WBCSD has recently launched its messages to climate policy makers on the road to Paris COP 21. For the future international climate agreement to have an impact on the reduction of emissions, at a scale sufficient to limit global warming to 2 oC, we need to scale-up business actions on climate. Although it will be predominantly business that delivers reductions globally in all the sectors, these measures will need to be supported by the right policy frameworks to be effective.

GRI, UNGC and WBCSD join forces for business action on SDGs
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and the WBCSD have joined forces to mobilize the private sector as a key player in achieving our world’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Reaching Full Potential Project releases Life Cycle Metrics for Chemical Products
Focused on life cycle assessment methods, a key objective of the new guide is to provide material information about the environmental footprint of products to allow chemical industry customers and stakeholders make more informed, sustainable choices.
News from the CSI
This year, the CSI Forum welcomed some 100 guests from around the world including cement producers, experts from the conservation world, government officials, NGOs and specialized consultants. CSI’s new publication the CSI Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP) Guidance was launched at the event. Also new from the CSI, is an updated version of the Guidelines for Co-Processing Fuels and Raw Materials in Cement Manufacturing.
Future Leaders Program 2015
The Future Leaders Program 2015 is now available! This year’s topic is Scaling up business actions on climate change and improving the business case.
Webinar highlights: Improving non-financial reporting of companies’ social and environmental performance
On September 30, Kitrhona Cerri, Manager, Redefining Value, shared details about how the WBCSD’s Redefining Value Program aims to integrate natural and social capital measurement into corporate performance management. The webinar was part of a series hosted by the William Davidson Institute (WDI) at the University of Michigan.
EEB Lab – Accelerating Investments in Energy Efficiency in Houston’s Building Market
From 8-10 October, the WBCSD, together with the US BCSD and EEB partners convened a deep-dive workshop exploring ambitious and actionable strategies for reducing energy consumption in buildings by 30% or more in the Houston market.
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity Launched Initiative on Global Biodiversity Impact Indicators for Commodity Production
Including partners such as WWF, IUCN and the WBCSD among others, the initiative aims to identify the major types of impacts on biodiversity caused by global agricultural commodity production and to measure progress towards more sustainable production.
The Co-Chairs’ Summary Report – Field Dialogue on REDD+ Benefit Sharing in Mexico
The Co-Chairs’ Summary Report from the Mexican Field Dialogue on REDD+ Benefit Sharing, 2-5 June 2014, summarizing key observations and discussions from the dialogue, is now available.
EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive adopted by the EU Council
The Council of the European Union officially adopted the directive on the disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by certain large companies and groups. The directive aims to strengthen companies’ transparency and accountability.
Mondi Zimele: Encouraging independence through enterprise in South Africa
This WBCSD case study documents how Mondi Zimele addresses the limited economic opportunities of rural communities through job creation and small business development.
Firmenich in India: Changing the rules of engagement with low income consumers
The study describes Firmenich’s efforts to co-create value with its clients to design affordable hygiene and nutrition products, meeting the olfactory preferences of low income consumers.
The Global Leader for Sustainability Services at Deloitte, Eric Dugelay, will coordinate the work on Assurance within the Redefining Value project
As of October 1, Eric’s responsibilities include assisting the WBCSD in coordinating the Redefining Value project in terms of assurance on environmental, social and societal information.
New WBCSD Members
WBCSD is pleased to welcome its new member NRG Energy
Features & Commentary
Put a Price on Carbon. Now. – Discover the opinion piece by Peter Bakker in the Huffington Post.
Peter Bakker, President & CEO, WBCSD
Politicians must act for a low-carbon economy – In the Telegraph article, Paul Polman and Felipe Calderón call for strong political leadership for a low-carbon economy.
Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever & Felipe Calderón
Watch your carbon, or watch your investors flee – Philippe Joubert speaks to Eco-Business about why the power sector must pursue carbon-free technologies and energy efficiency.
Increasing demand can only be met through sustainable forest management – Uta Jungermann, Manager, WBCSD Forest Solutions, answers questions for the Global Landscapes Forum.
Classy old buildings strive for modern energy efficiencies – Houston Chronicle picked up on energy efficiency as EEB lab kicked off in Houston.
Global Network News
Leading Finnish Corporate Responsibility (CR) network FIBS joined the Global Network.
Action2020 was at the heart of the 9th Austrian CSR-Day organized by respACT, the Austrian BCSD, on September 30.
NBI, South Africa, launched a report to improve value chain sustainability through Scope 3 greenhouse gas accounting.
CECODES Colombia carried out an extensive interview with Marie Le Texier from WBCSD’s Water Group.
BCSD-Honduras and the Honduran Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility (FUNDAHRSE) discussed recent changes in Honduran tax law.BCSD-Honduras also carried out the seminar “Introduction to Climate Change Mitigation” in the city of San Pedro Sula.
BCSD Brazil (CEBDS) Working Group on Biodiversity and Biotechnology launched new guidance at COP 12 in South Korea.
BCSD Denmark issued a call for a joint Nordic voice for supporting a price on carbon through a letter to the Danish Prime Minister.
Upcoming Events
3-6: The WBCSD Council Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia
WBCSD members CEOs, senior executives and 70 Global Network partners will gather in Atlanta to set the pace and address some of the most pressing global challenges.
12-19: IUCN World Parks Congress, Sydney, Australia
A landmark global forum on protected areas.
13-15: Municipalika, Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India
Conference and Exhibition on building vibrant, sustainable cities in India.
19: International Conference on Business and Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland
How far has the business come in pursuing the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights?
December 2014
1-12: UNFCCC COP 20, Lima, Peru
The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC.
January 2015
21-24: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Davos, Switzerland
February 2015
17-19: GreenBiz Forum 2015, Phoenix
April 2015
20-24: The WBCSD Liaison Delegates Meeting in Montreux, Switzerland
October 2015
1-2: Measuring Sustainability Performance: Corporate Approaches and Contributions, Geneva
WBCSD in association with EMAN is pleased to announce a Symposium on business measurement, valuation and reporting of environmental and social capital impacts and performance.
December 2015
7-10: The WBCSD Council Meeting in Paris, France
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