Action2020 – Setting the pace for progress

Can business be a positive force to solve global environmental and social issues? We say, “Yes” - and we’re backing it up with Action2020. Created by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and its member companies, Action2020 is our platform for sustainability in action. It’s the roadmap 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. Based on the latest scientific consensus, Action2020 sets an agenda for business to take action on sustainable development to 2020 and beyond.

Find out more at Action2020.org 

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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. Some Business Solutions require only companies’ efforts to implement; others will be enabled by policy and regulatory changes or partnerships. 

In short, 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 – in fewer words...

Because pictures speak louder than words, we've prepared an infographic to explain what Action2020 is about. You can view it here as well as download it and share it with your colleagues.

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  • Accenture
  • American Electric Power (AEP)        
  • Det Norsk Veritas (DNV)
  • DSM
  • Environmental Resources Management Group (ERM)
  • Henkel
  • Infosys ExCo
  • Monsanto
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
  • Royal Dutch Shell ExCo
  • Solvay
  • Siemens
  • Syngenta
  • Toshiba Corporation
  • Unilever
  • Vale

Core Group Members

  • 3M
  • ABB
  • Akzo Nobel 
  • Asahi Glass
  • BASF
  • BMW 
  • Chevron
  • CLP Holdings
  • Deloitte
  • Deutsche Post
  • DuPont
  • Eastman Chemicals
  • EDF
  • Eskom ExCo
  • Honda
  • Komatsu
  • L'Oreal
  • Mitsubishi Chemicals
  • Nestlé
  • Novozymes
  • PepsiCo
  • Procter & Gamble (P&G)
  • Sabic
  • Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.
  • Svenska Cellulosa (SCA)
  • Toyota ExCo
  • UPS  
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