Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD)

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1990, by Swiss industrialist Stephan Schmidheiny, to provide a business perspective to United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), 1992, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Ceased to exist when merged with World Industry Council for the Environment (WICE), 1 Jan 1995, to form World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).


In the field of sustainable development: provide business leadership as a catalyst for change; work with and encourage policy makers to create the framework conditions required for business to make an effective contribution; help make business a respected partner in policy development and implementation; promote clear understanding in the global business community and challenge business to self-examine its performance; encourage business to develop goals and actions within their current profit and loss criteria and within the context of present and future international agreements, governmental policies and fiscal measures.

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Phase I (with respect to UNCED) completed 1992. Phase II focuses on sustainable development with particular emphasis on: 'Eco-Efficiency' - increasing added value while minimizing resource use and pollution; 'Technology Cooperation' - partnership to transfer clean technologies, along with training and education, from companies which have them to companies which need them. Also emphasizes problems of developing nations and regions, and ways in which business can contribute to solutions. Instrumental in setting up: Sustainable Project Management - Innovative Partnerships for Sustainable Development (SPM).


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 4 inter-governmental organizations.
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Members in 30 countries
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Subjects *

  • Commerce
    • Business Enterprises
  • Development
    • Sustainable Development

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production



Last News Received

22. Sep 1994
* Subject classification is derived from the organization names and aims.
** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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