World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • Date submitted: 31 Oct 2011
  • Stakeholder type: Major Group
  • Name: World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
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Contribution to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
Submitted by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development
The World Business Council for Sustainable
Development (WBCSD) is a partner in the Business
Action for Sustainable Development co coalition (BASD 2012). This submission complements and supports the submission of BASD 2012 to the Conference on Sustainable Development.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has been an active and constructive participant in sustainable development efforts at the international level since the first Rio Summit in 1992. We are pleased to provide this submittal as our initial contribution to submittal the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), and as a complement to the submission from the BASD 2012 coalition and the Business & Industry Major Gr Group.
The mission of the WBCSD is to provide business leadership as a catalyst for change toward sustainable development, and to support the business license to operate, innovate and grow in a world increasingly shaped by sustainable development issues. Through our participation in the Rio+20 process, we hope to stimulate action which reflects the urgency and the complexity of the challenges we are facing.
In 2010 we published the Vision 2050 a discussion paper which explored what a pathway 2050, would look like that would allow the world to reach t vision of ?9 billion people liv the living well, and within the limits of the planet?. The pathway proposed 9 key elements, and for each a measure ?. of success:

People?s Values - Sustainability embedded in all products and services & lifestyles

Human Development - Billions of people lifted out of poverty

Economy - Cost of carbon, water and other ecosystem services internalized

Agriculture - Agricultural output doubled through improved land and water productivity

Forests - Deforestation halted, carbon stocks in planted forests doubled from 2010 eforestation
, Energy and Power - C 2 emissions reduced by 50% worldwide (based on 2005 level) CO
Buildings - All new buildings use zero net energy
Mobility - Near universal access to reliable and low carbon mobility, infrastructure & information
Materials - Four-to-tenfold improvement in the eco-efficiency of resources and materials tenfold from 2000.

Making these changes ? and more ? will enable us to consume just over one planet?s worth of ecological resources in 2050, as opposed to the 2.3 planets we will be using if we continue on the business-as-usual path we are on today.
WBCSD strongly believe that the world already has the knowledge, science, technologies, skills and financial resources needed to achieve Vision 2050 but the foundations for much of what is required will need to be laid at speed and scale in the next decade. At the same time, the map is far from complete. There are still many significant questions to be answered about governance, global frameworks for commerce, roles and responsibilities, and risks. Nevertheless, these can be answered in time for progress to be made.
In Rio in 1992, we saw a dramatic change in awareness of sustainable development issues. It is our hope that from Rio in 2012, we will see a dramatic change in the pace of efforts to address sustainable development issue.

About this submittal

This submittal, as a complement to the BASD 2012 coalition's submittal, addresses specific topic areas which WBCSD has identified as priority areas for Rio+20. A more complete catalog of our efforts related to sustainable development can be found at It is our hope that these components will be useful in the development of the Zero Draft of the Rio+20 outcome document.

About the WBCSD

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is a CEO-led organization of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment. Together with its members, the council applies its respected thought leadership and effective advocacy to generate constructive solutions and take shared action. Leveraging its strong relationships with stakeholders as the leading advocate for business, the council helps drive debate and policy change in favor of sustainable development solutions.
The WBCSD provides a forum for its 200 member companies - who represent all business sectors, all continents and a combined revenue of more than $7 trillion - to share best practices on sustainable development issues and to develop innovative tools that change the status quo. The Council also benefits from a network of 60 national and regional business councils and partner organizations, a majority of which are based in developing countries.


This submission is released in the name of the WBCSD. Like other WBCSD publications, it is the result of a collaborative effort by members of the secretariat and executives from several member companies. A wide range of members reviewed drafts, thereby ensuring that the submission broadly represents the majority view of the WBCSD membership. It does not mean, however, that every member company agrees with every word.

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