You are on page 1of 18

wbcsd.

org

action2020.org

Global Business (for pages 9-12), Local Solutions (for pages 13-16), and Policymakers (for pages 17-18)

Contents

Overview 3-4

How Action2020 Works 5

Action2020 Example 6-7

Get Involved 8 - 18

wbcsd.org

action2020.org

Global Business (for pages 9-12), Local Solutions (for pages 13-16), and Policymakers (for pages 17-18)

Action2020
Can business be a positive force to solve global enviromental and social issues?
We say

YES

Action2020

and were backing it up with

Based on the latest scientific consensus, Action2020 sets an agenda for business to take action on sustainable development to 2020 and beyond. Its 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.

The Role of the WBCSD Action2020 is the WBCSDs primary platform for helping business 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 Action2020s 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.
wbcsd.org action2020.org
3

Global Business (for pages 9-12), Local Solutions (for pages 13-16), and Policymakers (for pages 17-18)

Vision 2050 to Action2020


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

Vision 2050

Action2020

Long-term inspirations

Pathway for transformation of society

Focus on qualitative impacts

Medium-term action at scale

2020 Must-Haves grounded in science

Scalable business solutions and associated policy requirements

Focus on quantitative impact and process monitoring

wbcsd.org

action2020.org

Global Business (for pages 9-12), Local Solutions (for pages 13-16), and Policymakers (for pages 17-18)

How Does Action2020 Work?


1. Societal Must-Haves are the goals in each of nine Priority Areas that must be met to achieve Vision 2050. 2. Business Solutions are how companies implement Action2020. More About Societal Must-Haves Central to Action2020 are societal targets: Societal Must-Haves. These cover nine Priority Areas from climate change, water and ecosystems to skills and employment, basic needs and human rights and sustainable lifestyles. Each Societal Must-Have represents a target we need to meet if our planets systems are to return to a sustainable track over the next decade. Global in nature, Societal Must-Haves can only be met by business, government and society working together. The Societal Must-Haves were developed by Action2020 member companies 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).

ACTION2020

PRIORITY AREAS Action2020 is grounded in science. Nine Priority Areas, each with their own challenges and objectives the Societal Must-Haves.

BUSINESS SOLUTIONS Business Solutions are impactful, measurable, scalable, replicable and beyond business-as-usual. Leveraging the power of business to solve problems to create Business Solutions.

wbcsd.org

action2020.org

Global Business (for pages 9-12), Local Solutions (for pages 13-16), and Policymakers (for pages 17-18)

How Does Action2020 Work?


An Action2020 example: Water

Societal Must-Have for Water


By 2020, water of adequate quality and quantity is shared among all users and is in a more sustainable balance with the limits of renewable water resources and ecosystem requirements. Significantly reduce the rate of agricultural water withdrawals in water stressed aquifers and river basins, relative to 2012 baseline. Significantly reduce the amount of all untreated wastewater discharge, relative to 2012 baseline. Significantly accelerate the progressive realization of the human right to water and sanitation, relative to 2012 baseline. Make significant effort in improving watershed collaboration between all stakeholders to reduce shared water risks.

The Challenge

WATER

We risk facing major supply issues if our current pace of consumption continues or grows .

Billion cubic meters of water

6,000

6,900

40% supply gap 4,200

4,000

4,500

2,000

2005 (demand) Agriculture

2030 (demand) Industry

2030 (est. supply) Household

Source: 2030 Water Resources Group (2009)

wbcsd.org

action2020.org

Global Business (for pages 9-12), Local Solutions (for pages 13-16), and Policymakers (for pages 17-18)

How Does Action2020 Work?


An Action2020 example: Water

Timeline

An Action2020 Solution

Phase 1
Businesses can reduce impending shared water risk through assessment and implementation of water management plans that address sections of their value chain where water is most material and exposure to risk is greatest. Actions by business will focus on reducing shared risk across the value chain, addressing challenges relevant to their business, such as: Increasing water use efficiency across key points of the agricultural value chain. Eliminating untreated industrial wastewater discharge. Increasing equitable and sustainable access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

Corporate water risk assessment across direct operations and/or supply chain depending on where water is most material. Identication of most at-risk areas based on business value at risk, value of water and materiality.

Phase 2
Development of a comprehensive water strategy, including implementation of local action plans across operations and/or supply chain, responding to risks and seeking business oppurtunities with other water users in the watershed.

Phase 3
Implementation of water stewardship strategies at the enterprise and local level. Engage outside the company/supplier fence line seek risk reduction opportunities with other users in the watersheds (i.e., collective action initiatives to reduce share water risks).

wbcsd.org

action2020.org

Global Business (for pages 9-12), Local Solutions (for pages 13-16), and Policymakers (for pages 17-18)

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.

How can you make an impact?

WBCSD Member

Regional Network

Global Company

Policymaker

Collaborating Partner & NGO

wbcsd.org

action2020.org

Global Business (for pages 9-12), Local Solutions (for pages 13-16), and Policymakers (for pages 17-18)

Action2020 Needs You

Because Action2020 Business Solutions are designed by businesses to make a meaningful impact on the world while contributing to the bottom line. Its only a solution if it makes sense for your business, too.

wbcsd.org

action2020.org

Global Business (for pages 9-12), Local Solutions (for pages 13-16), and Policymakers (for pages 17-18)

Why Will Action2020 Work for Your Business?


Action2020 Business Solutions are

Measurable So we know they are making a difference.

Scalable So they can have a meaningful impact on the world.

Replicable So they can be applied by many companies, in multiple sectors, regions and countries.

Beyond business as usual So businesses and governments begin to work and collaborate differently.

Good for business So they have a commercial logic that contributes to the broader good and to the bottom line.

Action2020 Business Solutions can help your business

Lower operating costs

Improve decision-making

Enhance risk management

Build competitive advantage

Reinforce corporate sustainability values

wbcsd.org

action2020.org

10

Global Business (for pages 9-12), Local Solutions (for pages 13-16), and Policymakers (for pages 17-18)

Why Will Action2020 Work for Your Business?


Current Business Solutions

FC
Forests as Carbon Sinks

CS
Carbon Capture and Storage

EC
Electrifying Cities Toward Zero Emissions

LC
Low Carbon Electrification of Remote Locations

RC
Resilience to Climate Change in Globally Interdependent Business

NI
Investing in Natural Infrastructure

RW
Reducing Shared Water Risk

IB
Inclusive Business Models

RE
Responsible Employment Strategies

SF
Growth Platforms for Smallholder Farmers

HF
Halving Food Waste From Field to Fork

TF
Tropical Forest Alliance 2020

HR
Operationalize the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

wbcsd.org

action2020.org

11

Global Business (for pages 9-12), Local Solutions (for pages 13-16), and Policymakers (for pages 17-18)

Action Starts Here

Implement
Companies can start implementing Action2020 Business Solutions now.  Get started at  www.Action2020.org/business-solutions

Join
By joining as a WBCSD member, you will gain access to company networks, best practices, implementation expertiseand support, metrics and more. To learn more about WBCSD membership, contact Grant McKibbin at McKibbin@wbcsd.org

Influence
Use your networks both internal and external to spread the word about Action2020 and help get more businesses involved. Talk about it at conferences and events, post a story on your organizational intranet, bring it up with your suppliers and more.

Discuss
Stay involved with Action2020  and join the discussion at #action2020 @wbcsd Facebook.com/WBCSD

wbcsd.org

action2020.org

12

Global Business (for pages 9-12), Local Solutions (for pages 13-16), and Policymakers (for pages 17-18)

Action2020 at Work Locally


Current Business Solutions

Every business is unique, and so are the locations they operate in. Action2020 can provide locally relevant Business Solutions and country-specific implementation case studies. Collaborating Partners with local and subject-matter expertise can support implementation.

About the Regional Network The WBCSDs Regional Network is an informal alliance of CEO-led business organizations worldwide, united by a shared commitment to provide business leadership for sustainable development in their respective countries or regions. t is uniquely equipped to provide local bottom-up initiatives, action and is an important I channel for local implementation of WBCSD sector and cross sector sustainability projects. Taken together, it comprises 66 Regional Network Partners in 64 countries representing over 35,000 national businesses.
wbcsd.org action2020.org
13

Global Business (for pages 9-12), Local Solutions (for pages 13-16), and Policymakers (for pages 17-18)

Why Will Action2020 Work for Business?


Action2020 Business Solutions are

Measurable So we know they are making a difference.

Scalable So they can have a meaningful impact on the world.

Replicable So they can be applied by many companies, in multiple sectors, regions and countries.

Beyond business as usual So businesses and governments begin to work and collaborate differently.

Good for business So they have a commercial logic that contributes to the broader good and to the bottom line.

Action2020 Business Solutions can help business

Lower operating costs

Improve decision-making

Enhance risk management

Build competitive advantage

Reinforce corporate sustainability values

wbcsd.org

action2020.org

14

Global Business (for pages 9-12), Local Solutions (for pages 13-16), and Policymakers (for pages 17-18)

Action2020 at Work Locally


Progress toward Action2020 Priority Areas and Must-Haves is underway around the world. But Action2020 is still growing. Local impact on Priority Areas will expand in the years ahead as more businesses and partners join the effort.

HARMFUL SUBSTANCES
China India Chile

ECOSYSTEMS
Argentina Ecuador France Hungary Indonesia Korea New Zealand Philippines Portugal Singapore Taiwan Thailand United States

WATER
Brazil China Ecuador Hungary India Korea South Africa United Kingdom United States

CLIMATE CHANGE
Argentina Brazil Czech Republic France Germany Mexico Spain United Kingdom

wbcsd.org

action2020.org

15

Global Business (for pages 9-12), Local Solutions (for pages 13-16), and Policymakers (for pages 17-18)

Action Starts Here

Implement
Companies can start implementing Action2020 Business Solutions now. Get started at www.Action2020.org/business-solutions More information about local implementation is coming soon at www.Action2020.org

Join
By joining as a WBCSD member, you will gain access to company networks, best practices, implementation expertiseand support, metrics and more. To learn more about Regional Network membership, contact Rabab Fayad at fayad@wbcsd.org

Influence
Use your networks both internal and external to spread the word about Action2020 and help get more businesses involved. Talk about it at conferences and events, post a story on your organizational intranet, bring it up with your suppliers and more.

Discuss
Stay involved with Action2020  and join the discussion at #action2020 @wbcsd Facebook.com/WBCSD

wbcsd.org

action2020.org

16

Global Business (for pages 9-12), Local Solutions (for pages 13-16), and Policymakers (for pages 17-18)

Action2020: Business and Society Working  Together for Sustainable Solutions

Business alone cannot achieve the  Societal Must-Haves in each Priority Area. Policies set the right framework for business behavior, allowing Business Solutions  to reach a much greater scale. Supporting public policies  will help create

Informed governance structures that factor-in the environmen t

Scale and enable implementation of business solutions

Impact and influence of Action2020 by leveraging governments, international organizations and multilateral forums

True valuation of natural capital, such as water, forests and ecosystems

wbcsd.org

action2020.org

17

Global Business (for pages 9-12), Local Solutions (for pages 13-16), and Policymakers (for pages 17-18)

Action2020 Business Solutions


Current Business Solutions

FC
Forests as Carbon Sinks

CS
Carbon Capture and Storage

EC
Electrifying Cities Toward Zero Emissions

LC
Low Carbon Electrification of Remote Locations

RC
Resilience to Climate Change in Globally Interdependent Business

NI
Investing in Natural Infrastructure

RW
Reducing Shared Water Risk

IB
Inclusive Business Models

RE
Responsible Employment Strategies

SF
Growth Platforms for Smallholder Farmers

HF
Halving Food Waste From Field to Fork

TF
Tropical Forest Alliance 2020

HR
Operationalize the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Business Solutions for Societal Must-Haves An Action2020 Business Solution is the how-to  for implementing Action2020. Businesses can individually or in collaboration with industry or partners make operational, commercial or policy changes that contribute to the Societal Must-Haves.  ome Business Solutions require only companies efforts to implement; others will be S enabled by policy and regulatory changes or partnerships.

wbcsd.org

action2020.org

18