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Bureau international de l'environnement (BIE)

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28 May 1986, Barcelona (Spain), at a meeting of the Governing Council of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), following: meetings of leading corporate officers from industry in Europe and USA, held in 1985, London (UK) and New York NY (USA); the follow-up meeting of the World Industry Conference on Environmental Management (WICEM), 22-23 Nov 1986, Geneva (Switzerland), of ICC and United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment); meeting of senior executives at ICC headquarters in Paris (France), 16 May 1986. The 2nd WICEM Conference, 10-12 Apr 1991, Rotterdam (Netherlands), recommended the expansion of IEB mandate to follow up Conference conclusions and to support enterprises worldwide implementing the principles of ICC Business Charter for Sustainable Development. This was endorsed by ICC Council and Executive Board. Previously a division of ICC, funded independently by industrial corporations and business associations. Activities taken over by World Industry Council for the Environment (WICE), itself currently replaced by World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).


Promote environmental management; assist managers in business worldwide to progress towards sustainable development and help make it accessible to managers in Third World countries and in Central Europe and Eastern Europe.

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Activities are in close cooperation with ICC Commissions and Task Forces, together with regular exchange of views with a network of senior executives and environmental managers in member companies. For the period 1991-1992, activities focused on the principles of the 'ICC Business Charter for Sustainable Development: Principles for Environmental Management' taken up by WICEM II conference, including: making environmental management a corporate priority (through supporting environmental activities of member corporations and providing background material and access to other members' specific experience in IEB's Case Data Bank); promoting energy and resource efficiency improvements (through joint programmes on international and local levels); promoting environmental auditing (in cooperation with ICC and through industry meetings worldwide); facilitating and helping to make existing sources of technology and know-how more easily accessible, particularly to companies in developing countries and in Central and Eastern Europe - either with the help of ICPIC or through relevant members or other organizations, and organization of joint ventures; promoting understanding of sustainable development as a basis for all further education (through working closely with universities, technical institutes and corporate training centres of members); complementing ICC's efforts with United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), June 1992, Brazil. Organizes, co-sponsors and supports conferences, seminars, workshops and meetings.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 4 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 5 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 14 countries
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Subjects *

  • Commerce
    • Business Enterprises
  • Management
    • Management
  • Environment
    • Environment
  • Development
    • Sustainable Development

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land



Last News Received

5. Aug 1992
* Subject classification is derived from the organization names and aims.
** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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