• About

    The Colombian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CECODES) was created in 1993 to promote sustainable development in Colombia. It has 40 members (37 companies and 3 business associations), representing more than 5% of Colombia’s GDP and about US $5,600 million a year in exports, and accounting for more than 600,000 direct and indirect jobs.


    • 40 members.

    Shared Members with WBCSD

    • (7) ABB, Alcoa, BASF, Holcim, Natura, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Unilever.

  • Activities

    Building the Business Case

    • CECODES has compiled case studies illustrating inclusive business initiatives and the financial and social value companies reap through managing for a healthy natural and social environment.
    • CECODES has led Colombian business leaders on trips to India to meet with GN partners and WBCSD officers to exchange information on appropriate best practices.

  • Action2020-related Activities

    Basic Needs and Rights

    • CECODES actively promotes inclusive business practices and has worked closely with the WBCSD Social Capital team on measurement and valuation in this area.
    • CECODES has developed an inclusive business initiative in collaboration with SNV Netherlands and the WBCSD, with the overall objectives of increasing awareness of the effects of economic activities, public and private; building knowledge of inclusive business as a sustainable alternative to poverty reduction; and assisting businesses in identifying and developing opportunities for inclusion.

    Redefining Value

    • CECODES reports on its members’ emissions per product unit, and on their environmental investment, expressed in terms of expenditure on goods and services directly related to the production processes. Its members have developed their own sectorial indicators, as well as business-specific indicators for use by stakeholders.

  • Government Engagement and External Collaboration

    • CECODES is working with the Colombian Ministry of the Environment on projects that aim to spread environmental leadership programmes and help develop environmental policy.

  • Collaboration with Global Network Partners

    • Argentina
    • India – CII
    • Collaborates with Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, Honduras, 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.

Global Network Collaboration


Action2020 Engagement