24 Feb 2012

Venue: International Environment House

Organization: Geneva Environment Network

Business Ecosystems Training (BET) is a capacity building program to increase the business knowledge and understanding of ecosystems. It aims to equip companies with the skills they need to better measure, manage and mitigate their ecosystems impacts and dependencies.

BET has been developed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) with the support of KPMG together with some of the world’s largest companies, NGOs, including the IUCN, UN and academic institutions. This combination of experience from the world’s leading business voice on ecosystems together with the scientific knowledge and expertise from NGO world and the academic and learning rigor from universities and training institutions make it a unique tool for learning about ecosystems and business.

BET has been designed to get employees from different functions and business units thinking and acting on ecosystems and the services they provide.  It is structured in four modules of four hours each, which gradually go into more and more detail on the topic, depending on the needs of the learner. The program draws on the wealth of WBCSD materials, methodologies and tools that have been developed over the past 10 years.

During the event, participants heard about:

  • Why ecosystems matter to business,
  • Why capacity building is now critical to scale up positive response by business,
  • How the BET program is structured, how it can be used and delivered by different organizations


  • Welcome, Sylvie Motard, Europe Deputy Director, UNEP
  • Why it matters, Peter Bakker, President, WBCSD
  • Introduction to Business Ecosystems Training, James Griffiths, Managing Director, WBCSD
  • How to build a training program – program overview and facilitation tips, Violaine Berger, WBCSD
  • The business case for training, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General, IUCN
  • Respondents panel – comments from Takeshi Takagi (Hitachi), Stephanie Hime (KPMG) and Eduardo Escobedo (UNCTAD)
  • Q&As
  • Closing – James Griffiths, Managing Director, WBCSD

See: www.wbcsd.org/work-program/ecosystems.aspx  for more information.