Monthly Archives: November 2018

East-West Seed leads seed industry on increasing smallholder farmer productivity in South and Southeast Asia

Thailand-based East-West Seed outperformed global giants Bayer and Syngenta in the first-ever Access to Seeds Index for South and Southeast Asia, which evaluated the efforts of 24 leading seed companies in the region to support growth in the productivity of smallholder farmers, one of the main targets of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In South and Southeast Asia about 350 […]

WBA is announced as one of ten project winners at Paris Peace Forum – Congratulations Allies!

“Peace is not just the suspension of war. It is made up of all the solutions that help minimize international tensions: cooperation to fight climate change and resource scarcity, institutions to channel power rivalries and administer global public goods, justice to assuage grievances and frustration, regulation to address inequalities and abuses of power.” – Paris […]

‘4 in 10 companies ‘failing’ on human rights’

One of the main results of this year’s benchmark is that 40 out of 101 major extractive, agricultural and clothing or footwear companies ranked are failing to demonstrate respect for human rights on paper or in practice (1). Prada, Starbucks and Kraft Heinz among companies scoring poorly Majority of clothing and agricultural companies failing to […]

Initital scoping report on Gender Equality and Empowerment

This report explores the need for a new gender equality and empowerment benchmark that builds on the great gender work that exists today. This benchmark measures companies’ progress against SDG 5 (Gender Equality) and recognizes key overlaps with other SDGs. This report suggests that a new benchmark requires an approach that is integrated (covers the […]

The Alliance: Collectively shaping the way forward

Quotes provided by Andres Roberts, our guide and facilitator of the Allies in-person meeting and upcoming deep-dive session at the Rockerfeller Centre in Bellagio. To achieve the SDGs by 2030 new models of leadership, partnerships and collaboration are needed. The building of an Alliance, by a varied and diverse group of stakeholders, is dedicated in […]

“The lack of good, long-term leadership is a major challenge to the sustainability agenda”

An interview with Chris Coulter co-CEO, and Eric Whan Director, of GlobeScan GlobeScan helped the WBA to collect insights from sustainability experts by gauging their attitudes towards new SDG-orientated benchmarks and requesting their views on the best approach and methodology for developing these benchmarks. Chris Coulter, co-CEO of GlobeScan, described this experience as “kindred spirits […]

“Our objective is simple: to make business the greatest force for good in our planet”

During the launch of WBA in September, Mark Wilson, CEO of Aviva Plc, talked about making corporate sustainability a competitive sport and building momentum for the WBA. “Our objective is simple: to make business the greatest force for good in our planet. But we can only do this if CEOs, boards and regulators actually think […]

“SDG 17 is there for a reason”

Gerbrand Haverkamp, Director of the World Benchmarking Alliance, rounded off our launch event by announcing the next steps and reiterating the WBA’s promise for aspiration, independence and simplicity. “I am confident that together with you as Allies, we can make this happen. Because any meaningful action on the SDGs transcends the realm of any single […]