Implementing solutions for sustainable development

Around the world, WEC leads projects in collaboration with businesses, governments, academia and NGOs to advance sustainable development. We provide technical, educational, project management and other services to industry, governments or others worldwide to achieve concrete business and societal value.

Empower Innovation Challenge

The World Environment Center (WEC) and its partners Ncleo de Biotecnologa de Curauma (NBC) and Baastel will support the expansion of the La Red de Innovacion e Impacto (La RED) network through a new Empower Innovation Challenge (EIC) in the Latin-American and Caribbean (LAC) region.

The goal of the EIC will be to assist women-owned micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in scaling their businesses through a series of small grants focused on local solutions. With a focus in green and blue economies, the EIC partnership will provide training, access to capital, networking, and partnership opportunities with local and international businesses.

Learn more about the Empower Innovation Challenge here.

LA RED de Innovación e Impacto

The U.S. Department of State funded WEC and its partners, Le Groupe-conseil baastel ltéeContext Partners, and EarthShift Global, to select and support organizations who are accelerating business development and promoting sustainable economic growth in Latin America.

The impacts from our LA RED de Innovación e Impacto Project now stretch across eleven countries: more than 300 micro, small and medium enterprises have benefited from technical assistance, 1,800 people have found new or better employment, and more than 4,400 farmers have improved their operations.

The La Red program via World Environment Center has ended. However the program continues to operate independently.

Learn more about the current program on the La Red website.

Promoting Sustainability Management In Latin America

The German Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)  funded the World Environment Center Europe (WEC Europe) and the Institute for Sustainability to disseminate best practices in corporate sustainability. The project’s goal was to collaborate with companies in Chile and Mexico, whose operations extend across Latin America, to discuss systematic sustainability management and the corresponding elements in existing frameworks. WEC partnered with two leading organizations, APLE in Chile and CESPEDES in Mexico, to provide their on-the-ground knowledge and support to achieve project objectives.

WEC and its partners released the full study results in March 2019. You can find more information here.

Contact Frank Werner for more information.


The State Department Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs has funded the World Environment Center to promote environmental governance though improved practices and technologies in Morocco and Jordan. The purpose of this initiative is to strengthen environmental governance that will lead to the adoption of improved environmental practices, technologies, and services, particularly in addressing air pollution, and water and waste management challenges. WEC has partnered with EDI Consulting in Morocco and Water & Environment Centre/Cleaner Production Unit at the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan to provide their on-the-ground knowledge and support to achieve project objectives.

Contact Ernesto Samayoa for more information on this important work.

Creating Sustainable Value Chains

With funding from the Walmart Foundation, WEC developed an innovative program that is  providing integral capacity building and market linkages  solutions for small and marginalized farmers, and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from the agricultural and agroindustry sectors (e.g. vegetables, food processing) to strengthen their capacity and facilitate their market access, to a diverse array of differentiated market buyers in the countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The project aims also to create further formal market linkages to export.

Prior Programs


For over 25 years,, WEC has performed capacity building services in Latin America, Eastern Europe, The Middle East, Northern Africa, and Asia Pacific. Our historical funding partners have included the U.S. State Department, Alcoa, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, Marriott Hotels, Shanghai General Motors, SGM Wuling, Walmart, The German Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Nathan Associates and USAID. Link here for more information