click here. And please share your examples of best practices for Returning To the New Normal: employee health. Our global event series is continuing and you can check out the full calendar for event series to register for upcoming sessions and access the recording and takeaways from each presentation.


Preventing a COVID-19 food crisis: the role and opportunities for business

Diane Holdorf, WBCSD Managing Director, and Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), discuss the importance of preventing a food crisis stemming from COVID-19. As the world begins to design recovery packages and commit billions of dollars to guide the recovery, it is critical that policymakers, civil society and business increase the resilience of vital supply chains – such as food, agriculture and health sectors – to prevent future shocks and secure a healthy future for all.


Maria Mendiluce appointed CEO of We Mean Business

WBCSD congratulates Maria Mendiluce, our Managing Director Climate & Energy, on her new appointment as permanent CEO for the We Mean Business coalition. Maria has been steering the coalition through the uncharted waters presented by the coronavirus pandemic, and in this new role she will lead the coalition’s response to adapting to its strategy in the wake of COVID-19.


Over 150 global corporations call for a net-zero recovery from COVID19

On 19 May, 155 companies including many WBCSD members— with a combined market capitalization of over US$ 2.4 trillion and representing over 5 million employees — joined the largest-ever UN-backed CEO-led climate advocacy effort, by signing a statement urging governments around the world to align their COVID-19 economic aid and recovery efforts with the latest climate science.


From premiums to greeniums

Co-authored by Maria Mendiluce, WBCSD Managing Director, Carine de Boissezon, Chief Sustainability Officer EDF and Keryn James, Group Chief Executive ERM, this article sets out why investments fostering more sustainable outcomes should and will be favored by investors, bankers, regulators and consumers in the COVID-19 recovery phase.


Updating the WASH pledge in the time of COVID-19

As COVID-19 highlights how hand-washing and good hygiene are a luxury in many parts of the world, WBCSD and the WASH4Work coalition have updated the Pledge for access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). There is a compelling economic case for businesses to demonstrate leadership by addressing this situation. Ensuring proper hygiene and regular and thorough hand washing is a low-cost but one of the most effective methods to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus at the workplace.


Nature is everyone’s business: Register now for the global leadership event

On 15 June, Business for Nature - alongside the World Economic Forum, WBCSD, ICC, UN Global Compact and the IUCN - is hosting the first major global leadership event to discuss nature and its vital role in building a resilient future in a post-coronavirus world. The virtual event will be hosted by Paul Polman, Co-founder and Chair of IMAGINE and Tian Wei, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and news anchor.


Technology and the workplace: putting people first

Over 20 global member companies of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have collaborated to develop shared business principles aimed at putting people first when it comes to the impact of technology on how work is carried out by direct employees, contract and temporary workers, and workers throughout the supply chain. This includes automation, digitization, AI, machine learning, ICT, platform technologies, IoT, virtual & augmented reality, 3D/4D printing, and more.


New resources to help boards in their decision-making processes

With the current pandemic shock and growing demand to consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects, boards need to be equipped for today’s challenges. To help, WBCSD has launched a free online suite of resources for board directors to improve their decision-making processes to protect and preserve long-term value by considering the current pandemic and ESG aspects. It also highlights two databases developed in collaboration with the Embedding Project of leading position statements and corporate sustainability goals to help companies set ESG position statements and credible goals.


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