Geneva, Brussels, 12 January – The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has today partnered with the Global Legislators Organization for a Better Environment European Union (GLOBE EU), the network for environmental legislators that sits within the European Parliament.
GLOBE EU is one of few organizations bringing together legislators, the business community, civil society representatives, and academia to assess and challenge the EU’s ambition level on major sustainability challenges. The Partnership aims to integrate in GLOBE EU activities WBCSD’s groundbreaking approach to addressing these challenges while allowing GLOBE EU members to benefit from WBCSD’s expertise and business acumen.
WBCSD’s President and CEO Peter Bakker has also joined the GLOBE EU Advisory Council. Along with information and knowledge-sharing between the two organizations as part of the partnership, Peter Bakker will be providing a sustainable business perspective to GLOBE EU as it delivers intelligence to its members on the paradigm shift required to make Europe the first climate neutral continent in the world.
“I am delighted that the World Business Council for Sustainable Development has agreed to become a GLOBE EU partner organization” said Sirpa Pietikäinen, GLOBE EU President. “The WBCSD members showed tremendous courage with Vision 2050 last year, which laid out an ambitious framework for business of the systems transformation required for a more resilient and sustainable society. I am certain that WBCSD’s partnership with GLOBE EU will help amplify the voice of progressive business with legislators and stimulate the policies and regulations to support this transformation.”
WBCSD President and CEO Peter Bakker said “Building on the Vision 2050 framework, WBCSD has now embarked on a new Strategy 2022-2027 to achieve a net zero, nature positive and equitable future for a world in which +9 billion people are able to live well, within planetary boundaries. Only collaboration at unprecedented levels will allow us to tackle the immense challenges ahead of us and I am confident that with partnerships such as with GLOBE EU, business can create maximum impact for the climate, nature and people by unleashing the power of sustainable business.”
WBCSD is the premier global, CEO-led community of over 200 of the world’s leading sustainable businesses working collectively to accelerate the system transformations needed for a net zero, nature positive, and more equitable future.
GLOBE EU brings together members of the European Parliament as part of a larger GLOBE network of like-minded legislators from over 80 countries who are committed to developing and overseeing the implementation of legislation in pursuit of sustainable development.
The Partnership builds on the success of the GLOBE EU Bee Group, an advisory body of progressive companies that are keen to explore how policy can support innovative solutions to increase sustainability in their respective sector.
In line with the European Commission’s plans to reduce emissions in the EU by at least 55% by 2030, GLOBE EU will be organizing events, together with companies in the Bee Group and other stakeholders, to inform its members of business initiatives driving sustainability, and the role of legislators in helping these initiatives.