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Strategic insights, learnings and best practices

Strategic insights, learnings and best practices

Since 1997, the WEC has convened over 200 thought leadership events in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia.  Our events provide executive leaders with a platform to share strategic insights, learnings and best practices.  WEC’s Thought Leadership agenda is member driven, providing companies with the opportunities to learn about current topics that are of greatest importance.  Our events offer leading perspectives and include stakeholders from industry, NGOs, academia and the government.

Recent Events Highlights   


BuiltEnvironmentInnovation in the Built Environment

According to Architecture 2030, buildings generate nearly 40% annual global GHG emissions, changing the trajectory is essential to preventing climate change.  This, however, is not an easy task.  Approximately two-thirds of the building area that exists today will still exist in 2050. Renovations affect less than 1% of building stock annually.  Global building stock will double in area by 2060.  In fact, the world is currently undergoing the largest wave of urban growth in human history – more than half of the global population is now concentrated in urban centers and by 2060 two thirds of the expected population will live in cities.  It was also recognized the built environment affects health in several ways.

Leading companies, non-profit organizations and academic leaders gathered in Washington, D.C. to discuss current global and local trends and best practices. Read the summary here.

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Accounting Methodologies and Goal Setting – TCFD & Natural/Social Capital Valuation

With growing empirical evidence that high sustainability performance provides better financial returns, capital is being allocated to companies with good performance on material sustainability issues. The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) is a clear example of the finance community taking steps to better align ESG-reporting with investors’ needs. However, purpose-driven company strategies and new accounting methodologies to understand the business impact on nature and society may help investors to further distinguish between risky laggards and well-managed outperformers. Some of the leading companies, think-tank experts and investment firms gathered in Basel to discuss current trends. 

Read the Executive Summary here.

water eventPropelling Water Stewardship in a Water Stressed Future

There is no question that the world faces a growing water crisis.  It is clear the time for action is now.  Leading companies, think-tank experts and banks gathered in Mexico City, Mexico to discuss current global and local trends and best practices. 

The Executive Summary provides additional insight on key points including:  water insecurity, water as a business risk, price of water, risk mitigation, Ecolab Smart-Water Navigator, innovative treatment solutions that enable reuse, community engagement and partnership, contextual water targets, collective action at the water basin level,  water funds, water investment decisions, innovation and technology solutions in the agricultural sector, distribution loss solutions and bank recognition of risk.

Read the Executive Summary here.   I    Haga clic para leer en español


SDGBusiness Workshop on Implementing the UN SDGs

The World Environment Center, DNV GL and nine global companies met on February 6, 2019 in a workshop in Munich/Germany to explore trends in the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to share best practices. While global trends are showing that the large majority of large corporations have prioritized the SDGs for their organization and find value in them, meaningful engagement on target-level is hardly established. This is concerning as none of the SDGs are on track to being met. The workshop revealed that companies have now understood that the SDGs provide an opportunity to take additional action beyond established corporate sustainability goals and that it is more promising to focus action on target-level than addressing one of the 17 Goals without differentiation. The discussion helped to share practical ideas about how business can best start the process of working with the SDGs and how focused collaboration can be achieved. 

Event Summary: Business Workshop on Implementing the UN SDGs

Prior Events 

Disclosure & Reporting

Circular Economy

Sustainable Supply Chain Management & the UN SDG's

Social Responsibility & Human Rights

Water Stewardship

Climate & Energy


Transforming Sustainability into Business Strategy


WEC would like to thank our partners and member companies who have hosted events in the last several years: Boehringer Ingelheim, Boeing, Dow Chemical, Erb Institute at Michigan University, ERM, Ingersoll Rand, Johnson Controls, Marks and Spencer, Merck Germany, Hoffmann-La Roche, Sanofi, SC Johnson, Shell, Stanford University and Volkswagen.

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