BCSD Portugal

  • About

    BCSD Portugal is Portugal’s leading business-based organization for sustainable development. It was founded in October 2001, sponsored by Cimpor, Sonae and grupo Portucel Soporcel (the three Portuguese members of the WBCSD at the time). BCSD Portugal aims to galvanize the Portuguese business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment. BCSD Portugal continuously works in the adaptation and implementation of WBCSD’s vision and mission, as well as activities, tools and publications.

    In addition, BCSD Portugal develops its own agenda, focused on specific Portuguese context-related sustainability opportunities and challenges. Business members team up according to shared interests in order to undertake solutions, tools and case studies for the benefit of all. BCSD Portugal has an ongoing relationship with major players and interest groups that are frequently invited to take part in the business solutions implemented by the Council and its members.


    • BCSD Portugal represents 100 members, including 19 of the 20 companies listed in PSI20 stock index, 38% of the Gross Domestic Product, more than 65 billion Euros in revenue and more than 270 thousand employees.

    Shared Members with WBCSD

    • (16) ABB, Accenture, Brisa, Deloitte, DuPont, EDP, ERM, Ernst & Young, KPMG, Nestlé Group, Grupo Portucel Soporcel, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Siemens, Solvay, Sonae, Veolia.

  • Activities

    Building the Business Case

    • Activities range across issues and sectors, and often involve multiple stakeholders.
    • Acts as a matchmaker and facilitator for collaboration between businesses and other stakeholders interested in building shared solutions for common sustainability challenges.
    • Acts as a matchmaker and facilitator for collaboration between and among corporations and government.
    • Within its Business Sustainability Observatory, BCSD Portugal has developed the Business Sustainable Index: an assessment tool that measures companies’ contribution to sustainable development.
    • Publishes case studies on sustainable business practices.
    • Brings together emerging leaders from member companies in the Future Leaders, an annual project inspired by the WBCSD’s Future Leaders Team.
    • Recently released the “Guide to Sustainable Events” which is very useful for any type of event, including sports events, musician, culture, meetings, summits, festivals or exhibitions.
    • Invites opinion leaders and experts on current sustainability topics to speak on numerous events throughout the year, for the benefit of member companies. Past invitees include Peter Bakker, Jo Confino, Karl-Henrik Robèrt, Bjorn Stigson and Daniel Esty.
    • Prepares translations and publications on WBCSD material.


    • Hosting an annual conference for CEOs, leaders, executives, NGOs and followers with government representatives and international speakers.
    • Annual CEO meeting to discuss best practices and challenges to creating sustainable business.
    • Two Liaison Delegate meetings per year to debate sustainable trends on business.
    • Other conferences and workshops on the role of business in sustainable development.

  • Action2020-related Activities

    National Action2020 Plan

    • AÇÃO 2020, a Portuguese version of the WBCSD Action2020, was developed in 2014.
    • From a broad consultation with Portuguese CEOs during 2013, BCSD Portugal established six Priority Areas and 13 “actions” to address those priorities.
    • The six priority areas are Social Development, Economy, Natural Capital, Energy, Cities and Infrastructures and Industry and Materials.
    • The 13 actions to address those priorities are:
    1. To identify business skill needs until 2020 and bring Portuguese education in line with needed skills.
    2. To identify the skills profiles of unemployed middle-aged people from 40 to 45 years old.
    3. To provide mentoring and support to SMEs that integrate the value chain of BCSD Portugal’s members in focus areas such as management, export, innovation and sustainability.
    4. To develop an information platform about Portuguese economic competitiveness with respect to shared services.
    5. To guide the creation of projects that add value to natural capital as a whole, bringing together forests, seas, tourism and agriculture.
    6. To improve R&D in natural capital economic activities.
    7. To showcase the added value of energy efficiency, mainly in industry.
    8. To map energy consumption measurement solutions and tools.
    9. To work with cities and infrastructure to adopt sustainable KPIs.
    10. To map mobility needs in urban centres.
    11. To maximise companies’ synergies on waste and by-products.
    12. To publish a green procurement manual.
    13. To identify opportunities for import substitution in major exports.
    • For more information, access the AÇÃO 2020 video here.


    • Offers members water evaluations using the WBCSD Water Tool.


    • Organises workshops on the role of biodiversity for business.

    Food, Feed, Fibre and Biofuel

    • Works to develop sustainability indicators for the agrifood sector.

    Redefining Value

    • Helps member with social impact measurement using the WBCSD tool.
    • Helps members measure their ecological footprint.
    • Offers training and workshops on reporting principles.
    • Works with the annual Sustainability Observation Project, which rates member companies on their sustainability performance.

  • Government Engagement and External Collaboration

    • BCSD Portugal works closely with several ministries including the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Environment and Energy, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Employment. Together with its members, BCSD Portugal comments on new laws, public strategies and action plans, the latest example being the Portuguese Green Taxation reform.
    • BCSD Portugal has a partnership with Instituto Superior Técnico, a top level engineering University in Portugal which also is the scientific partner of the Business Sustainability Index. Instituto Superior Técnico has been cooperating with BCSD Portugal in developing the Sustainable Business Index.

  • Global Network Collaboration

    • BCSD Portugal has been sharing some Portuguese translations of WBCSD publication with the GN Partner in Brazil, CEBDS.

Global Network Collaboration


Action2020 Engagement