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.
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
- 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.
- 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