CEBDS is a non-profit civil association that promotes sustainable development in companies that operate in Brazil, by forging links with governments and civil society and promulgating the most up-to-date concepts and practices in the field.

CEBDS was founded in 1997 by a group of major Brazilian business leaders open to change and the opportunities provided by sustainability, especially in the aftermath of Rio 92.

It currently involves more than 70 of the largest business groups in the country, with a combined revenue of around 40% of GDP and a workforce of more than one million.

It is the Brazilian representative of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), which has almost 60 national and regional councils in 36 countries and 22 industrial sectors, in addition to 200 business groups that operate on all the continents of the globe.



CEBDS was the first institution in Brazil to talk about sustainability in terms of the concept of the Triple Bottom Line, which guides the operations of businesses along three lines: the economic, the social and the environmental and is a point of reference for pioneering sustainability practices both for businesses and for partners and governments. It is recognized as the main representative of the business sector in leading a revolutionary process of change: transforming the traditional economic model into a new paradigm.

CEBDS was responsible for Brazil’s first Sustainability Report, in 1997, and has helped to implement it in Brazil, in partnership with the WRI (World Resources Institute) and the FGV (Getúlio Vargas Foundation), using, since 2008, the main tool for measuring greenhouse gas emissions in the country, the GHG Protocol.



The institution has represented its associates at all United Nations Conferences of the Parties on Climate Change, since 1998, and on Biological Diversity, since 2000. It is also part of the Sustainable Development Policies Commission and Agenda 21; the Genetic Heritage Management Council; the Brazilian Climate Change Forum; the Rio Climate Change Forum and the Steering Committee of the National Sustainable Consumption Plan and the World Water Council.