Vision 2050 Transportation & Mobility Pathway: We can keep on moving, smarter

This year, we 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. Read the latest insight by Wei Dong Zhou, Director WBCSD China, and Thomas Deloison, WBCSD’s Director of Mobility, into what it means to "keep on moving, smarter", and what we are doing to accelerate action to achieve that.

This blog is the seventh of a series that WBCSD is sharing this year, exploring Vision 2050: Time to Transform in more detail. More blogs here:

  • We can keep the water flowing: Joe Phelan, Director WBCSD India, provides an overview of our Water & Sanitation pathway and reflects on its importance in India.
  • We can connect people: Constant van Aerschot, Director WBCSD Asia Pacific, talks with Fujitsu’s Mel Melis about Vision 2050’s Connectivity pathway.
  • We can provide healthy diets for all: Diane Holdorf, Managing Director of the Food & Nature Program, explores Vision 2050’s Food pathway.


WBCSD announces new Business Commission to Tackle Inequality

A new initiative, the Business Commission to Tackle Inequality (BCTI), seeks to put tackling inequality and creating shared prosperity for all at the heart of business’s agenda for sustainable growth. The BCTI will be supported and steered by forward-thinking global companies and their leaders. It will bring together business leaders and a range of experts and stakeholders to shape and promote a compelling common narrative and agenda for business action on inequality.


World Water Week 2021 in review: opportunities for business to support water, climate and nature

Last week, as part of World Water Week 2021, WBCSD led a series of sessions on different themes and topics with partner organizations and contributed to several other sessions throughout the week. In his latest article, Tom Williams WBCSD Director for Nature Action & Water, shares a summary from the week and highlights the opportunities for business to support water, climate and nature.


All roads lead to Rome: a Pre-Summit towards an equitable, net-zero and nature-positive food system

Read Peter Bakker’s article based on his speech at the Pre-Summit of the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), during the opening plenary ‘A Bold Ambition to Improve Food Systems’ on 26 July 2021. For more reading, and ahead of the UNFSS in September, read the insight by Diane Holdorf, leader of our Food & Nature program, for a deeper look at the Food pathway as part of WBCSD’s Vision 2050 framework.


The Food and Agriculture Roadmap: transforming food systems for the environment, livelihoods and healthy diets for all

WBCSD launched the Food and Agriculture Roadmap, an implementation of the CEO Guide to Food System Transformation. Designed for the food and agriculture business community, it sets out the targets, key action areas and solutions urgently required to transform food and agriculture systems to achieve environmental sustainability, equitable livelihoods, and healthy and sustainable diets for all.


Advancing business understanding of ‘nature positive’

Read the latest insight by Tom Williams on what ‘nature positive’ means for business. The term ‘nature positive’ is rapidly emerging as a rallying call, ‘a north star’, to guide action and to transform business. The recently published paper, A Nature-Positive World: The Global Goal for Nature, sets out three measurable temporal objectives: Zero Net Loss of Nature from 2020, Net Positive by 2030, and Full Recovery by 2050.


First results of a new set of Key Performance Indicators released by the Forest Solutions Group

Members of the Forest Solutions Group (FSG) have today released the first results from a revised set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) adopted earlier this year, revealing positive trends on all long-term indicators, and a more comprehensive picture through new metrics.


Skilling youth in a post-pandemic world: How business can make a difference

Against a backdrop of rapid technological advances, a range of socio-economic trends and the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic, the world of work is changing at a pace and depth that poses serious challenges to people, business, and society. A new report by UNICEF and WBCSD explores the role of business in addressing the global skills mismatch among youth.


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

Mobility as a Service (MaaS) gives citizens easy access to a wide range of integrated travel options. With the right governance and regulatory framework, it can also make travel in cities more climate-friendly and sustainable. WBCSD and the International Transport Forum (ITF) have published a new report that offers practical guidance for policymakers and companies on how to adopt MaaS at scale.


Net-zero buildings: Where do we stand?

The building industry is responsible for 38% of all energy-related GHG emissions. To reach net-zero, we need to understand the full carbon footprint of buildings. We have launched a report with whole life carbon assessment of six building projects to evaluate where we stand in relation to global climate targets. The report points way to halving emissions from global construction by 2030 – with measurement and clear targets.


Decarbonizing construction: Guidance for investors and developers to reduce embodied carbon

A large part of the construction sector’s emissions come from building products and materials – embodied carbon. This is an increasing focus of regulatory bodies, making it a risk factor for developers and investors to price into construction projects. Our new report provides over 50 embodied carbon-reduction policies and best practices that investors can adopt in built environment portfolios to help align the construction industry with the Paris Agreement.


Business recovery and return to normal: ESG, enterprise risk management and risk screening

WBCSD and Latham & Watkins team up to share insights and discuss approaches to early-stage risk screening in the context of ESG and enterprise risk management, following analysis and interviews with corporate risk professionals. Early identification of the onset of risks allows risk owners to take timely action to mitigate business vulnerabilities.


Survey - How are companies measuring up to net-zero targets?

This year, South Pole is asking companies about their net-zero targets and milestones in a 5-7 minute survey to be completed by 13 September. Last year, South Pole’s 2020 net-zero report found that COVID-19 had propelled climate ambition to the top of the corporate agenda – and surprisingly many had set net-zero targets in a year fraught by economic and social uncertainty. But few organizations had set concrete milestones on how to get there.


Welcome to our new WBCSD members

  • Swire Pacific Limited, Hong-Kong based international conglomerate, joins WBCSD
  • ITRenew, a circular data center pioneer and global leader in circular infrastructure, joins WBCSD


Member spotlights

  • Holcim unveils new Group identity
  • Eni publishes for the third year in a row Eni for human rights
  • PepsiCo announces "net water positive" commitment
  • IKEA joins 50L Home Coalition to accelerate action on water-saving solutions
  • Arcadis CEO, Peter Oosterveer, shares how the built environment must respond to the IPCC’s 2021 climate change report
  • Volkswagen Group set to unleash value in battery-electric autonomous mobility world with NEW AUTO strategy
  • Mercedes-Benz prepares to go all-electric


Global Network news

  • Argentina: Silvia Bulla elected as the new President of BCSD Argentina (CEADS)
  • Brazil: What the changing business and human rights legal landscape means for businesses in Brazil
  • Canada: Canadian Business for Social Responsibility launches Canada’s first-ever net-zero leaderboard
  • South Africa: National Business Initiative launches Vision 2050: Time to Transform
  • Italy: The Circular Transition Indicators (CTI) v2.0: Now available in Italian


Upcoming events

IUCN World Conservation Congress: 3-11 September, Marseille, France & virtual
This is a ‘hybrid’ event with options for remote participation, and a key milestone before the UN conferences on biodiversity and climate in Kunming and Glasgow, to inform new global targets and action towards a sustainable, healthy future for people and nature. The IUCN CEO Summit, 3 September, 13:00-14:30, will focus on commitments and actions to move towards a nature-positive recovery and WBCSD President & CEO Peter Bakker is moderating a panel.

How can developers and investors decarbonize construction?: 10 September, 9:00-10:00 CET
Join us on 10 September to learn how the finance sector can drive the transformation to a net-zero and circular built environment. Building on the results from our recent report, we are hosting two sessions to discuss practical carbon-reduction strategies that investors and developers can adopt in construction projects.

Webinar - The Innovative Mobility Landscape: The Case of Mobility as a Service: 13 September, 15:00 CET
Join us in this webinar to learn more about how businesses and policymakers can implement Mobility as a Service (MaaS) at scale. WBCSD will present the key findings of the report ‘The Innovative Mobility Landscape: The Case of Mobility as a Service’ together with the International Transport Forum (ITF), followed by a Q&A with the authors.

Hot Spots for Renewable Heat: Decarbonizing Industrial Heat: 13 September, 16:00 CET
The transition to low-carbon energy is well underway within the electricity sector, yet little progress has been made in decarbonizing industrial heat. Join us for the launch of a report by WBCSD and BloombergNEF that seeks to point industrial end-users toward markets with the best conditions to support the transition, as they begin to deploy renewable heat solutions – and learn about key findings from the authors at the event.

The World Circular Economy Forum 2021 (WCEF2021): 13-15 September, Canada & virtual
This year, the focus is on the system level changes – game changers – needed to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. The event will bring new voices to the global discussion, explore circular opportunities from the perspective of natural resource producing countries, and highlight the importance of the circular economy in fighting climate change and protecting biodiversity. On 15 September, WBCSD will host two accelerator sessions and participate in two further sessions. Register here.

World Energy Storage Day: 22 September
Join WBCSD at this virtual global conference and expo amplifying the importance of renewable energy sources and bringing together subject experts, think tanks, policymakers, and stakeholders to create awareness of sustainable energy storage solutions. Connect, collaborate and network with industry supporters, which links with our ongoing workstream on energy storage in India.

UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS): 23 September, virtual
This completely virtual event is being held during the UN General Assembly High-level week: a milestone moment for the announcement of government-led coalitions and multistakeholder commitments towards healthy diets, zero hunger, soil health, 100% living income and wages, the true value of food and other critical action. WBCSD President & CEO Peter Bakker is representing the private sector in his role as member of the UNFSS advisory committee and chair of the Private Sector Guiding Group. You can register here.

Reuters IMPACT virtual forum: 4-7 October
Businesses, public organizations and others will come together to drive climate action and economic growth. The event will demonstrate how all walks of business can have a positive impact on the climate. Speakers include WBCSD President & CEO Peter Bakker, our Managing Director for Climate & Energy Claire O’Neill, Former US Vice President Al Gore, President of Petronas, and CEOs of Greenpeace and Tesco among others. As a strategic event partner, WBCSD is pleased to share complimentary passes here.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development