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Media release: BCSD Australia welcomes Arcadis

Global design and consultancy firm Arcadis joins the Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia

Arcadis, a leading consultancy which focuses on the design and development of natural and built assets, has added to its already impressive commitment to sustainability by joining the Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia (BCSD Australia), the organisation for business and organisations galvanising action and solutions for the transition to a sustainable Australia.

With sustainable development and environmental solutions at the core of its offering, Arcadis will make an important contribution to the outcomes of BCSD Australia’s fast-growing membership.

Arcadis is already a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), for which BCSD Australia is the Australian Global Network Partner. By joining BCSD Australia, Arcadis strengthens the value, impact and voice of the WBCSD Global Network by building opportunities for collaboration.

“We welcome Arcadis joining our partner BCSD Australia,” said Peter Bakker, President and CEO of WBCSD.

“I truly believe that a global network of leading companies driving change together will help transform the path to a world where more sustainable business is more successful and operates within planetary boundaries. We believe that it is crucial for sustainable businesses to act and lead on sustainability globally but also in the countries in which they operate. Arcadis is doing just that and WBCSD looks forward to working with them in Australia, and around the world,” said Mr Bakker.

“It is exciting to welcome an organisation to BCSD Australia which not only understands the concept of sustainable development, but at a global level is designing and implementing projects which demonstrate that sustainability does not need to come at the cost of design or performance,” said Andrew Petersen, CEO of BCSD Australia.

“Arcadis is at the cutting edge of sustainable urban development, creating projects that meet the targets of Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, and Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption. It is also providing valuable key support for spurring on business action to establish Australia as a circular economy,” said Mr Petersen.

Malcolm McDowall, CEO Arcadis Australia Pacific: “Creating sustainable and better places for people to live, move through and enjoy is at the core of what we do, so we are very proud to join BCSD Australia.

“Our passion is to improve quality of life, and we take that very seriously from globally committing to five of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to embedding practical sustainability measures in projects of all sizes,” Mr McDowall said.


About the Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia (BCSD Australia)

Previously known as Sustainable Business Australia, the Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia (BCSD Australia) is the national peak body representing forward-thinking companies and organisations that are working towards the transition to a sustainable Australia. Our mission is to accelerate this transition by making sustainable business more successful. We are the Australian partner of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the We Mean Business coalition and the Carbon Disclosure Project, and we are the Australian focal point for the Natural Capital Coalition. Our members come from all sectors and industries, representing more than 150,000 employees across Australia.

About the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

WBCSD is a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. We help make our member companies more successful and sustainable by focusing on the maximum positive impact for shareholders, the environment and societies.

Our member companies come from all business sectors and all major economies, representing a combined revenue of more than USD $8.5 trillion and 19 million employees. Our global network of almost 70 national business councils gives our members unparalleled reach across the globe. WBCSD is uniquely positioned to work with member companies along and across value chains to deliver impactful business solutions to the most challenging sustainability issues.

Together, we are the leading voice of business for sustainability: united by our vision of a world where more than 9 billion people are all living well and within the boundaries of our planet, by 2050

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