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Seven systems transformations for benchmarking companies on the SDGs

We aim to drive the private sector’s engagement in the SDGs through our benchmarks. We envision a future where companies, investors, governments, civil society and individuals can quickly and easily compare businesses and motivate a ‘race to the top’. WBA identified seven systems transformations that offer a strategic framework to develop benchmarks and identify keystone […]

WBA and CDP announce strategic partnership to future proof the high carbon emitting sector  

Today WBA and CDP, the non-profit global environmental disclosure platform announced their strategic partnership to further decarbonize the economy and ensure a climate resilient future. A major decarbonisation and energy transformation is still needed to align with global efforts to prevent the worst impacts of climate change and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement – to limit […]

Progress on the development of the Gender Equality & Empowerment Benchmark

WBA held its second roundtable for the Gender Equality and Empowerment Benchmark (GEEB) on 2nd June 2019 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. The roundtable brought together 24 participants from across non-governmental organisations (NGOs), multi-/bi-lateral organisations, companies, financial and research institutions to discuss the latest progress on the development of the GEEB and to help evolve it.

WBA welcomes Paul Druckman as new Chairman of the Board

Paul joins us at an important stage as we develop transformative benchmarks to comprehensively assess the progress of 2,000 key companies needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and accelerate corporate sustainability beyond 2030. Gerbrand Haverkamp, Executive Director, commenting on the appointment said: “Paul shares the mission of WBA to create a movement that […]

Initial selection of industries and companies for WBA’s Food and Agriculture Benchmark now open for public consultation

One of the most pressing global challenges and opportunities of our time is feeding a growing population of 10 billion people by 2050 with a healthy diet from sustainable food systems. It is possible, but it is going to require no less than a great food system transformation and fast delivery. Companies in this sector […]

Building momentum in Mumbai

It was fitting that the roundtables took place around International Women’s Day in Mumbai. “If you have so many women at the production level, you should have as many women [proportionately] at the leadership level.” It highlighted both the global challenges we face but the enormous capacity for change and engagement when business, civil society […]

Homegrown African seed companies outperform multinational peers in serving smallholder farmers

Two homegrown African seed companies top the 2019 Access to Seeds Index for Eastern and Southern Africa, for playing a key role in raising smallholder farmer productivity, according to new research by the Amsterdam-based Access to Seeds Foundation. Kenyan company East African Seed and Seed Co., placed first and second respectively, have both grown their […]

Setting a new seafood standard

Bas Geerts, lead Seafood Stewardship Index, discusses his plans to assess and publish the sustainability scores of the world’s largest seafood companies with Rob Fletchers from The Fish Site. “I believe that transparency is important in supporting companies to fast-track their sustainability efforts. Making international supply chains more transparent is a means to incentivise and […]