The Honduran Business Council for Sustainable Development, BCSD Honduras (CEHDES) was created in 1994 by entrepreneurs concerned with the implementation of sustainable development in Honduras. CEHDES is a nonprofit private organisation that promotes sustainable development in Honduras, notably in relation to sustainable economic growth, social equity, environmental quality, and effective democratic institutions.
- 18 companies.
Shared Members with WBCSD
- (1) SABMiller (Cervecería Hondureña).
Building the Business Case
- Organises periodic business meetings with the Sustainable Development Committee, integrated by executives of BCSD Honduras member companies.
- Offers seminars on topics such as energy efficiency, waste management, environmental accounting and legal documents, solar energy, green industry, occupational health and safety measures, environmental and quality management, food safety and others.
- Organises sustainable development conferences for universities and colleges.
- Action2020-related Activities
National Action2020 Plan
- CEHDES is currently in the planning phase of developing a national Action2020 plan.
- Manages and implements the PESIC (Energy Efficiency Project for Industrial and Commercial Sectors of Honduras), which is also supervised and endorsed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Launched in 2005, its overall objective is to decrease or eliminate barriers for increasing energy efficient commercial equipment and practices, thus reducing GHG emissions due to activities that generate electricity and heat. As of 2013, the PESIC project has been selected by the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) of the Inter-American Development Bank, to execute the GREENPYME Initiative, which promotes the adoption of energy efficiency measures, the use of renewable energy and clean technologies in small and medium-sized enterprises in Latin America and the Caribbean. The purpose of the programme is to provide knowledge, tools, technical and financial support for SMEs so that they can implement energy efficiency measures, adopt clean technologies and, by lowering their energy costs, improve their competitiveness and sustainability, while improving the environmental impact.
- Participates in national trade fairs and conferences on renewable energy and environment, including Expo Energia in 2012 and Expo Ambiente in 2013.
Exposure to Harmful Substances
- Board member of the POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants) Project of SERNAM (Secretariat of Energy, Natural Resources, Environment and Mining), which monitors and evaluates three additional projects that support the implementation of a national chemical agenda.
Offers Internal Auditor Training Courses on:
- ISO 14001: Provides participants with the skills needed to perform an effective assessment of an environmental management system based on the standard.
- OHSAS 1800: Provides participants with the skills needed to perform an effective evaluation of an occupational health and safety management system based on the OHSAS 1800 standard.
- Government Engagement and External Collaboration
- Partner of the Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility in Honduras (FUNDAHRSE) and the National Cleaner Production Center in Honduras.
- Collaboration with Global Network Partners
- Collaborates with Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, Nicaragua, and Brazil in developing a CEO survey to collect business’ perspective on various sustainability-related topics. The 2014 survey and following publication is focused on Climate Change.
- Netherlands in the publication of the book entitled New Economy Business.
Global Network Collaboration