Tools & Guides

The WBCSD has developed a number of tools, methodologies and principles that aim to support member companies’ sustainability journey.

We have developed the WBCSD Tool Box to briefly introduce each tool.

In this document, the tools are classified in categories that correspond to different stages of the journey towards sustainability: awareness raising and capacity building, understanding available tools, methodologies to help assess impacts and dependencies, and frameworks to help manage projects.


ESR-GuidelinesForIdentifyingBusinessRisksThe Corporate Ecosystem Services Review
Guidelines for identifying business risks and opportunities arising from ecosystem change
A methodology to better manage the risks and opportunities linked to a company’s dependence and impact on ecosystems and the services they deliver.

Energy & Climate Change

ESR-GuidelinesForIdentifyingBusinessRisksGHG Protocol
In 1998, the WBCSD launched the GHGProtocol Initiative with the World Resources Institute (WRI) to develop a set of practices that companies can use to account for, and report on, their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.


Eco-efficiency learning moduleEco-efficiency learning module
The eco-efficiency module is a compilation of learning materials and exercises, from which the user may pick-and-choose, to raise awareness and foster implementation at different levels within their organization.


 Measuring socio-economic impact – A WBCSD guide for businessMeasuring socio-economic impact – A WBCSD guide for business
The guide is intended to help companies navigate the complex landscape of socio-economic impact measurement.

The Inclusive Business ChallengeThe inclusive Business Challenge
Easy-to-use presentation and simulation tool to help companies and stakeholders identify and implement models that profitably engage low-income populations across companies’ value chains and develop affordable products and services that meet the needs of low-income populations.

 WBCSD Measuring Impact Framework - Understanding the business contribution to societyWBCSD Measuring Impact Framework – Understanding the business contribution to society
The Measuring Impact Framework, launched in late 2008, was developed in collaboration with over 20 WBCSD member companies, reviewed by 15 external experts and co-branded by the International Finance Corporation (IFC).


Sustainable Forest Finance Toolkit
Supports banks introduce effective screens and safeguards covering their investments in forestry and other projects that significantly impact on forests.


Global Water Tool

A free and easy-to-use tool for companies and organizations to map their water use and assess risks relative to their global operations and supply chains.

Ceres Aqua Gauge: A Framework for 21st Century Water Management
It introduces a new framework and tool for assessing corporate water risk management.

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