Executives Address How to Create Value through Sustainable Practices at World Business Council for Sustainable Development Conference
Executives from 80 leading corporations, NGOs and other organizations based in the U.S. Midwest – and reporting an aggregated $2.1 trillion in revenue – met to discuss how their organizations could accelerate their sustainable practices at the second annual World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) U.S. Midwest Conference.
Representatives from the invited organizations discussed U.S. water trends; tactics that companies can employ to promote and accelerate more sustainable consumption; and the implications of Rio+20 for corporations. Organizations also shared best practices to foster collaboration at the national and regional levels.
In his keynote remarks, WBCSD President Peter Bakker said, “Everyone talks about sustainability, but the world is not getting better. We need radical change. We need to act now.”
According to the WBCSD report Vision 2050, nine billion people will share the planet by mid-century. Twenty-nine leading global companies from 14 industries collaborated to write the report, which resulted from an 18-month combined effort of CEOs, sustainability experts and more than 200 companies and external stakeholders in 20 countries. It features agreed-upon must-haves if the world’s population in 2050 is to live well and within the limits of the planet’s resources.