We CAN create a world in which more than 9 billion people live well, by 2050

We recently launched Vision 2050: Time to Transform. It’s a comprehensive framework for business action in line with the urgency of the challenges we face: the climate emergency; nature in crisis; mounting inequality. We want it to inspire companies to seize the opportunities that transformation holds, but also to be realistic about what it will take to drive change at the scale and rate required for a world where 9+ billion people live well, within planetary boundaries. In this insight, our colleague Filippo Veglio shares the human focus of Vision 2050, starting with the handful of fundamental foundations for that we need to realize for living well?

This blog is the first of a series that WBCSD will be sharing this year, exploring Vision 2050 in more detail.


Leading tire manufacturers launch sustainability Roadmap

The members of WBCSD’s Tire Industry Project (TIP) have launched a Roadmap to accelerate tire value-chain impact on the SDGs. Sustainability Driven: Accelerating Impact with the Tire Sector SDG Roadmap, was produced by the 11 member companies of TIP in consultation with value-chain stakeholders. The Roadmap outlines how the tire sector can contribute to the SDGs whilst navigating the transition to a low-carbon, resilient and resource-efficient economy.


International Energy Agency ‘Net Zero by 2050 report’—Business summary

The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) newly published report presents a comprehensive roadmap for the global energy sector to reach net zero emissions by 2050, while ensuring universal energy access and economic growth. This summary prepared by WBCSD highlights the key actions which IEA presents to transform global energy consumption and production between now and 2050.


WBCSD supports the new Climate Action Pathway for Industry

Under the leadership of the High-Level Climate Champions, last week the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action launched the updated Industry pathway. The pathway provides a roadmap for countries and non-state actors, such as business, to identify actions needed by 2021, 2025, 2030 and 2040 to deliver a zero-carbon world in time. WBCSD played a lead role in coordinating the delivery of the new Industry Pathway with the UNFCCC, the Climate Champions Team and major stakeholders.


Scaling the e-mobility transition: climate-related financial disclosure and the automotive sector

Leading auto companies dive into climate-related risks, opportunities, metrics and scenarios in our latest Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) Preparer Forum report including decarbonization targets, illustrative scenario analysis and risk assessment considering the enabling conditions for e-mobility.


The innovative mobility landscape: The case of Mobility as a Service

In partnership with the International Transport Forum (ITF), we will soon launch a report on the current and future context for urban mobility, with a focus on Mobility as a Service (MaaS) as a means to address sustainability challenges.


What does investor relations have to do with sustainability?

Read insights into how to build trust around sustainability and value, the opportunities for investor relations managers to lead sustainable communications with financial markets and what tools and guidance exist in this article by Joss Tantram, Director in the Redefining Value Program, in the latest edition of the Center for Corporate Reporting (CCR) Reporting Times.


How business can be part of the solution to solving our nature and climate crises.

While business are increasingly recognizing nature’s essential role in supporting human wellbeing and health, we are still outstripping nature’s ability to supply the services on which we all depend. This blog by our colleagues Nadine McCormick and James Smith is part of a series presenting business perspectives on climate and nature issues to raise awareness about the challenges, opportunities and actions for business to address the climate recovery and nature loss. .


The Climate-Nature Nexus: Implications for the financial sector

A new report from the Finance for Biodiversity Initiative (F4B) details why and how climate and nature impacts must be considered together, and not in isolation. The findings laid out in the report assert that a future that deals with both the nature and biodiversity crises will be very different to one that deals with climate alone..


What stops the rubber industry from being sustainable?

In this blog published on Mongabay, Stefano Savi, Platform Director of the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (hosted by WBCSD), delves into the challenges and opportunities facing rubber producers and actors of the supply chain.


“Voices from the Field” blog series

South African farmer Nono Sekhoto highlights the importance of youth inclusion in agriculture as the UN Food Systems Summit approaches. The article was developed in partnership with the Just Rural Transition, CCAFS, Wageningen University & Research’s Farming Systems Ecology Group.


We need to listen in order to be heard - Communication in the forest sector

In this blog, Susan Brunner, from Mondi, explains the important and often difficult role of communication in building public awareness, support and trust in the forest sector. This is the first of a series of blogs from the members of WBCSD’s Forest Solutions Group (FSG) that will present diverse perspectives on the forest sector’s many connections with key global development issues.


Partnership with Raconteur: A special edition on "sustainable innovation"

We are pleased to announce our partnership with Raconteur on a special-edition "Sustainable Innovation" report, due to be published in The Sunday Times on 27 June. The report will look at how industries and corporations are taking action on climate change to meet the SDGs and net-zero targets. Innovation across supply chain, technology and business practices will be required to facilitate mass-scale transformation. If you'd like to become involved and feature in the report, please contact Sophie Freeman at

Welcome to our new WBCSD members

  • Dentsu, the Japanese global advertising and digital agency, joins WBCSD
  • Infineum, a specialty chemicals company whose purpose is to create a sustainable future through innovative chemistry, joins WBCSD


Member spotlights

Check out our spotlight on members' activities and announcements:

  • Over 200 million tons: BMW Group sets ambitious goal to reduce CO2 emissions by 2030
  • EDP reinforces ambition to be 100% green by 2030 with new brand positioning
  • Evonik launches new whitepaper: Protecting freshwater with amino-acid enriched animal feed
  • Mitsubishi Corporation and South Pole announce development of new facility to scale up the next generation of carbon removals
  • Trane Technologies commits $100 Million and 500,000 volunteer hours to building sustainable futures for underrepresented populations


Global Network news

  • Australia: Net-zero criteria set the course to transition for Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia members
  • Brazil: Becoming water-smart: Co-optimizing solutions in water and agriculture report
  • China: WBCSD launches Chinese version of Vision 2050: Time to Transform
  • Finland: FIBS celebrates its 20th anniversary
  • Indonesia: Febriany Eddy, Vice President of Indonesia BCSD, appointed as CEO of PT Vale Indonesia
  • Ireland: 45 of Ireland’s largest companies sign up to ELEVATE pledge to improve diversity and inclusivity in Irish workplaces


Upcoming events

The Business and Finance Journey to Kunming: We are part of the solution – Event on 6 & 7 June
The Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment, in collaboration with the CBD Secretariat and partners, including WBCSD and Business for Nature, are organizing a two-day event focusing on the business and finance sectors. The goal is to to strengthen the engagement with the private sector and to call for ambitious commitments and concrete action to support the upcoming Global Biodiversity Framework to be adopted at COP15. Please note that you will have to download the Huawei Platform app in order to join this event.

Free workshops: implementing nature-based solutions for disaster and climate resilience for business
Join our series of workshops starting 17 June to address the “what, why and how” of business engagement with nature-based solutions built in collaboration with IUCN, UNEP, PEDRR, We Value Nature and Oppla. We´ll kick off with the business case for nature-based solutions for disaster and climate resilience - make sure to register as places are limited!

Circularity 21, 15-17 June
Join us at the largest online convening of professionals building the circular economy. WBCSD will participate in three sessions: Circular Electronics: Designing for Next Life and New Models; Tools of the Trade: Circular Standards and Metrics; and Interactive Demos: Tools of the Trade.

Circular Transition Indicators (CTI) Online training – 15 & 17 June
Our next CTI online training will offer a deep dive into the circular economy and the new version of CTI framework and online tool during two 1.5-hour online sessions to get up to speed with the new indicators introduced in CTI v2.0. These sessions are targeted to professionals who want to prepare for the implementation of the methodology into their company.

The Demand Generation Alliance (DGA), 21 June from 1pm – 2:30pm CEST at the virtual SDG Tent
The DGA is a new initiative co-chaired by WBCSD project FReSH, GAIN and the GBSN whose goal is to shift societal preferences around sustainable and nutritious food will be officially launched on. We invite all businesses interested in driving change in consumer demand and shaping the sustainable food agenda to attend this global launch event. The DGA brings together stakeholders from different sectors who are active in addressing society-wide factors by deploying social and cultural actions that shape consumer preferences for nutritious and sustainable foods.

Policies for India's global leadership on EV adoption – 22 June 2021, 12:00 - 13:15 IST
Join the virtual launch of our upcoming India advocacy report. Together with more than 30 companies, we have developed policy recommendations that support the adoption of electric vehicles across commercial fleets and increase investments in charging infrastructure.

The Pre-Summit of the UN Food Systems Summit

The Pre-Summit has been postponed to the last week of July, happening on 26 – 28 July in Rome. The event will take a hybrid format, with a small high-level in-person component, complemented by a vast virtual program and platform. The event will consolidate the progress that has been achieved through the Summit’s wide-ranging process of diverse public engagement, consultations and data gathering that began in 2020, setting the stage for an ambitious and productive Summit in September 2021.

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