• About


    • 71 companies.

    Shared Members with WBCSD

    • (34) ABB, Accenture, Alcoa, AngloAmerican, Shanghai Baosteel Group Corp., BASF, Bayer, BHP Billiton, BP, China Ocean Shipping Co., Coca-Cola, China Petrochemical Corp. (Sinopec), DNV GL, Dow Chemical Co., Koninklije DSM, DuPont, Eaton, EDF Group, ERM, Ernst & Young, Evonik, Henkel, Holcim, Italcementi Group, Lafarge, Michelin, Novozymes, Schneider Electric, Shell, State Grid Corp. of China, Phillips, Pirelli, Veolia, UPM-Kymmene.

  • Activities

    Building the Business Case

    • Hosts an annual workshop on trends in sustainable development; hosts the round table, “The Future of Energy.”
    • Facilitates business involvement in the China Alliance for Low Carbon Growth.
    • Conducts pilot projects and develops policy recommendations in the areas of energy and climate, water, sustainable lifestyles, measurement and reporting, and safe and sustainable materials use.
    • Hosts or facilitates events:
    • Hosts an annual workshop on trends in sustainable development.
    • Facilitates business involvement in the China Alliance for Low Carbon Action.
    • Hosts the round table, “The Future of Energy.”
    • Conducts pilot projects and develops policy recommendations in the areas of energy and climate, water, sustainable lifestyles, measurement and reporting, and safe and sustainable materials use.

  • Action2020-related Activities

    Climate Change

    Through the energy and climate projects, CBCSD integrates international best practices into the Chinese context and provides business solutions for energy conservation and emissions reduction in the construction of ecocities and low carbon growth initiatives. Specific activities include the following:

    • Developing by sector voluntary standards for CO2 emission calculation methods.
    • Participating in the Chemical Corporate Value Chain (Scope3) GHG Emission Accounting and Reduction demonstration.
    • Participating in the development of the Energy Efficiency in Buildings Project (EEB 2.0).
    • Addressing ecological civilization and urbanization as a high-priority item.
    • Urbanization in China is continuing to increase and is expected to reach about 65% in 2030. With a long-term focus on urban sustainable development, the CBCSD works with the national and international business community to provide green, low-carbon and sustainable business solutions to tackle potential problems resulting from high urbanization rates. It is also piloting a project in energy management and energy efficiency for city development.
    • Offering business solutions to a low-carbon pilot city.
    • Promoting enterprises’ participation in a carbon emissions trading pilot programme.
    • Facilitating business involvement in the China Alliance for Low Carbon Action.
    • Hosting a round table, “The Future of Energy.”


    • CBCSD is dedicated to promoting water sustainability in the Chinese business community through sharing best practices and local experiences. CBCSD has developed the China Water Tool (CWT), which provides local companies with water-related information and help in evaluating water-related risks.

    Exposure to Harmful Substances

    • The CBCSD has developed standards for hazardous chemicals transportation and has published the report, “Safety Management Guidelines for Hazardous Chemicals Transportation,” in China.

    Basic Needs and Rights

    • Work safety and HSE: The CBCSD publishes Guidelines for Safety Management and Examples of Applications, a series based on the best practices of member companies. The series introduces an application framework of advanced HSE management system and profiles case studies from local and international companies that are doing leading work in the field.

    Sustainable Lifestyles

    • CSR along the supply chain: This project showcases the innovative achievements of CBCSD board members and member companies in the field of sustainable supply chains. The project strives to improve practices across businesses of all sizes though sharing CSR best practices. It has already influenced operations in more than 200 SMEs in China. An example of a successful application is the Tire Industry Project, which realizes the logic of a circular economy through the repair and recycling of old tyres.

    Redefining Value

    • The CBCSD is the first organization in China to launch a sustainability reporting mechanism. The CBCSD works with the GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (G4) and is piloting the latest Integrated Reporting Framework.
    • The organization also encourages companies to write their own sustainability reports, and uses seminars and dialogues to communicate best practices in the field.
    • Promulgation of Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (G4) and Sector Supplementary Guidance to member companies.
    • Development by sector of a recommended standardised method for calculating CO2 emissions.
    • Development and localization of the Chemical Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) GHG Emission Accounting and Reporting Guideline for China.
    • Development and localization of the China Water Tool.
    • Development of the Green Building Investment Toolkit.

  • Government Engagement and External Collaboration

    • CBCSD works closely with various national ministries in projects on climate change, carbon MRV, green buildings, CSR, HSE etc.
    • CBCSD worked closely with local governments in areas of city sustainability solutions and circular economy showcases.
    • WBCSD President Mr. Peter Bakker is member of the high-level Chinese governmental think-tank CCICED.
    • CBCSD and WBCSD co-organized the “High-Level CEO Dialogue – Chinese Businesses Engagement in the UN Sustainable Development Goals” on 14 May 2014 in Beijing. Professor Jeffery D. Sachs, Senior Advisor of UNSG Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, Director of Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Professor of Economics at Columbia University introduced the purpose and development of SDSN. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Wang Jiming, President of CBCSD and Executive Committee Member of WBCSD and Mr. Peter Bakker, President and CEO of WBCSD. About 30 senior leaders from CBCSD members attended the dialogue, including Mr. Chen Liming, President of BP China, Mr. Johnny Kwan, Global SVP of BASF, and Mr. Ian Riley, President of Holcim China, and explored how Chinese business communities engage in the UN SDGs . Mr. Jeffery D. Sachs invited CBCSD members to join the global network of UN SDSN.
    • On 3 September, the 2014 China Top 500 Enterprises Summit Forum was held in Chongqing. Mr. Wang Jiming, Vice-president of CEC, released the 2014 China Top 500 Enterprises List. Mr. Peter Bakker, President and CEO of WBCSD, delivered a report on the “Key Trends and International Moments in Sustainable Development”. The entrepreneur representatives across the country discussed on the “Reform and Development for Large Enterprises under the Global Economic Transition”. More than ten board member and member companies of CBCSD such as Sinopec, State Grid, Baosteel, Wuhan Steel, COSCO and ChemChina are listed on the China TOP 500 Enterprises.
    • On 2 September 2014, the day before the China Top 500 Corporate Summit Forum in Chongqing, CBCSD and WBCSD co-hosted the “Sustainable Development CEO Roundtable: Action 2020 and Business Solutions”. Mr. Wang Jiming, President of CBCSD, called on enterprises to carry out cross-border cooperation, broaden sustainable development strategies and win-win business models. Mr. Peter Bakker, President of WBCSD and Mr. Zhang Jianyu, Director of Environmental Defense Fund in Chinese region respectively introduced the sustainable development Action 2020 and China Low Carbon Alliance from the international and domestic perspectives. Mr. Xu Lejiang, Chairman of Baosteel Group, attended the meeting, and Mr. Zhou Tao, President of Eaton, Mr. Wu Jian, Vice-president of DuPont, Mr. You Xiaoping, Board Chairman of Huafeng, Ms. Lynn Tian, Chairman of Sinowind, Mr. Xia Jun, CEO of DeTao Group as well as Mr. Huang Xiaojun, Vice-president of Veolia China respectively shared their sustainable business solutions and practical experiences. Mr. Wang Xiangqin, Chief Economist of State Grid, Ms. Quan Qiuhong, Chairman of BGT as well as CLP Group, WTOIP, Twins Group and other enterprises put forward the current practical problems on sustainable development and the corresponding solution proposals.

  • Collaboration with Global Network Partners

    Korea, United States, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore.

    • Korea BCSD: cooperation on environmental management, green growth and CSR.
    • Japan BCSD (Nippon Keidanren, Japan Business Federation): cooperation on CSR exchange.
    • US BCSD: cooperation on business environmental collaboration and by-product synergies, including cooperation under the Sino-US. Eco-partnership framework.
    • BCSD Taiwan: cooperation on sustainable exchange and best practice sharing.
    • BEC Hong Kong: cooperation on green development.
    • BCSD Singapore: currently exploring cooperation opportunities.

Global Network Collaboration


Action2020 Engagement