Author Archives: Lisa Kos

The impact of multinationals in developing countries

Our mission is to build a movement to measure and incentivise business impact towards a future that works for everyone. For this reason, in all our benchmarks, engagement and operational activities, we focus on impact in developing countries.   We published a list of the 2,000 keystone companies that we believe will be most influential for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. They are headquartered […]

Investors with over US$4.5 trillion in assets criticise weak human rights performance of leading companies

Press release A group of 176 international investors representing over $4.5 trillion in assets under management have joined forces to call out the human rights performance of some of the world’s most well-known companies. The 95 worst performing companies on human rights due diligence in the latest Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB), which include Carlsberg, […]

We are a fifth of the way there! Let’s hope we are not living on a prayer

Written by Charlotte Hugman and Jennifer van Beek The urgency of climate action has never been greater. Rising temperatures have worsened extreme weather events; wildfire seasons are months longer; and the effects of rising sea levels and coastal erosion are a reality for people now, not sometime in the future. Climate change will continue to […]

Is the electric utilities sector on track to meet the Paris Agreement?

With 67 countries and eight US states now having set net-zero carbon ambitions, the pressure is on for electric utilities companies to turn down the heat on producing power. These companies face transition risks from such incoming policies, as well as from legal, technological and market changes, including consumer appetite for clean electricity. With electricity […]

Are the large emitters setting Science Based Targets?

WBA has identified the 450 companies critical to meeting the decarbonisation and energy transformation needed to put the planet on a more sustainable path. Using keystone metrics, including the scale of different scopes of greenhouse gas emissions we have named these ‘keystone’ companies with disproportionate influence on the decarbonisation and energy system. The companies cover a range of industries from automobiles, to electric utilities and real […]

Call for improved UN Sustainable Development Goals disclosures

We have joined other leading accounting bodies and others calling for corporate and asset owner action and improved reporting on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in an attempt to hit goals set for 2030.  The recommendations are detailed in the report, Sustainable Development Goals Disclosure (SDGD) Recommendations, authored by Carol Adams, Professor of Accounting, […]

SDG2000: The most influential 2000 companies for a sustainable future

Today, we revealed the SDG2000, a list of the companies that have the most influence over our ability to move to a more sustainable future. The list – comprised of companies which collectively make up half of the entire global economy and are responsible for $43trillion in revenue – is part of WBA’s mission to […]

CHRB launches third benchmark to show how 200 companies perform on human rights

Most businesses failing on human rights due diligence, major ranking shows  Over half of major companies in apparel, extractive, food & beverage and tech manufacture are failing on human rights – particularly on due diligence – in new Corporate Human Rights Benchmark; Steady improvements seen over three years, but one in five companies fail to […]

How could improved nutrition contribute to food system transformation

On 15 October, World Benchmarking Alliance, World Food Programme (WFP) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) jointly held a side event at the 46th Food and Agriculture (FAO) Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome. The event bought together speakers from both the public and private sectors to discuss their respective contributions to […]