What we do

As global business faces new and complex challenges and opportunities, our science-based approach and targeted business solutions aim to scale up business impact.

We target the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through five work programs to achieve systems transformation.

Cities & Mobility

Today, more than half the global population lives in cities, and by 2050 more than two-thirds will. City life drives 80% of total global energy and resource demand and 70% of greenhouse gas emissions.

A well-designed city can open the way to WBCSD’s vision of creating a world in which more than nine billion people live well within the limits of the planet, offering resilient, healthy and clean cities for all.

Energy & Circular Economy

Two of the biggest barriers to sustainability rest in the current linear “take-make-dispose” economic model and our outdated global energy system.  Our projects in the Energy and Circular Economy program aim to address these issues by bringing business together to scale up low-carbon and efficiency solutions. We believe that the circular economy is a key lever in transitioning to the low-carbon economy – and that by unleashing circular innovation, we can help fulfill the Paris Agreement and the SDGs.

Food, Land & Water

Will the world be able to provide healthy, nutritious food and supply goods from agricultural production to a population over nine billion by 2050, while sustaining and regenerating ecosystems and natural resources? Projects in our Food, Land & Water Program develop solutions to address key challenges of food & land use systems: food and nutrition security, smallholder livelihoods, natural resource efficiency, including water management, climate change impact and adaptation - using comprehensive approaches and new technologies.


Our current society is characterized by a range of dynamic shifts and evolutions. We are faced with a world that is polarizing, a world that is facing risks and opportunities in the way we work, a world that is on the move and a world in which people are living beyond their means. The People program provides solutions that support companies in ensuring that they remain in tune with the needs, rights, goals and aspirations of society against the backdrop of this rapidly evolving landscape.

Redefining Value

Redefining Value helps companies measure and manage risk, gain competitive advantage and seize new opportunities by understanding environmental, social and governance (ESG) information.

We do this by building collaborations and developing tools, guidance, case studies, engagement and education opportunities to help companies incorporate ESG performance into mainstream business and finance systems.

Our goal is to improve decision-making and external disclosure, eventually transforming the financial system to reward the most sustainable companies.