Category Archives: Publications

Gender Benchmark methodology addresses need for better data

Gender inequalities persist around the globe. Now more than ever, there is a need to close the global gender gap, and we believe companies are uniquely positioned to do so across their entire value chains.   While there are a growing number of resources available to support companies in their push for gender equality and women’s empowerment, stakeholders are still looking […]

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 […]

Third roundtable Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment Benchmark and its key takeaways

In 2020, we will rank the 36 most influential global apparel companies in our Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment Benchmark (GEWEB). During the development of the methodology for this benchmark, we held a third roundtable on 9 December 2019 in Bangalore, India.   This roundtable brought together 16 participants from across 12 leading global apparel […]

Farmers at WBA Farmer Roundtables 2019 emphasise social inclusion as priority for food system transformation

It is one of the most pressing questions of our time: how to feed a growing population without depleting the planet’s resources? Scientists tell us it’s possible, but it will require no less than a ‘food system transformation’; a shift towards more nutritious diets and methods of sustainable production whilst ensuring the livelihoods of farmers […]

Draft Methodology Digital Inclusion Benchmark

Today, 27 January 2020, with pleasure we publish the draft methodology for the Digital Inclusion Benchmark (DIB). Like all benchmarks we publish, it is part of WBA’s wider effort to measure and rank the 2,000 most influential companies on how they contribute to the SDGs. We kindly invite all interested stakeholders to review the methodology […]

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 […]

Draft methodology Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Benchmark

Today, 16 December 2019, we are happy to publish the draft methodology for the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Benchmark (GEWEB). We invite all interested stakeholders to review the methodology and provide us with feedback by 31 January 2020 via this link.  GEWEB seeks to measure, compare and incentivise corporate impact on gender equality and women’s empowerment across the entire value chain. It starts with a spotlight on […]

Measuring the world’s 25 most influential auto manufacturers

The Climate & Energy Benchmark assesses 25 companies in the automotive sector on their contributions to limiting global warming to well below 2°C. The benchmark is the first WBA has undertaken to measure and rank the climate action performance of high-carbon emitting industries, including electric utilities and oil & gas. These benchmarks will collectively support […]

Measuring the world’s 30 most influential seafood companies

The Seafood Stewardship Index demonstrates how the world’s 30 most influential seafood companies are contributing to the sustainable management of our oceans, as well as how they help ensure responsible social practices are implemented across their supply chain. Three billion people rely on seafood as an essential part of their diet. Providing this nutritious food […]

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 […]