Sustainability

Our partnership with WBCSD

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a global, CEO-led community of over 200 businesses working collectively to accelerate the system transformations needed for a net zero, nature positive, and more equitable future.

As a knowledge partner to WBCSD, McKinsey Sustainability brings deep subject-matter expertise, advanced analytical insights and tools, and advisory support to the partnership. Our collaboration with WBCSD helps businesses and other organizations across sectors prepare for the transition towards a more sustainable and inclusive future.

Featured Insights & Tools

Driving transparency of Scope 3 emissions

Businesses are increasingly pledging to reduce Scope 3 emissions generated in their upstream and downstream value chain, but transparency remains challenging. WBCSD’s Partnership for Carbon Transparency (PACT) is convening a broad, cross-industry coalition to develop guidance and technology platforms to help companies access and share Scope 3 emissions data along the value chain. McKinsey is the knowledge partner for this effort.

Assessing strategic resilience through the climate transition

WBCSD’s Climate Scenario Catalogue, with analysis from Vivid Economics by McKinsey, enables businesses to conduct strategic resilience assessments, explore transition pathways, and manage dependency and uncertainty across a range of possible temperature and energy system outcomes. The Catalogue records details from publicly available climate scenarios and provides analysis for additional variables across sectors, technologies, and regions.

Pathways to decarbonize the transport and logistics sector

A consortium led by WBCSD and Smart Freight Centre (SFC) is developing guidance to help companies reliably quantify and manage end-to-end greenhouse gas emissions, at a granular level, from their transport and logistics activities. This effort builds on the Global Logistics Emissions Council Framework developed by SFC and other organizations. McKinsey is providing analytical insights and advisory support for this work.

Reaching net zero—what will it take?

In this episode of the McKinsey Talks Operations podcast, host Daphne Luchtenberg speaks with John Revess, senior director of Net Zero Transformation at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and with McKinsey’s Ruth Heuss and Peter Spiller on building sustainable operations on the path to net zero. The following is an edited version of their conversation.

Featured Experts

Peter Spiller

Partner, Frankfurt
Advises companies and business leaders across industries on the development and implementation of environmentally-sustainable operations and ESG strategy, including carbon accounting and tracking, supplier sustainability transformations, and supply chain decarbonization

Celine Cherel-Bonnemaison

Associate Partner, Paris
Combines product development and procurement excellence with a focus on environmental sustainability to optimize large companies’ profitability and environmental outcomes

Eric Hannon

Partner, Frankfurt
Serves global automotive and mobility companies as a core leader of our Automotive & Assembly Practice and leads our global urban-mobility team

Net-Zero Transition

Insights on the net-zero transition

Reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 – and thus limiting the rise in global temperatures to 1.5°C above pre-industrial... levels – would involve profound economic and societal shifts. McKinsey analysis offers a window into what it would take across sectors and regions.

Innovate to net zero

Building a net-zero world requires innovation in technology and business models, which will create growth opportunities for companies... that take action