• About

    Created in 1994 by Mexican business men to address the challenges on sustainable development resulting from Mexico´s incorporation to global markets, CESPEDES is the Private Sector’s Commission for Studies on Sustainable Development of the National Business Council and represents the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in Mexico.

    CESPEDES’ main purpose is to promote the principles of sustainable development in the private sector, and represent business’ voice on these matters in government and society. It is composed by 27 companies representing the most important sectors of the economy, and by 12 associated organizations of the National Business Council.


    • 27 companies.

    Shared Members with WBCSD

    • (4) Holcim, Kimberly-Clark, PricewaterhouseCoopers, CEMEX.

  • Action2020-related Activities

    CESPEDES is organized into strategic action lines within the three pillars of sustainable development: economic growth, conservation of natural resources and human development. Programs, working groups, and policy proposals are therefore developed accordingly.

    Climate Change

    • Promoting the transition towards a low carbon economy and contributing to knowledge on the efficient and sustainable use of natural resources.
    • Prepared the document “Proposal for the National Climate Change Strategy,” which outlines the level of development in Mexico compared to other countries in terms of energy consumption per capita.
    • GHG Protocol in Mexico: The Programa GEI Mexico is a voluntary national program for monitoring and reporting Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG). It started in 2004 as a public-private initiative coordinated by CESPEDES, the Ministry of Environment (SEMARNAT), the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the WBCSD. It involves three key pieces: Development of GHG inventories; Verification of GHG inventories and mitigation strategy; and Verification of emission reductions and carbon performance indicators.
    • NAMA Program: NAMAs are voluntary actions carried out by developing countries to reduce GHG emissions. CESPEDES has established, along with other partners, the Mexico NAMA Facility as a mechanism to promote and facilitate the technical and financial development of NAMAs in Mexico. It is currently developing a portfolio of NAMAs to reduce GHG emissions from the Mexican Private Sector.
    • Within its Working Group on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, CESPEDES: 1) Facilitates the implementation of energy efficiency projects in various sectors in Mexico; 2) Develops a publication providing technical information on renewable energy use and identifying best practices in this arena; 3) Develops a national plan to increase the amount of renewable energy channeled into the Mexican electricity system; 4) Reviews and analyses public policies on energy use; 5) Offers workshops on various topics related to renewable energy; 6) Develops a tool to help finance the development of energy-efficient projects in Mexico; 7) Structures a public fund to invest in energy-efficient projects.
    • Within its Working Group on Sustainable Cities, CESPEDES works with WBCSD’s Urban Infrastructure Initiative (UII). A first UII project was implemented in Guadalajara, where companies and municipal authorities came together to identify practical and economically feasible solutions to improve sustainability in relation to the city’s infrastructural elements such as water management, integrated waste management, power generation, buildings and mobility. A similar project is under development in the city of Mérida.


    Within its Working Group on Sustainable Water Use, CESPEDES:

    • Promotes sustainable water use in the agricultural sector.
    • Revives wastewater treatment plants that are out of operation or are operating at low efficiency levels.
    • Builds new wastewater treatment plants.
    • Expands the national coverage of sewerage and drinking water.
    • Encourages the wastewater treatment in industry and promote water reuse in appropriate productive activities.
    • Promotes land use planning that takes water availability into account.
    • Promotes the upgrading of the National Water Act and its regulations.
    • Outlines financial schemes to support the development of the water sector.
    • Assesses the feasibility and relevance of subsidies in the water sector.

    Sustainable Lifestyles

    Within its Working Group on Sustainable Supply Chains, CESPEDES:

    • Identifies opportunities for leading companies to promote sustainability in the value chain to positively affect the environment.
    • Develops a method for SMEs to generate cost savings in their production and supply chain processes by reducing the consumption of raw materials, water and energy while simultaneously limiting CO2 emissions and waste.
    • Provides training for SMEs in this methodology to identify opportunities for improvement in production and supply chain processes.
    • Works with an initiative on sustainable packaging and certification.
    • Introduced a sustainable packaging tool that identifies packaging efficiency in relation to metrics such as GHG emissions, the percentage of sustainable materials used, transport distance average, the proportion of product size to the size of the packaging, the use of recycled materials and the proportion of renewable energy used in the manufacturing processes. The tool helps companies estimate the cost of inefficient resource use and develop packaging designs that take environmental sustainability into consideration.
    • Develops a methodology for a Sustainability Index to assess the sustainability of products throughout the supply chain, with a focus on life cycle analysis. Such an index will allow identifying high-scoring businesses and best practices.
    • Promotes awareness campaigns and communication, notably in relation to recycling. For example, CESPEDES and its member companies have been working together to install recycling bins and create material collection centres.

    Food, Feed, Fibre and Biofuel

    Within its Working Group on Sustainable Food and Agriculture, CESPEDES:

    • Promotes the integration of food security and sustainable agriculture into national policies, especially policies that strengthen the competitiveness of the agricultural sector and food self-sufficiency in Mexico.
    • Analyses potential investment opportunities in integrated agricultural technologies to enhance national food self-sufficiency.
    • Develops a framework for public-private partnerships with the government to coordinate efforts and establish joint goals of sustainable food security.
    • Develops a communication strategy that provides information on sustainable food security and disseminate knowledge based on research in agricultural development.

  • Collaboration with Global Network Partners

    • Collaborates with Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, 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