Navigant joins World Business Council for Sustainable Development

03 January 2018 3 min. read
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Navigant has become a member of The World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a global CEO organisation. The firm will work with the companies in the domains of, among others, city and urban energy development, grid modernization, corporate sustainability, and the circular economy.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a CEO-led organisation, focused on dealing with some of the increasingly pressing problems resulting from the current economic models and practices used to feed the desires of society. The threats are broad, from widespread pollution and resource overexploitation to biodiversity destruction and ecosystem collapse. Climate change also remains a major concern among scientists, citizens, businesses and most governments.

The 200 strong WBCSD is one of the world’s largest bodies of CEOs looking to mitigate their, and wider industries’ impact on the environment. The body accounts for $8.5 trillion in revenues across global supply chains, and around 19 million employees.

Navigant, a management consultancy firm with 40 offices across it global footprint, recently announced that is has become a member of the WBCSD. The firm has been active in the sustainability space for some time, acquiring sustainability focused Ecofys in 2016. The firm is active in the sustainability transformation space, with more than 600 expert consultants working in the energy segment as advisors to, among others, 50 of the world’s largest electric and gas utilities and the 20 largest independent power generators. In 2016, this commitment to environmental solutions saw Navigant purchase sustainability consultancy Ecofys.

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By becoming a member, the consulting firm joins the professional services’ world’s Big Four – Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PwC – as well as other high profile consulting industry names such as TATA, Infosys and Salesforce, to play a broad role in the organisation. Also among the new intake of members for the WBCSD were international law firm Baker McKenzie and Bloomberg, who recently launched their own consulting outfit. Navigant specifically brings in expertise in the areas of city and urban energy development, grid modernisation, corporate sustainability, and the circular economy.

Commenting on the addition, Jan Vrins, Managing Director and leader of Navigant’s global Energy practice, stated, “We are proud to be a part of WBCSD and look forward to sharing our expertise and ideas as we work together to create sustainable development solutions. Our insights across industry, government, and society are well-informed by a broad, global perspective and an intimate understanding of the profound changes occurring across today’s energy value chain as well as those that affect all industries.”

WBCSD CEO and President Peter Bakker said, “Consultancy firms like Navigant are the perfect partner for promoting the business opportunities in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With expertise in healthcare, energy, financial services and other areas, Navigant can assist the entire SDG framework, through both their own business and the many global firms that they work with. I look forward to working with Navigant to deliver added value to WBCSD initiatives in these and other areas.”