The transition to a low-carbon economy is the only way to secure sustainable economic growth and prosperity for all. COP21 is a key moment for all stakeholders to contribute to serious climate action and ensure that business solutions to climate change are implemented. In 2015, the WBCSD will use its Action2020 framework to deliver the Road to Paris and Beyond.

WBCSD’s Road to Paris and Beyond
In 2015, the WBCSD will use its Action2020 framework to deliver the Road to Paris and Beyond, which includes:

  • a Low Carbon Technology Partnerships Initiative (LCTPi) with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the International Energy Agency (IEA),
  • a series of business government dialogues with WBCSD Global Network partners in France, Brazil and India.

Launched at COP20 Lima, the Road to Paris and Beyond is a robust business-led contribution to the UNFCCC negotiations and is now officially endorsed by the French Presidency of COP21 and the UNSG.

The Business and Climate Summit on 20-21 May 2015 in Paris, organized by the WBCSD and its partners EPE and Global Compact France, will be one of the cornerstone events of the Paris Climate Week.

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2015
Climate and sustainable development took center stage at Davos this year. It was agreed that success in both agendas required significant investments from both the public and private sectors. The UNSG called upon the CEOs to be carbon pricing champions, set science-based targets and make sustainability part of the corporate mandate. Sharing a common narrative and reaching an agreement on the key priorities among the different actors will be critical in driving concrete action. WBCSD was represented in the official program in several capacities and hosted two high-level side events on Business Action on the SDGs and Developing a Social Capital Protocol for Business respectively.
Scaling up Business Action on Human Rights
In its latest issue brief, the WBCSD identifies a series of barriers and solutions to operationalizing the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). The brief builds on the hands-on experiences of some 20 WBCSD member companies in their efforts to implement the UNGPs. It also draws from the results of a member survey as well as the broader experience of experts that have worked with companies on these issues across the globe.
Recommendations on Biomass Carbon Neutrality
Can wood & products derived from it be carbon neutral? Yes, says the Forest Solutions Group and explains why & how in its new Recommendations on Biomass Carbon Neutrality.
WRI and WBCSD release GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance
In January, WRI and WBCSD have released the GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance, which harmonizes methods in corporate reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from purchased electricity, steam, heat, and cooling (called scope 2 emissions). It amends the existing GHG Protocol Corporate Standard’s rules, strengthening the rigor and consistency of reporting while recognizing diverse market instruments and supplier arrangements.
Insights from the India Water Week
The Government of India has called for a “clean India” by 2019, meeting the gap in access to drinking water and sanitation that affects 700 million Indians. Speaking at a special session at the India Water Week from 13-17 January 2015, Joppe Cramwinckel, Director of Water, WBCSD, stressed the importance of collective business action on ensuring access to safe drinking water and sanitation for all.
Peter Bakker at the GreenBiz Forum, February 17-19, Phoenix, AZ, USA
Framed by GreenBiz’s State of Green Business report, the GreenBiz Forum provides an unparalleled in-depth look at the key challenges and opportunities facing sustainable business today through high-wattage stage presentations, workshops and networking opportunities. At the session on the power of global partnerships, our President Peter Bakker will share insights into how companies can take shared action towards driving sustainability in business.
New WBCSD Members
WBCSD is pleased to welcome its new members Olam and Starbucks.
save the dates
Montreux 2015 – Liaison Delegate Meeting
20 – 24 April 2015, Montreux, Switzerland
Paris 2015 – Council Member Meeting
7 – 10 December 2015, Paris, France
Singapore 2016 – Council Member Meeting
4 – 6 October 2016, Singapore
Features & Commentary
In its latest issue, Eco Business speaks to global leaders about what to expect in 2015 – Check out the interview with our President Peter Bakker
How to scale up business action on human rights – Via his blog, Peter Bakker weighs in on the Council’s work in the area of human rights.
Building the Circular Economy – Peter Bakker shares his views in the Sustainable Leadership blog
Peter Bakker, President & CEO, WBCSD
Cities Today covers Sustainable Mobility Project with two articles on Chengdu & Hamburg:
Chengdu becomes first Chinese city to join global mobility network
WBCSD and Hamburg form mobility partnershipHow safe water, sanitation and hygiene can improve performance at a hydropower site – Blog post by Marie Le Texier for the International Hydropower Association

Tax Shift Is Key to a Circular Economy and Jobs – In her latest blog post in the Huffington Post, Femke Groothuis refers to Peter Bakker and emphasizes the importance of a shift in the tax system to ensure sustainable resource use.

CSR is dead. So, what comes next? Discover blog post from Michael Townsend citing Peter Bakker at the 2degrees network.

Global Network News
Sustainable Business Council rolls-out Ecosystem Services Review tool
Sustainable Business Council, New Zealand, successfully piloted the Corporate Ecosystem Services Review (ESR) in 2014, and are now sharing their experience externally.
BCSD Brazil (CEBDS) launches two new studies Natural Capital Risk Exposure of the Financial Sector in Brazil and Removing Barriers to Financing Energy Efficiency in Brazil.
The Honduran Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility (FUNDAHRSE), CSR partner of BCSD-Honduras, and the Central American Technological University (UNITEC), held the 9th Edition of the Certification on Strategic CSR Management in San Pedro Sula.
Action 2020 launched in Hungary
In late 2014, BCSD Hungary launched Action 2020 with a view to focus on local goals based on the latest scientific facts and trends. The project involves more than 100 CEOs, scientific experts and NGOs.
Upcoming Events
17-19: GreenBiz Forum 2015, Phoenix
16-21: Sustainability Solutions Festival, Scottsdale, USA
14-18: UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, Sendai, Japan
8-12: ICLEI World Congress, Seoul, Republic of Korea
20-24: The WBCSD Liaison Delegates Meeting in Montreux, Switzerland
20-21: Business Climate Summit, Paris, France
29: High-level Event on Climate Change, convened by the UN General Assembly, New York, USA
13-16: UN’s Third International Conference: Financing for Development, Addis Abba, Ethiopia
The UN Special Summit on Sustainable Development Goals/SDGs, New York, USA
12-23 UNCCD COP12, Ankara, Turkey
7-10: The WBCSD Council Meeting in Paris, France
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