About WRI and WBCSD

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) was jointly convened in 1998 by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Resources Institute (WRI).

About WRI

The World Resources Institute focuses on the intersection of the environment and socio-economic development. We go beyond research to put ideas into action, working globally with governments, business, and civil society to build transformative solutions that protect the earth and improve people’s lives.

  • Solutions to Urgent Sustainability Challenges
    WRI’s transformative ideas protect the earth, promote development, and advance social equity because sustainability is essential to meeting human needs today, and fulfilling human aspirations tomorrow.
  • Practical Strategies for Change
    WRI spurs progress by providing practical strategies for change and effective tools to implement them. We measure our success in the form of new policies, products, and practices that shift the ways governments work, businesses operate, and people act.
  • Global Action
    We operate globally because today’s problems know no boundaries. We are avid communicators because people everywhere are inspired by ideas, empowered by knowledge, and moved to change by greater understanding. We provide innovative paths to a sustainable planet through work that is accurate, fair, and independent.


The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a coalition of 200 international companies united by a shared commitment to sustainable development via the three pillars of economic growth, ecological balance and social progress.

Our members are drawn from more than 35 countries and 20 major industrial sectors. We also benefit from a global network of 50 national and regional business councils and partner organizations involving some 1,000 business leaders globally.

The WBCSD’s activities reflect our belief that the pursuit of sustainable development is good for business and business is good for sustainable development.

Our mission
To provide business leadership as a catalyst for change toward sustainable development, and to promote the role of eco-efficiency, innovation and corporate social responsibility.

Our aims
Our objectives and strategic directions, based on this dedication, include:

  • Business leadership:
    To be the leading business advocate on issues connected with sustainable development.
  • Policy development:
    To participate in policy development in order to create a framework that allows business to contribute effectively to sustainable development.
  • Best practice:
    To demonstrate business progress in environmental and resource management and corporate social responsibility and to share leading-edge practices among our members.
  • Global outreach:
    To contribute to a sustainable future for developing nations and nations in transition.