FReSH News 2017

16 Feb 2017


Monthly News
World Business Council
for Sustainable Development
January 2017

Last week, global leaders in Davos gathered to discuss responsive and responsible leadership in challenging times. Here’s some of what happened:


New report launched shows that achieving the SDGs can unlock trillions in new market value


The Business & Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC) has now launched its flagship Better Business, Better World report. This report sets out to map the economic prize that could be available to business if the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are achieved. Following extensive research, it has identified 60 sustainable and inclusive market “hotspots” across four key areas (energy; cities; food and agriculture; health and wellbeing) that could create at least US$12 trillion in business value by 2030 and generate up to 380 million jobs.

The report was produced by three dozen leaders from the private sector and civil society (including CEOs from four WBCSD member companies and our President and CEO, Peter Bakker). Explore the report today.


FReSH launched at Davos: new business initiative to transform global food systems


In Davos, we formally launched a first-of-its-kind partnership to fix broken food systems: Food Reform for Sustainability and Health (FReSH). In partnership with the EAT Foundation, we seek to transform global food systems, to reach healthy, enjoyable diets for all, that are produced responsibly within planetary boundaries.  To achieve this ambitious goal, FReSH has brought business and science to work together. It draws on knowledge and efforts from premier research institutions, and is working with the business community to develop successful, high-impact solutions.


Exploring how businesses understand and disclose sustainability risks: releasing WBCSD 2016 Risk Publication


Sustainability challenges pose significant business risks. In fact, the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Risk Report shows many of the top business risks are related to environmental or societal issues. How can we understand, disclose and manage these risks? In our newest report, "Sustainability and enterprise risk management: The first step towards integration," we find that sustainable development risks are disclosed in sustainability reports, but not always in legal filings. Knowledge is powerful! Explore the report today.



We need YOU to share your circular economy expertise


We are developing a comprehensive business Guide to the Circular Economy and need your input! This is your opportunity to share information on your company’s circular strategies, examples, tools, publications. Join the conversation:



WBCSD Leading Women Awards: last chance to nominate outstanding female leaders within your company


Recognizing women business leaders in efforts to contribute to SDG5 - achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls by 2030. Member companies can submit their nominations until 1 February.


 Don’t miss our North America member meeting on 13 February


Attend our 3rd annual North America member meeting Redefining Corporate Value on 13 February in Phoenix, Arizona. Register today, space is limited.  Member companies who also register for Greenbiz 17 will receive a 20% discount using the code GB17WBCSD:


All about water


Understand water risks and identify new opportunities related to global investments in water technology and infrastructure. WBCSD members can receive a 25% discount on Environmental Finance’s Water: Risk, Opportunity and Sustainability 2017 conference until 24 February, act now!



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