New Aussie Partner for Global Sustainability Giant
21 May 2014 at 9:27 am
Sustainable Business Australia (SBA) has been appointed as the Australian Global Network partner for The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
Previously partnered with the Business Council of Australia, the WBCSD is a CEO-led organisation of 200 multinational companies working for a sustainable future for business, society and the environment.
SBA, the peak body for advocacy for sustainable business activities in Australia, will join a global partner network of CEO-led national business councils and organisations supporting the WBCSD’s activities.
CEO at SBA, Andrew Petersen said the Australian business community had both the experience and the need to be involved in international sustainable development issues.
“SBA is committed to providing business leadership for sustainable development in Australia and we will work with WBCSD’s business community by involving forward-thinking Australian companies in WBCSD’s international programs and cross-sector projects,” he said.
“The partnership will be adding direct value to members by bringing the latest thinking and best practices on economic, environmental and social management as well as gaining access to key international players and platforms.
“With over 30 Global Network partners across Asia Pacific alone, one of the immediate opportunities for us is the cooperation and business interaction with our regional colleagues.”
Peter Bakker, President and CEO of the WBCSD said Australia had been a pioneer on climate action, smart energy technologies, and the development of biodiversity markets.
“Up until recently, Australia made globally recognised progress pursuing energy and resource efficiency across its economy. It is important that Australian business continues to contribute to global momentum on climate mitigation, water and resource management, waste reeducation, and the ongoing development of corporate reporting and valuation,” he said.
“SBA is a solutions-focused business association. Actionable solutions including technologies are generally conceived, developed, deployed and brought to market by business. International collaboration between businesses is the way forward, and we are delighted to welcome SBA as our Australian Global Network partner,” Bakker said.
WBCSD’s work programme is based on the Action2020 platform, which builds on the organisation’s Vision 2050, which identified the necessary pathways to create a world in 2050 where nine billion people can live well, within social and environmental boundaries.
“The participation of Australia’s leading businesses in Action2020 is key to the inclusion of substantive southern hemisphere business perspectives and solutions that are needed in the development of globally appropriate action towards Vision 2050’s goals,” Bakker said.