Can business be a positive force to solve global environmental and social issues? The WBCSD says, “Yes,” and we’re backing it up with Action2020.

Based on the latest scientific consensus, Action2020 sets an agenda for business to take action on sustainable development to 2020 and beyond. It’s a platform for how business can positively influence environmental and social trends while strengthening their own resilience to issues like climate change, demographic dynamics and skills shortages.

A description of Action2020 and how to get involved is available in this pdf here.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and Action2020

Action2020 is the WBCSD’s primary platform for business to help the world achieve a sustainable future. Numbering close to 200 across all sectors and regions, WBCSD member companies can have real impact on global challenges. Over the next few years, the WBCSD will shape its activities around Action2020’s nine Priority Areas. It will work with and for its members to support them in their efforts to contribute to reaching the Societal Must-Haves, and ultimately, Vision 2050.

Vision 2050 to Action2020: The Long View

Action2020 emerged from the WBCSD’s Vision 2050 report, a set of priorities for business and sustainability based on an intensive study of environmental, demographic and development trends.

Vision 2050’s long-term perspective frames the importance of these issues. But to make an impact on the future, leaders need to act today.

Action2020 focuses on strategic solutions that meet targets over the next few years – a time horizon that business and political leaders can readily embrace.

How Does It Work?

Action2020 deploys Business Solutions to address societal targets in each of nine Priority Areas.

Societal Must-Haves are societal targets in each Priority Area that business and other stakeholders can and need to achieve together. Global in nature, Societal Must-Haves can only be met by business, government and society working together. Action2020 member companies developed the Societal Must-Haves, based on a scientific review led by the Stockholm Resilience Centre and other input from social scientists (drawing on publicly available data and research from many sources).

Business Solutions are the tools businesses and policymakers can implement to reach the Societal Must-Have targets. Businesses can individually or in collaboration with industry or partners make operational, commercial or policy changes that contribute to the Societal Must-Haves. Some Business Solutions require only companies’ efforts to implement; others will be enabled by policy and regulatory changes or partnerships.

Action2020 Needs You

More than 40 WBCSD members, all global companies that lead and shape their sectors, are already collaborating on Business Solutions.

But this is just the start.

To make an impact, Action2020 will require widespread commitment from across industries and regions and between the public and private sectors.

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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 – which represent all business sectors, all continents and combined revenue of more than US$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.

Action2020 in Action