about the WBCSD
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a coalition of 130 international companies united by a shar ed commitment to sustainable development. Its members are drawn from 30 countries and more than 20 major industrial sectors. The organization also benefits from a thriving global network of national and regional business councils and partner organizations.
The WBCSD aims to be a catalyst for change and fosters closer co-operation between business, government and other organizations concerned with sustainable
development. It also serves as a forum where leading business people can exchange ideas and best practice in this field. The or ganization’s work program reflects the determination of many in business to engage in an action-oriented appr oach. In particular, the WBCSD carries out a program covering the following focus ar eas:
sustainability reporting; corporate social responsibility; sustainability through the
market; innovation, technology, society and sustainability; climate and ener gy; and
F u r t h e r , t h e r e a r e c u r r e n t l y f o u r s e c t o r a l p r o j e c t s u n d e r w a y w i t h i n t h e W B C S D o n
sustainable mobility, cement, mining and forestry.
Acknowledgments The WBCSD’s working group on Eco-Efficiency Metrics and Reporting was fortunate to have the commitment and leadership of Robin Bidwell, chair man, ERM plc, and
Hendrik Verfaillie, president of Monsanto Company. We would also like to extend our
a p p r e c i a t i o n f o r t h e d e d i c a t e d e f f o r t s p r o v i d e d b y C h a r l e s W . K e f f e r , D i r e c t o r , E H S
Operations Policy & SD Operational Excellence, Monsanto Company. Further, many
thanks to Markus Lehni, Program Manager at the WBCSD, who oversaw the W B C S D ’ s e c o - e f f i c i e n c y w o r k f o r t h e p a s t t h r e e y e a r s , a n d b r o u g h t t h e m e t r i c s a n d
reporting project to a tangible outcome. Finally, we should like to thank all the
individuals who participated in the year-long pilot program to test the indicators,
refine them, and bring them to life.
Disclaimer WBCSD reports, such as this document, ar e released in the name of the WBCSD. Each publication is the product of a working group, comprising executives of
member companies, mandated by the council to addr ess a particular topic, often
drawing on the advice of inter nationally renowned experts.
Each working group is chaired by council members, who lead the clearance pr ocess,
which includes the review of the text by all members and the final appr oval by the executive committee. This process ensures that each document represents the majority view of the WBCSD. However, it does not mean that ever y member agrees
with every word.
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June 2000 ISBN 2-940240-14-0