German Environment Ministry Awards WEC Europe and The Institute for Sustainability a Major Grant to Advance Corporate Sustainability Management in Latin America

Nov 9, 2017 11:00 AM ET
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November 9, 2017 /3BL Media/ - The German Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) has awarded the World Environment Center Europe (WEC Europe) and the Institute for Sustainability a grant to disseminate best practices in corporate sustainability management in Chile and Mexico.  Leading German company executives and international thought leaders will participate in peer-to-peer roundtables to discuss the sustainability’s value proposition, value chain innovation and integration of strategy and practices across the enterprise. 

The project’s goal is to collaborate with companies in Chile and Mexico, whose operations extend across Latin America, to provide practical business solutions to a number of sustainability challenges. With the Latin American market expected to grow while facing increasing risks from climate change, waste and water management, and social responsibility challenges, the importance of more sustainable business management becomes more imperative.

“These activities will provide another interactive channel for our members and stakeholders to learn from each other, develop opportunities for collaboration, and continue discerning some of the best solutions available in corporate sustainability practices,” said Frank Werner, Director of WEC Europe and Project Director.

WEC has partnered with two leading organizations, APLE in Chile and CESPEDES in Mexico, to provide their on-the-ground knowledge and support to achieve project objectives.  Four business roundtables in Chile and Mexico in March 2018 will serve as key discussion platforms to add to existing knowledge of sustainable business management. Interested parties should contact Mr. Frank Werner at

About World Environment Center Europe e.V.
WEC Europe e.V. is an independent, non-profit, non-advocacy organization that operates out of Munich/Germany under the roof of the global World Environment Center (WEC). Similar to WEC it advances sustainable development through the business practices and operations of its member companies and in partnership with governments, multi-lateral organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities and other stakeholders. WEC’s mission is to promote business and societal value by advancing solutions to sustainable development-related problems. It manages projects for companies across their global operations, builds executive level learning and competency in applying sustainable development across a number of business sectors, and recognizes performance excellence through an annual awards program. WEC is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in China, El Salvador and its German subsidiary WEC Europe e.V.

About Institute for Sustainability
The Institute for Sustainability is a Berlin-based think-tank which provides research and consulting in sustainability management and in sustainability reporting. It’s founder Mr. Thomas Loew has worked in more than 30 research projects, many of those during a ten-year term at the Institute for Ecological Research (IÖW) (Berlin), and later on in several projects with the German government and some of the leading global companies from Germany. He founded the Institute in 2005.

About APLE
APLE (Consultora Ambiental para la Industria) is consulting firm located in Santiago de Chile, that is 15 years in the market and dedicated to providing specialized advice in sustainability. Its mission is to develop and deliver integral solutions for sustainability that contribute to companies’ profitability. The firm’s excellence is based on the recognized trajectory of its professionals and experts in the environmental, productive and communication field as well as a large network of Chilean and international companies and representatives of the public sector.

CESPEDES (Comisión de Estudios del Sector Privado para el Desarrollo Sustentable) was founded in 1994.  It is a think-tank of the private sector with the purpose of promoting the principles of sustainable development in the business community, government and society in general. CESPEDES supports the Mexican Business Coordinating Council (CCE) by coordinating the policies and actions of business organizations, and identifying strategic positions with specific solutions that contribute to designing public policies to increase economic growth and the level of competitiveness of both companies and the country.