• About

    CEMDES was created in 2002. It is an organization of entrepreneurs and businesspersons working to promote the concept of sustainable development from a business perspective and to facilitate the implementation of innovative solutions to environmental and social responsibility issues in Ecuador.


    • 34 companies.

    Shared Members with WBCSD

    • (3) Holcim, Repsol, Syngenta.

  • Activities

    Building the Business Case

    • Evaluates and analyses the environmental risks of companies, and measures these against the Ecuadorian environmental legislation.
    • In the process of developing a local Ecuadoran version of the global Vision 2050 to set a national roadmap for sustainability. Important linkages have also been identified with the Ecuadoran government’s National Plan for Good Living, which increases opportunities for further collaboration with the public sector.
    • Provides support to companies to incorporate sustainability practices into their business strategy and throughout the value chains.
    • Eco-Efficiency Award: Developed to encourage business adopting resource efficiency criteria, as well as social and environmental management responsibilities.
    • Eco-Efficiency Workshop: Organises workshops on business eco-efficiency.
    • Publishes VERDE magazine, a unique source of information on business and sustainable development.

  • Action2020-related Activities

    Climate Change

    • Carbon Footprint Tool: Offers a tool based on the WBCSD’s GHG Protocol to calculate corporate carbon footprints and effectively manage GHG emission reductions.


    • Water Footprint Tool: Offers a tool that calculates water footprints in terms of the total volume of freshwater used to create the goods and services produced by a company or consumed by a community or an individual.

    Skills and Employment

    • Identifies opportunities for and ways to implement inclusive business practices for member companies.

    Redefining Value

    • Ranking of Sustainable Companies: Offers a ranking tool that helps businesses evaluate the environmental and social impact of their activities and guides them towards improving their sustainability practice. The ranking tool sets criteria for what a sustainable company entails, which gives consumers an opportunity to receive information they can trust about the sustainability impact of the products they purchase.
    • Stock market indicators: Development of sustainability indicators for companies listed on the national stock exchanges.
    • WBCSD Measuring Socio-Economic Impact Tool: Educates companies about the WBCSD Measuring Socio-economic Impact Tool to help determine the business contribution to socioeconomic development.
    • Offers an online self-assessment tool in CSR that has been developed to be compatible with ISO 26000 standards and GRI and UN Global Compact principles.
    • Ecosystem Valuation: An initiative designed to highlight the key value of natural resources and sustainability.

  • Government Engagement and External Collaboration

    • Collaborates with government agencies, civil society and academic experts in the development of Vision 2050 for Ecuador.
    • UN Global Compact: CERES assumed the secretariat role of the Global Compact in Ecuador in 2011 and is focused on promoting the 10 Global Compact principles in the local context.

  • Collaboration with Global Network Partners

    • Collaborates with Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, 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