WEC Action Forum – Event Summary on Building A 100% Positive Future
WEC and members were joined by industry leaders from WEC member companies in discussing Ecolab’s book Clean. We explored building a sustainability strategy at all levels of the organization.
Authors of Clean: Lessons from Ecolab’s Century of Positive Impact, Paul C. Godfrey, William and Roceil Low Professor of Business Strategy in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University & Emilio Tenuta, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Ecolab led the conversation.
Check out key takeaways from this important discussion below:
WEC Executive Roundtables – Working with the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Practical Experience of Global Companies. WEC’s SDG Workshop # 5
The World Environment Center, in collaboration with Ricoh, convened a virtual one-day Executive Roundtable in June 2023. WEC members along with other global companies discussed effective policies and practices in SDGs, and shared best practices on how companies can incorporate them into their sustainability initiatives.
25 participants from business and academia/NGOs in ten industries and eight countries shared their advances on working with the SDGs, i.e. how they collaborate with peers to increase impact. The roundtable was held under the Chatham House Rule to encourage open dialogue, and so none of the quotes or company examples in the report are attributed to anyone.
In case you missed it, check out the summary of this important discussion below.
We are excited to invite you to our next WEC Action Forum: Building a 100% Positive Future on Wednesday, July 26th at 11AM ET (Washington D.C.) / 17:00 CEST (Berlin).
Join industry leaders from WEC member companies in a discussion on Ecolab’s book Clean. We’ll explore building a sustainability strategy around a company’s business strategy.
We will have authors of Clean: Lessons from Ecolab’s Century of Positive Impact, Paul C. Godfrey, William and Roceil Low Professor of Business Strategy in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University & Emilio Tenuta, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Ecolab, to present and speak at our next WEC Action Forum.
This is a WEC members’ only event with open invitations available to peers from your company.
This is a WEC Member only event. To request and invite, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEC hosts 2023 Gold Medal Symposium: Aligning Business Strategy with the UN SDGs
2023 Gold Medal Symposium Summary
On the occasion of awarding the Gold Medal 2023 to Jacobs, WEC convened a Symposium for Business Executives to discuss with thought leaders and practitioners how to align business strategy with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Held under the Chatham House Rule, this Symposium was a dialog designed to learn from companies that made the SDGs the center of their business strategy.
All panelists were current or former WEC Gold Medalists, which underlines that they are successful and leaders in sustainability. Participants Speakers represented the United Nations as well as three Gold Medal awardees.
The Roundtable was held in the beautiful premises of the Planet Word Museum, with approx. 50 senior executives from WEC member companies, other international corporations, as well as from government, science, and think tanks.
WEC Executive Roundtables – Decarbonizing Value Chains:
Hard-to-Abate Industries Event Summary
On April 20th and 21st we hosted a WEC Executive Roundtable, bringing together executives and WEC members in a deep dive into some of the key topics in Decarbonizing Value Chains: Hard-to-Abate Industried. Read the summary of this important discussion below.
WEC Action Forum – Electrifying Corporate Fleets Event Summary
Electrifying Corporate Fleets
On March 27th we hosted our third WEC Action Forum, bringing together executives and WEC members in a deep dive into some of the key topics in electrifying corporate fleets Read the summary of this important discussion below.
WEC, ERM, Beveridge & Diamond host Exec RT on ESG Disclosure: Navigating the Complexity of New Financial Regulations
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On March 15th and 16th we hosted our Executive Roundtable on ESG Disclosure, bringing together executives and WEC members in a deep dive into ESG Disclosure obligations and frameworks in the U.S., Europe, and other markets. Read the summary of this important discussion below.
World Environment Center to recognize Jacobs as the 2023 WEC Gold Medal Awardee for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development
The World Environment Center is pleased to announce that its 39th Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development will be awarded to Jacobs. The Gold Medal Award will be presented to Jacobs at an in-person ceremony at Washington, DC’s Planet Word on Wednesday, May 17, 2023.
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 Jacobs this year in recognition of Jacobs’ initiatives that integrate sustainability across their organization and client solutions. The Jury recognized Jacobs for its sustainable business strategy PlanBeyond 2.0 which integrates the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals across the entire organization that has led to the creation of corporate strategies, programs, and partnerships that deliver positive impact globally.
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 Jacobs for its thoughtful approach to sustainability. Their commitments coupled with a global initiatives & partnerships have a far-reaching and positive sustainability impact around the world.”
In acknowledging receipt of the prestigious global sustainability award, Jacobs Office of Global Climate Response and ESG Senior Vice President Jan Walstrom said, “over the last several years Jacobs has been on a purposeful journey to integrate sustainable principles into the solutions we develop and deliver to respond to our clients’ greatest challenges, including those directly focused on addressing climate challenge. We know we have a pivotal role to play in addressing the climate emergency and channeling our technology-enabled expertise and capabilities toward benefiting people and the planet. We’re honored that our efforts have been recognized by the World Environment Center and are delighted to receive this prestigious Gold Medal Award.”
“We congratulate Jacobs and salute the company’s commitment to sustainable development,” said WEC President & CEO Glenn Prickett. “In these challenging times, we hope that recognizing Jacobs’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 AB InBev (2022), 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), and Wal-Mart Stores (2010).
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.
WEC Launches Year In Review – A Look Back At Our Programs in 2022
We are thrilled to share our our Year In Review for 2022 gathering highlights from key programs and events that we hosted throughout the year.
We’re proud to have held multiple Thought Leadership events, both in-person and virtually, which brought together business leaders to address shared sustainability priorities. We also awarded our 38th Gold Medal to AB InBev and our Capacity Building programs supported small businesses in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East to build sustainable value chains. Learn more and checkout our full report below!
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WEC, ERM, and Beveridge & Diamond are thrilled to announce our upcoming in-person event WEC Executive Roundtable: ESG Disclosure and Navigating the Complexity of New Financial Regulations happening on March 15th-16th in Washington DC!
Our event will delve into the merging of financial and ESG reporting, the evolving digital tools and technology, and much more. We have a fantastic lineup of speakers who are experts in the industry, and attendees will have the opportunity to participate in questions and discussions.
Please note that this is an invite only event and WEC Executive Roundtables are conducted under the Chatham House Rule.
On December 8th we hosted our second WEC Action Forum, bringing together executives and WEC members in a deep dive into some of the key takeaways from this year’s COP 27 in Sharm El-Sheikh. Read the summary of this important discussion below
Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Value Chains Summary
Gold Medal Symposium Hosted with 2022 Winner, AB InBev
The World Environment Center along with 2022 Gold Medal Winner AB InBev hosted the Gold Medal Symposium on Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Value Chains. Speakers included sustainability executives from AB InBev, Mastercard, Inter-American Development Bank, Colgate-Palmolive, APCO, U.S. State Department, and UNDP