BCSD El Salvador (CEDES)

  • About

    CEDES was created in 1995 to promote an understanding of sustainable development and growth as benefiting human and environmental well-being in business, government and civil society.


    • 31 companies.

    Shared Members with WBCSD

    • (3) Unilever, Holcim (Cemento de El Salvador), SAB Miller (Industrias La Constancia).

  • Activities

    Building the Business Case

    • CEDES published a booklet entitled Environmental Governance for Sustainable Development, which analyses and makes recommendations regarding the management of natural resources, the legal frameworks for such management, and private and public environmental management.

  • Action2020-related Activities

    National Action2020 Plan

    • CEDES is working to create a long-term sustainable development vision for El Salvador with an accompanying Action2020 plan.
    • A Vision 2050 to Action2020 launch is planned for September 2014.

    Climate Change

    • Corporate Environmental Footprint: CEDES seeks to facilitate a reduction in the corporate environmental footprint by helping companies identify and prioritise environmental risks and opportunities, establish internal indicators and targets, and improve resource efficiency in the supply chain. To this end, CEDES offers a series of seminars and in-company training sessions on issues such as waste management and wastewater, energy and carbon emissions, water management, and impacts on ecosystems and biodiversity.
    • A project funded by the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) whose aim is to involve a minimum of 10 companies and support them in measuring their environmental impact and designing mitigation plans.
    • Eco-Efficiency Committee: This committee, organised by CEDES, convenes representatives of CEDES member companies to learn about resource-efficient administrative and production processes.
    • Renewable resources: CEDES is working with RENOVA and INCAE to promote energy generation from renewable resources.


    • Water for the Future: In this project CEDES uses the Action2020 Water Priority Area as a platform to promote the approval of a water law in El Salvador, and to outline a broader pathway in the area of water management. CEDES also participates in the recently created Water Board, which provides a space for dialogue among a broad and diverse range of national and international institutions, trade unions, social organisations, private sector actors, academics and government representatives interested in promoting and influencing public policies, programmes and actions that contribute to the integrated management of water resources in El Salvador.
    • Publications: CEDES is launching three water-related tools in Spanish: Water Valuation: Building the Business Case, Water Valuation: Business Case Study Summaries and Business Guide to Water Valuation.

    Basic Needs and Rights

    • CEDES works to promote inclusive business strategies and poverty reduction through a partnership with the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV). Three projects are currently under development, focused on biodiesel fuels, recycling and social housing.

  • Collaboration with Global Network Partners

    • Collaborates with Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, 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.
    • Guatemala.

Global Network Collaboration


Action2020 Engagement