This report is a product of WBCSD


The WBCSD Leadership Program is a unique professional and leadership development opportunity aiming to provide current and future business leaders with an in-depth understanding of the sustainability challenges and opportunities that will feed into their strategic decision-making. As sustainable businesses will be more successful in the future, it’s therefore critical for the next generation of leaders to understand the importance of sustainability to their businesses and integrate the opportunities and risks in their core business strategy.

The year’s focus was on “Integrating strategic sustainability into business decision-making”. True integration of sustainability means that material issues are effectively addressed within business functions and seen as critical to the company’s viability. Integration enables companies to understand internally and — where relevant — communicate externally how they create value and to better manage performance on critical issues.

The 2017 program brought together 32 high potential leaders over a nine-month period. They came together for week-long meetings in various locations: Yale University and New York (US), Berlin (Germany) and Mexico City (Mexico). Professor Rodney Irwin and Suzanne Feinmann from our Education team facilitated the three learning modules: Sustainability in context, Sustainability in action and Leading sustainability.

Integration enables companies to understand internally and — where relevant — communicate externally how they create value and to better manage performance on critical issues. The program brought together 32 participants, from WBCSD member companies, over a nine-month period. They wrote five reports based on literature reviews, research and interviews:

  • Degrees of change: Embedding climate change risks in business decision-making through enterprise risk management
  • A guide to dilemma resolution at the board-level
  • Challenges and opportunities: Applying the Natural Capital Protocol scope stage
  • Social Capital – A missed opportunity. A review of how companies can use the Social Capital Protocol to inform the decision to open a new site.
  • Creating stakeholder value through energy efficiency collaborations in cities

Download the summary document here.

This document only provides a summary of the five reports. The full reports are available from WBCSD. To learn more, please contact Suzanne Feinmann- Feinmann@wbcsd.org

Read on at: WBCSD.