The Business Role: Finding common ground - A discussion brief on the role of business in society
An acute increase in awareness of sustainable development issues, such as poverty, environmental degradation, climate change and water constraints to name but a few, are indicating that in tomorrow's society business as usual will not be possible. This brief discusses the evolving roles of business in society in addressing sustainable development challenges and opportunities.
Health Systems Facts and Trends: Affecting business decisions today
In 2040, one-quarter of Americans and nearly one-half of Italians and Japanese will be over 65. These demographic trends will have large and growing impacts on health, healthcare and business: on employment, workforce age, productivity, benefit plans and costs, markets, products and tax schemes. This publication describes ten key health topics, including disease, environment and health, prevention and personal responsibility, health systems and information technology.
From Challenge to Opportunity: The role of business in tomorrow's society
Companies able to tackle issues such as poverty, climate change and population shifts are those most likely to succeed in the future. This is a view shared by eight global business leaders in a major new publication from the WBCSD. From Challenge to Opportunity sets out a "manifesto for tomorrow's global business" as defined by the Tomorrow's Leaders group of the WBCSD. It also discusses why and how four key areas of business and sustainable development need to be profitable in order to be effective.
Issue Management Tool: Strategic challenges for business in the use of corporate responsibility codes, standards, and frameworks
This document has been developed in order to provide corporate members with a practical and user-friendly tool on a few key codes, standards and frameworks relevant to the sustainability agenda. Its purpose is to provide general information, a "snap-shot" of the landscape and a perspective from a think-tank/professional association focused on this topic.
Intellectual Property Rights in Biotechnology and Health Care: Results of a stakeholder dialogue
This report is a result of a stakeholder dialogue among 40 participants from business, NGOs, and legal and political experts. It discusses controversial issues of intellectual property rights in the application of modern biotechnology to medical RetD.
Innovation, Technology, Sustainability, and Society
This report tackles the challenge of encouraging business to innovate to become more sustainable. It aims to help companies to identify market needs to match their core competences, and how new products and services can be developed.
Tomorrow's Markets: Global trends and their implications for business
Backed up with facts and figures, this second report in the WBCSD's Summit trilogy outlines 19 key economic, environmental and social trends that will shape the future business agenda and market scenarios.
Business et the Rio Decade
The International Herald Tribune and the WBCSD worked together to provide a 10 in-depth reports in the IHT on "Business and the Rio Decade". These inserts cover the practical commitments and undertakings of many companies in response to extremly complex challenges.
Sustainability through the Market: Seven keys to success
The seven keys to success - innovate, practice eco-efficiency, move from stakeholder dialogues to partnerships for progress, provide and inform consumer choice, improve market framework conditions, establish the worth of the earth, make the market work for everyone - are illustrated in 30 case studies.
Biotechnology Scenarios 2000-2050: Using the future to explore the present
This report explores future scenarios and the factors that might lead to them, to help articulate the context for strategic development in biotechnology in light of public values and sustainability issues.
The Role of Business in Tomorrow's Society: Geneva Dialogue
The boundaries of the roles and responsibilities of business in society have shifted. A recurring question in the public debate is whether business is sufficiently fulfilling its part of its contract with society. But what exactly is the role of business? The WBCSD event on 'The Role of Business in Tomorrow's Society' examined this question.
The Business of Health: The Health of Business - Building the case for health, safety and wellness
ll-health and disease impair business performance by hampering individuals, communities and markets. The examples gathered in this publication by the WBCSD and IBLF serve to illustrate the business case for corporate action on health and demonstrate how companies can positively and imaginatively engage with these issues to create business advantages.
Beyond Reporting: Creating business value and accountability
Companies can turn regulatory compliance and heightened corporate governance efforts into opportunities that create value for their businesses, according to a new report from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
Running the risk: Risk and sustainable development - A business perspective
In the past years, the typical corporate risk profile has been expanded to include everything from political and social instability to brand protection and sabotage. The report aims to contribute to the debate about the changing nature of risk by looking at how the global risk environment has evolved.
Sustainable Development Reporting: Striking the balance
This report answers the worldwide call on companies for greater accountability and transparency by explaining why and how reporting can help turn the recent wave of boardroom scandals into renewed boardroom trust.
Investing for Sustainable Development: Getting the conditions right
This report builds on a series of roundtables hosted in 2002 by the OECD. It outlines ways to attract investments into least developed economies and advocates a greater coordination between Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Official Development Assistance (ODA) policies and practice.
Corporate Social Responsibility: The WBCSD's journey
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been one of the major work components of the WBCSD for the past 10 years. This pamphlet summarizes state-of-the-art thinking on CSR and provides the transition to a Cross-Cutting Theme.
The Business Case for Sustainable Development: Making a difference toward the Johannesburg Summit 2002 and beyond
The first item in the WBCSD trilogy for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, this document is a forward-looking statement that identifies building blocks toward a sustainable society (available in various languages).
Eco-Efficiency: Creating more value with less impact
This report is an essential compendium of information and a reference source for understanding eco-efficiency. It highlights some of the ways in which eco-efficiency has been interpreted by companies in different sectors.
Building a Better Future: Innovation, technology and sustainabl e development
Based on a survey to discover how 80 firms are incorporating sustainable development into their innovation processes, this report builds on past WBCSD eco-efficiency and scenario work.