Peter Bakker launches Business Council for Sustainable Development Singapore

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) President Peter Bakker today launched the Business Council for Sustainable Development Singapore.

The Business Council for Sustainable Development Singapore (BCSD Singapore) is a membership organization comprised of leading local businesses and the regional arms of international companies. It will work with businesses locally to help foster economic development in harmony with environmental preservation and social development. It will advocate for the implementation of policy frameworks that help sustainable businesses to thrive; reinforce capabilities for sustainability management; spearhead green initiatives; and share its values across all key stakeholders.

Peter Bakker said: “I am delighted to welcome the BCSD Singapore to our family of partner organizations around the globe. Singapore is renowned for its dynamism, and its innovative and progressive approach to business. This city state has made an impressive commitment to sustainability, from using fewer resources and producing less waste, to preserving green spaces and waterways. We look forward to making great strides with our new Regional Network partner.”

Constant Van Aerschot, Executive Director of BCSD Singapore said: “Singapore is poised to be the sustainability hub for the region. As a country that has successfully dealt with resource scarcity, Singapore has the unique combination of know-how and infrastructure, and an impressive track record of sustainable planning. BCSD Singapore will leverage on these strengths to help our member companies become even more competitive while they lead Singapore and the region towards a green economy.”

“We welcome the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)’s Singapore chapter. This is a strong validation of Singapore’s status as a model for sustainable development in Asia. BCSD Singapore will provide companies with a platform for high-level discussions and initiatives to support their efforts to develop and test-bed cutting-edge approaches, exchange ideas and find business partners to progress. This will enable them to achieve their sustainability objectives as they continue to access Asia’s growing markets,” said Kelvin Wong, Executive Director, International Organisations Programme Office, Singapore Economic Development Board.

BCSD Singapore forms part of the WBCSD’s Regional Network. This is an alliance of more than 60 CEO-led business organizations worldwide, united by a shared commitment to providing business leadership for sustainable development in their respective countries or regions.

The founding members of the BCSD Singapore are Apical Group Limited, City Developments Limited, Det Norske Veritas Pte Ltd, Dow Chemical Pacific (Singapore) Pte Ltd and Syngenta Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.

About the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is a CEO-led organization of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment. Together with its members, the Council applies its respected thought leadership and effective advocacy to generate constructive solutions and take shared action. Leveraging its strong relationships with stakeholders as the leading advocate for business, the council helps drive debate and policy change in favor of sustainable development solutions.

The WBCSD provides a forum for its 200 member companies - who represent all business sectors, all continents and a combined revenue of more than $7 trillion - to share best practices on sustainable development issues and to develop innovative tools that change the status quo. The Council also benefits from a network of 60 national and regional business councils and partner organizations, a majority of which are based in developing countries.

www.wbcsd.org

For more information, please contact

Vanessa Whittall, Head of Communications
whittall@wbcsd.org
+41 22 839 31 57

For enquiries from Singapore media, please contact

Nalini Naidu
nalini.naidu@imsg.sg
+65 9633 3198

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