World Environment Center Awards the 2022 Gold Medal for International Corporate Sustainability to AB InBev

World Environment Center presents the Gold Medal Award to AB InBev at Planet Word Museum on Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 in Washington. (Joy Asico / Asico Photo)

The World Environment Center was pleased to award its 38th Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development to Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), the world’s leading brewer. The Gold Medal Award was presented to AB InBev CEO Michel Doukeris at an in-person ceremony at Washington, DC’s Planet Word on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.

The Gold Medal Award is presented annually to a global company that has integrated sustainability into its business practices, created ground-breaking solutions to critical environmental and social challenges, and demonstrated global leadership to accelerate progress toward a sustainable future. An independent Gold Medal Jury comprised of recognized sustainability experts selects the Gold Medalist through a global competition among nominated companies invited to apply for the Award.   

The Gold Medal Jury selected AB InBev this year in recognition of the company’s strong sustainability track record, ambitious commitments, and its focused ESG strategy aimed at creating shared prosperity across its value chain. The Jury recognized AB InBev for catalyzing impact beyond its own operations through its 2025 Sustainability Goals and ambition to achieve net zero across its value chain by 2040; its engagement with suppliers, business partners and consumers to scale impact; and its commitment to innovation through the award-winning 100+ Accelerator Program.

Gold Medal Jury Chair Linda Fisher, former Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer of DuPont, said “on behalf of the Jury, I extend my sincere congratulations to AB InBev for its thoughtful approach to sustainability. AB InBev has demonstrated its commitment to renewable energy, water stewardship, smart agriculture, circular packaging, and human rights.  These commitments coupled with a global supply chain have a far-reaching and positive sustainability impact around the world.”

“We are honored to receive the 2022 Gold Medal Award for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development. Beer is inclusive, natural and local. We envision a future that is more sustainable and more inclusive. This award recognizes our ambition on sustainability, and I want to thank our team for their commitment as we continue to dream big to create a future with more cheers,” said Michel Doukeris, Chief Executive Officer, AB InBev. 

“We congratulate AB InBev and salute the company’s commitment to sustainable development,” said WEC President & CEO Glenn Prickett. “In these challenging times, we hope that recognizing AB InBev’s leadership with the Gold Medal Award will inspire other companies to aim higher in their commitments to sustainability.”

Preceding the award ceremony, WEC hosted its annual WEC Gold Medal Symposium, which this year focused on the theme “Leadership for a Sustainable Future: Building a Next Generation Business Today.” Featured panelists included Ezgi Barcenas, Chief Sustainability Officer, AB InBev and Thomas L. Friedman, Foreign Affairs Columnist, The New York Times.

About the Gold Medal
The World Environment Center’s Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development was established in 1985 to recognize significant industry initiatives in global environmental excellence and sustainable development. Recent recipients of the WEC Gold Medal Award are Microsoft (2021), the Ford Motor Company (2020), Trane Technologies (formerly Ingersoll Rand; 2019), Ecolab, (2018), HP Inc. (2017), Jacobs – formerly CH2M (2016), SC Johnson (2015), Unilever (2013), IBM (2012), Nestlé (2011), Wal-Mart Stores (2010), The Coca-Cola Company (2009), and Marks & Spencer (2008).

The Gold Medal Jury is independent of WEC and its programs, and is composed of international leaders from academia, government, non-governmental organizations, and retired industry professionals. 

About the World Environment Center
The World Environment Center advances sustainable development through corporate business practices. Headquartered in Washington, D.C. with offices in Europe and Latin America, WEC creates business solutions through executive roundtables on key sustainability challenges, builds capacity of small enterprises in emerging markets, and honors industry excellence through its annual Gold Medal Award. WEC is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization. For more information, please visit www.wec.org.

2022 WEC Gold Medal Symposium “Leadership for a Sustainable Future: Building a Next Generation Business Today” Summary

Download full summary in English here

On the occasion of awarding the 2022 Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development to AB InBev, the World Environment Center (WEC) convened a Symposium for business executives to discuss with thought leaders and practitioners how to navigate the business risks (and opportunities) from a more unpredictable global economy than any time in recent memory. The war in Europe, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the catastrophic climate crisis are changing the world like nothing else in the past 80 years. Business leaders must assure business continuity in the near term while taking action to build a resilient, next-generation business. Held under the Chatham House Rule, this Symposium was a dialogue designed to share goals, strategies, and practical solutions, and to lead the global transformation towards resilience and sustainability.

To read the full summary, key point details and additional information, click HERE.

Note:  WEC Executive Roundtables are conducted under the Chatham House Rule.

World Environment Center to Award 2022 Gold Medal for Corporate Sustainability to AB InBev

The World Environment Center is pleased to announce that its 38th Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development will be awarded to Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), the world’s leading brewer. The Gold Medal Award will be presented to AB InBev CEO Michel Doukeris at an in-person ceremony at Washington, DC’s Planet Word on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.

The Gold Medal Award is presented annually to a global company that has integrated sustainability into its business practices, created ground-breaking solutions to critical environmental and social challenges, and demonstrated global leadership to accelerate progress toward a sustainable future. An independent Gold Medal Jury comprised of recognized sustainability experts selects the Gold Medalist through a global competition among nominated companies invited to apply for the Award.    

The Gold Medal Jury selected AB InBev this year in recognition of the company’s strong sustainability track record, ambitious commitments, and its focused ESG strategy aimed at creating shared prosperity across its value chain. The Jury recognized AB InBev for catalyzing impact beyond its own operations through its 2025 Sustainability Goals and ambition to achieve net zero across its value chain by 2040; its engagement with suppliers, business partners and consumers to scale impact; and its commitment to innovation through the award-winning 100+ Accelerator Program.

Gold Medal Jury Chair Linda Fisher, former Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer of Dupont, said “on behalf of the Jury, I extend my sincere congratulations to AB InBev for its thoughtful approach to sustainability. AB InBev has demonstrated its commitment to renewable energy, water stewardship, smart agriculture, circular packaging, and human rights.  These commitments coupled with a global supply chain have a far-reaching and positive sustainability impact around the world.”

In acknowledging receipt of the prestigious global sustainability award, Ezgi Barcenas, Chief Sustainability Officer, AB InBev said, “We are honored and humbled to receive the 2022 Gold Medal Award. This is a true testament to the commitment, leadership and hard work of our team of teams around the world. It will further inspire us to dream big to create a future with more cheers – a future that is more sustainable and inclusive.”

“We congratulate AB InBev and salute the company’s commitment to sustainable development,” said WEC President & CEO Glenn Prickett. “In these challenging times, we hope that recognizing AB InBev’s leadership with the Gold Medal Award will inspire other companies to aim higher in their commitments to sustainability.”

About the Gold Medal

The World Environment Center’s Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development was established in 1985 to recognize significant industry initiatives in global environmental excellence and sustainable development. Recent recipients of the WEC Gold Medal Award are Microsoft (2021), the Ford Motor Company (2020), Trane Technologies (formerly Ingersoll Rand; 2019), Ecolab, (2018), HP Inc. (2017), Jacobs – formerly CH2M (2016), SC Johnson (2015), Unilever (2013), IBM (2012), Nestlé (2011), Wal-Mart Stores (2010), The Coca-Cola Company (2009), and Marks & Spencer (2008).

The Gold Medal Jury is independent of WEC and its programs, and is composed of international leaders from academia, government, non-governmental organizations, and retired industry professionals. 

About the World Environment Center

The World Environment Center advances sustainable development through corporate business practices. Headquartered in Washington, D.C. with offices in Europe and Latin America, WEC creates business solutions through executive roundtables on key sustainability challenges, builds capacity of small enterprises in emerging markets, and honors industry excellence through its annual Gold Medal Award. WEC is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization. For more information, please visit www.wec.org.

World Environment Center to Award 2021 Gold Medal for Corporate Sustainability to Microsoft During Annual Gold Medal Award Presentation

The World Environment Center (WEC) will award its 37th annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development to Microsoft during the annual Gold Medal Award virtual presentation on June 9, 2021.

During the award presentation Brad Smith, President, Microsoft will be accepting the Gold Medal Award on behalf of Microsoft. Bob Holycross, VP, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering and Andy Hobbs, Global Director of the Environmental Quality Office from Ford Motor Company – 2020 WEC Gold Medal Award winner – will join the presentation. Speakers also include New York Times journalist, Thomas L. Friedman.

Through a global competition, the independent Gold Medal Jury selected Microsoft’s application for integrating sustainability into the core of their business. The Gold Medal Jury selected Microsoft this year in recognition of the company’s strong sustainability record and ambitious commitments. The Jury recognized Microsoft for advancing global progress beyond its core business by its investment in carbon removal, its Climate Innovation Fund, and its public policy engagement on climate change.

In summarizing the decision of the Gold Medal Jury, Jury Chair Katherine Sierra, former Vice President for Sustainable Development at the World Bank, stated, “On behalf of the Jury members, I extend my sincere congratulations to Microsoft for its thoughtful approach to sustainability impact. Microsoft demonstrates its strong commitment to be a carbon negative, water positive, zero waste company and its exemplary ambition to develop a Planetary Computer. These commitments coupled with a global supply chain have a far-reaching and positive sustainability impact around the world.”

“The World Environment Center’s Gold Medal for corporate sustainability emphasizes the importance of holistic, company-wide approaches to sustainability,” said Microsoft President Brad Smith. “To reach an equitable, net-zero future, society requires a similarly thoughtful approach, where everyone does their part. That’s why we’re committed to taking responsibility for our own emissions, and why we are helping to empower our partners, customers and suppliers to do the same.”

Following the award ceremony, WEC will host its annual Gold Medal Roundtable, which this year focuses on the theme “Climate Action for a Green Recovery.” The Roundtable will feature keynote speaker Lucas Joppa — Chief Environmental Officer, Microsoft and company executives. Both Gold Medal events are by invitation only.

The World Environment Center’s Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development was established in 1985 to recognize significant industry initiatives in global environmental excellence and sustainable development. Recent recipients of the WEC Gold Medal Award are: Ford Motor Company (2020), Trane Technologies (formerly Ingersoll Rand; 2019), Ecolab, (2018), HP Inc. (2017), Jacobs – formerly CH2M (2016), SC Johnson (2015), Unilever (2013), IBM (2012), Nestlé (2011), Wal-Mart Stores (2010), The Coca-Cola Company (2009), and Marks & Spencer (2008).

The Gold Medal Jury is independent of WEC and its programs, and is composed of international leaders from academia, government, non-governmental organizations, and retired industry professionals.

World Environment Center to Award 2021 Gold Medal for Corporate Sustainability to Microsoft

The World Environment Center (WEC) is pleased to announce that its 37th annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development will be awarded to Microsoft. The Gold Medal Award will be presented at a virtual ceremony on Wednesday, June 9, 2021.

Through a global competition, the independent Gold Medal Jury selected Microsoft’s application for integrating sustainability into the core of their business. The Gold Medal Jury selected Microsoft this year in recognition of the company’s strong sustainability record and ambitious commitments. The Jury recognized Microsoft for advancing global progress beyond its core business by its investment in carbon removal, its Climate Innovation Fund, and its public policy engagement on climate change.

In summarizing the decision of the Gold Medal Jury, Jury Chair Katherine Sierra, former Vice President for Sustainable Development at the World Bank, stated, “On behalf of the Jury members, I extend my sincere congratulations to Microsoft for its thoughtful approach to sustainability impact. Microsoft demonstrates its strong commitment to be a carbon negative, water positive, zero waste company and its exemplary ambition to develop a Planetary Computer. These commitments coupled with a global supply chain have a far-reaching and positive sustainability impact around the world.”

In acknowledging receipt of the prestigious global sustainability award, Lucas Joppa, chief environmental officer, Microsoft said, “The World Environment Center’s long-standing focus on corporate sustainability reflects the enduring nature of one of the most important issues we face. Although there is much work to be done for Microsoft to meet our 2030 commitments, I am heartened by the recognition of our ambition and progress to date, and hope that our efforts will encourage other companies to engage on sustainability. Reaching a net zero future will require a global effort; no one can go at it alone.”

The World Environment Center’s Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development was established in 1985 to recognize significant industry initiatives in global environmental excellence and sustainable development. Recent recipients of the WEC Gold Medal Award are: Ford Motor Company (2020), Trane Technologies (formerly Ingersoll Rand; 2019) Ecolab, (2018), HP Inc. (2017), Jacobs – formerly CH2M (2016), SC Johnson (2015), Unilever (2013), IBM (2012), Nestlé (2011), Wal-Mart Stores (2010), The Coca-Cola Company (2009), and Marks & Spencer (2008).

The Gold Medal Jury is independent of WEC and its programs, and is composed of international leaders from academia, government, non-governmental organizations, and retired industry professionals.

World Environment Center Jury Adds New Members

New WEC board appointments continue accelerating global sustainability solutions

The World Environment Center’s (WEC) is honored to have three new members join this unique group of sustainability leaders, which independently selects the recipient of the annual WEC Gold Medal Award for International Achievement in Sustainable Development winner each year. The jury represent leaders from academia, civil society and the private sector.  

WEC expressed great appreciation to the outgoing Jury member, Dr. Robert W. Slater, Adjunct Professor in Environmental Policy at Carleton University and the President of Coleman, Bright and Associates, for his tremendous support to WEC over the decades and serving as a member of the Jury and previously as member of the WEC Board of Directors.  

The new WEC Jury Members:

  • Rajesh Chhabara, Managing Director, CSRWorks International

Rajesh is the founder and managing director of CSRWorks International, a Singapore-based sustainability pioneer focused on advisory, training and thought leadership with a strong regional network.

Rajesh has more than 20 years of consulting, training and advocacy experience in the private and non-profit sectors in a wide range of industries. His expertise lies in developing sustainability strategies for competitive advantage.

Rajesh has founded several thought leadership programs to advance sustainability excellence in the region, including the Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards, Asia Sustainability Reporting Summit, and Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen.

He has authored or co-authored four books on sustainability. He is also the editorial director for Sustainability Reporting: Learn from Asia’s Best, an annual publication produced by CSRWorks. Rajesh is a regular speaker at international sustainability conferences.

  • Dan Esty, Hillhouse Professor, Yale University

Dan Esty is the Hillhouse Professor at Yale University with primary appointments at Yale’s Environment and Law Schools and a secondary appointment at the Yale School of Management. He serves as director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (www.yale.edu/envirocenter) and as co-director of the Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance. Professor Esty is the author or editor of thirteen books and dozens of articles on environmental protection, regulatory reform, finance, and energy policy — and their connections to sustainability, trade, and broad-based economic progress.

From 2011 to early 2014, Professor Esty served as Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection where he earned a reputation for fresh thinking and practical results – including an ability to consult widely, engage diverse stakeholders, and deliver transformative change. His policy innovations included the launch of Connecticut’s first-in-the-nation Green Bank to promote clean energy using limited public funding to leverage private capital and a restructuring of all of Connecticut’s environmental permitting programs to make the state’s regulatory framework lighter, faster, more efficient, and effective.

Prior to taking up his Yale Professorship in 1994, Professor Esty served in a variety of senior positions at the US Environmental Protection Agency where he helped to manage the agency’s regulatory programs and negotiate the 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change.  He also worked as a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington DC, where his research and writing on the links between trade and sustainability issues and the broader challenges of globalization gained widespread recognition.

  • Catriona Schmolke, FREng, Senior Vice President for the Operational Centers of Excellence at Jacobs (retired) and transitioning into Non-Executive Director portfolio, (United Kingdom)

Catriona has a BSc in Applied Geology from Strathclyde University and a MPhil in Hydrogeology from the University of Newcastle. She is a chartered engineer and geologist with a professional career of 35 years. In 2016 Catriona was honored as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers (FREng) for her work in embedding sustainability principles into the infrastructure professional services sector and in 2019 she was recognized with the Women in Construction and Engineering (WICE) Lifetime Achievement in Engineering Award.

Much of Catriona’s career has been building the capability to deliver sustainable solutions for multi-national and multi-sector clients. Since 1990 she has been raising the profile of environmental and social gain opportunities for clients and building on purpose as the driver for profitable growth and success for all. She led business groups including Environment Management, Sustainable Solutions, Water Utilities, Energy and Waste business sectors as Vice President of Operations and in 2016 she was promoted to Senior Vice President, with global accountability for; health, safety, environment, sustainability, security, resilience and quality. Delivering key milestones such as Jacobs PlanBeyond™ Sustainability Strategy, Climate Action Plan, Collectively™ Global Giving & Volunteering Program and qualifying Jacobs for the Dow Jones North America Index.

Catriona serves on several not-for-profit boards and committees, is a role model and mentor for many professionals and passionately promotes the importance of diversity and inclusion as a key enabler of successful business.

Glenn Prickett, WEC’s President & CEO shared, “WEC is truly delighted to have access to such a well-respected group of leaders to help support our efforts as we work to advance sustainable development.”

About the World Environment Center

WEC is an independent, global non-profit, non-advocacy organization that advances sustainable development through the business practices and operations of its member companies and in partnership with governments, multi-lateral organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities and other stakeholders. WEC’s mission is to accelerate sustainability solutions through innovation, thought leadership and public-private collaboration. It manages projects for companies across their global operations, builds executive-level learning and competency in applying sustainable development across a number of business sectors, and recognizes performance excellence through an annual awards program. WEC is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in China, El Salvador and Germany.

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Call for Nominations for the WEC 2021 Gold Medal Award are now OPEN!

As the world moves to rebuild our economies and to tackle climate change and systemic injustices, corporate leadership on sustainable development is more important than ever.  The Gold Medal Award recognizes excellence and provides inspiration to other companies worldwide.

Nominations are now being accepted for the World Environment Center’s (WEC) 2021 Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development. The Gold Medal Award is presented annually to a global company that demonstrates deep, organization-wide commitment to sustainability in its business practice and beyond. The winner of the 37th Gold Medal for International Achievement in Sustainable Development will be honored at WEC’s Gold Medal Presentation virtually on June 9, 2021.

Submissions of the 2021 WEC Gold Medal Award Nomination Form must be received by Tuesday, January 26, 2020. Self-nominations are welcome. WEC membership is not required as a criterion for submitting a nomination nor for receiving the award.

Now in its 37th year, the WEC Gold Medal Award is the most prestigious recognition of a global company’s contributions to sustainability, as embodied by the winning company’s global engagement and ongoing commitment to sustainable development. An independent jury of international experts in business and sustainability selects the Gold Medal awardee.

The Ford Motor Company was the recipient of the 2020 Gold Medal Award, recognized for their commitment to transforming its culture and innovating across the business, from the production line to the design studio; for their commitment to reduce the CO2 emissions from their facilities and their vehicles, in line with the climate targets outlined in the Paris Climate Accord; and for a global carbon reduction strategy focused on powering facilities with renewable energy.

Previous recent recipients of the WEC Gold Medal Award include: Ingersoll Rand (now Trane Technologies, 2019) Ecolab (2018), HP (2017), CH2M (now Jacobs, 2016), SC Johnson (2015), Unilever (2013), IBM (2012), Nestlé (2011), Walmart (2010), The Coca-Cola Company (2009), and Marks & Spencer (2008).

About the World Environment Center

WEC is an independent, global non-profit, non-advocacy organization that advances sustainable development through the business practices and operations of its member companies and in partnership with governments, multi-lateral organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities and other stakeholders. WEC’s mission is to promote business and societal value by advancing solutions to sustainable development-related problems. It manages projects for companies across their global operations, builds executive level learning and competency in incorporating sustainable development principles across a number of business sectors, and recognizes performance excellence through an annual awards program. WEC is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in China, El Salvador and Germany.

Ford Motor Company Receives World Environment Center’s 2020 Gold Medal Award for Corporate Sustainability

The World Environment Center (WEC) honored the Ford Motor Company by awarding it the 36th annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development. Due to the global pandemic, WEC held a virtual presentation on December 15, 2020. Bob Holycross, Ford’s Chief Sustainability, Environment and Safety Officer, joined the event  to accept the award.

WEC and all those in attendance were honored to have Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, representing Michigan’s 12th Congressional District, present the award through a pre-recorded message and Ford’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Farley, accept on behalf of the company, celebrating its  outstanding work in sustainability through a recorded message.

Through a global competition, the independent Gold Medal Jury selected Ford’s application for their commitment to transforming its culture and innovating across the business, from the production line to the design studio; for its commitment to reduce its CO2 emissions from its facilities and vehicles, in line with the climate targets outlined in the Paris Climate Accord; and for a global carbon reduction strategy focused on powering facilities with renewable energy.

The Honorable Debbie Dingell said, “to my dear friend, Bill Ford, Jim Farley, and the entire Ford Motor Company and its employees, congratulations on this well-earned award and recognition.  When it comes to existential threats like climate change, we need companies like Ford who aren’t afraid to lead and do what’s right. We need corporations that see sustainability not just as a moral imperative but an economic opportunity to shape our future. I am so honored to present the Gold Medal Award, from the World Environment Center to Bill Ford, Jim Farley, and the Ford Motor Company today.” Link to the full message from Congressoman Dingell can be found here.

In acknowledging receipt of the prestigious global sustainability award, Ford’s CEO Jim Farley said, “When you look at Ford’s sustainability story over the last 20 years, we have come a long way under Bill Ford’s leadership. He has truly been a pioneer in our industry on this issue, pushing us to do more to reduce our impact on the planet. As the only U.S. automaker to stand with the Paris Climate Agreement, and with California to adopt more meaningful greenhouse gas emissions reductions, we are proud to lead the way in reducing our impact on the planet while still delivering great products for our customers. On behalf of the Ford team, thank you for honoring us with this year’s Gold Medal Award.” Link to the full message from CEO Jim Farley can be found here.

Ford’s Holycross said, “It’s a great honor to be here on behalf of the entire Ford Team. It’s such an important time in the company’s history. Earlier this year, we announced our ambition to become carbon neutral by 2050. It is important to have ambition, but it’s also important to advocate for the right policies and to have the courage to take stand when necessary. We know what’s good for the planet is good for our business. This award  is an acknowledgement of our progress and an encouragement for us to do more.”

Glenn Prickett, WEC President & CEO, said, “At a time of unprecedented global challenges we need determined leadership from the private sector.  It is especially gratifying to end this year with a celebration of the Ford Motor Company’s achievements and the example they provide to others in the private sector. WEC congratulates Ford on its Gold Medal Award and looks forward to its continuing leadership to strengthen business performance and create a better society.”

The World Environment Center’s Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development was established in 1985 to recognize significant industry initiatives in global environmental excellence and sustainable development. Recent recipients of the WEC Gold Medal Award are: Ingersoll Rand (now Trane Technologies; 2019), Ecolab (2018), HP Inc. (2017), CH2M (2016), SC Johnson (2015), Unilever (2013), IBM (2012), Nestlé (2011), Wal-Mart Stores (2010), The Coca-Cola Company (2009), and Marks & Spencer (2008).

The Gold Medal Jury is independent of WEC and its programs, and is composed of international leaders from academia, government, non-governmental organizations, and retired industry professionals. 

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification; mobility solutions, including self-driving services; and connected services.  Ford employs approximately 187,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit corporate.ford.com.

About the World Environment Center

The World Environment Center, headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices and operations in emerging and developed markets, is unique in its direct application of sustainable development strategies and practices to the business operations of global companies. WEC creates sustainable business solutions through individual projects in emerging markets; convenes leadership roundtables to shape strategic thinking across a range of sustainability topics with a specific focus on the preparation of business leaders to implement sustainability; and honors industry excellence through its annual Gold Medal Award. An independent non-profit organization, WEC conducts no advocacy activities. For more information, please visit www.wec.org.

December 15, 2020 @ 11:00 am 1:00 pm UTC-5

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The Ford Motor Company, the winner of this year’s Gold Medal Award for International Leadership in Sustainable Development, has made a visionary commitment to a future of sustainable mobility through its leadership in electric vehicles, alternative fuels, energy efficiency, and clean production.

Yet one company, even one industry, cannot bring about transformative change by itself. Changing human patterns of mobility in time to address the global challenges of climate change, urbanization, population growth, and biodiversity loss will require system changes that include automotive manufacturing, energy production, information technology, infrastructure development, urban & regional planning, and more.

On the occasion of awarding the Gold Medal to Ford Motor Company, the World Environment Center will convene an Executive Roundtable on the Future of Sustainable Mobility to learn from leaders in these sectors about their efforts to drive systems change in transportation and discuss further efforts required in the years ahead.

The Roundtable will be held virtually in a webinar format, with invited guests to include senior executives from WEC member companies and other international corporations, senior government officials, and thought leaders with environmental, scientific, and academic organizations. Agenda for the event is shared here.

This is an invitation only event.

Summary of the event can be found here.

December 15, 2020 @ 10:00 am 10:45 am UTC-5

The World Environment Center (WEC) is pleased to announce that its 36th annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development will be awarded to Ford Motor Company.  President and Chief Executive Officer of Ford Motor Company, Jim Farley, accepts the Gold Medal Award presented for their outstanding work in Sustainability.

Through a global competition, the independent Gold Medal Jury selected Ford’s application for their commitment to transforming its culture and innovating across the business, from the production line to the design studio; for their commitment to reduce the CO2 emissions from their facilities and their vehicles, in line with the climate targets outlined in the Paris Climate Accord; and for a global carbon reduction strategy focused on powering facilities with renewable energy.

This is an invitation only event.