The Business Ecosystems Training (BET) course is a capacity building programme designed to raise awareness and understanding of the impacts and dependencies that businesses have on ecosystems services – and, therefore the business case for ecosystem services valuation and management.
Developed by the WBCSD in collaboration with some of the world’s largest businesses, NGOs, UN related organizations, and academic institutions, the programme integrates a wealth of WBCSD materials, methodologies and tools related to ecosystems developed over the past decade.
The course is structured as four modules, and may be customized (e.g. to the regional or national context, sector, specific target groups etc.) depending on the needs of the audience.
Module 1: Understanding the links between ecosystems and business
Module 2: Assessing business impacts and dependencies on ecosystems
Module 3: An introduction to valuing ecosystem services
Module 4: Managing and mitigating business impacts on ecosystems
PwC has played a key role in several aspects of the development of BET:
Please contact Rosalind Yunibandhu (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out more about how PwC can assist you with BET training delivery, BET training materials customization, BET train-the-trainer courses – and much more.
The WBCSD Future Leaders Team (FLT) program is designed to enable future business leaders to become effective ambassadors for sustainable development through experiential learning, knowledge creation and building networks and skills. The 2012 FLT program focused on opportunities and challenges associated with business, biodiversity and ecosystems, including the WBCSD Business Ecosystems Training (BET).
PwC selected Rosalind Yunibandhu, Manager, Sustainability & Climate Change, Thailand, to represent PwC in the 2012 FLT. Read more about her experience participating in this unique sustainability leadership programme
Rosalind Yunibandhu, Manager, Sustainability & Climate Change, PwC, based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Rosalind has led and supported a number of sustainability strategy development and reporting engagements for leading companies across various sectors, in both Thailand and Malaysia. Her areas of interest include sustainability issues relating to agribusiness, fisheries, telecommunications and banking, as well as GRI reporting.
Aside from all things related to sustainability, she also loves travelling and learning about different cultures, learning languages, cooking, tennis, and reading Eastern philosophy. Rosalind holds a B.A. (Hons) Economics from the University of Cambridge, U.K., and an M.Sc. from the University of Oxford, U.K.
Here she shares some of her thoughts on sustainability:
“To me, sustainability is about recognizing that all things, living and non-living, are intimately intertwined and interdependent - and that, as such, for us to co-exist over the longer term, we must address the issues we face from a holistic and integrated perspective. Certainly, this is no easy feat – balancing critical trade-offs never is – but, that said, it is the prospect of helping clients find innovative, win-win solutions to this very challenge that continually excites and inspires me in my work in sustainability.”
Why she joined the Future Leaders Team (FLT) program:
“Being able to continuously grow and add value to the people around me is something that I constantly seek to do every day – whether at work or beyond. To me, the WBCSD Future Leaders Team program represented a rare and exciting opportunity to be able to take this aspiration to an entirely new level. I was deeply honoured that PwC chose me to represent them this year.
Professionally, the program has contributed considerably to my current role in PwC Thailand’s Sustainability & Climate Change team. As the manager of a small, but rapidly growing, team, in one of our company’s newest businesses, I am always faced with the challenge of being on top of - if not at the leading edge of – the latest developments in the field of sustainability. The FLT program not only exposed us to fellow professionals in the field, from across the globe – but also provided us with the opportunity to listen to, and discuss and debate with, some of the world’s greatest minds in sustainable development.
For me, highlights included: in Montreux, hearing from Holly Dublin, Director and Special Advisor, Sustainability, at PPR, on Puma’s leading edge work with PwC in valuing its environmental impacts; in Washington D.C., discussing how to best position and communicate sustainability with GMMB, the integrated advertising agency known for its work on Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign; and in Jeju, Korea, having my question on green growth discussed by world leaders at the IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC).
The WBCSD Business Ecosystems Training (BET) we received also cemented our understanding of the impacts and dependencies that companies have on ecosystems services – as well as how we can systematically identify, value and manage them. Furthermore, my group’s project, which involved developing a framework for BET customization to regions and sectors, and creating materials customized to Asia and the mining sector, was well-received by business, NGO and government stakeholders at the WCC - and made us feel like we truly contributed to the advancement of the global sustainability agenda in a concrete and useful way.
Aside from contributing to my professional development, being a WBCSD FLT has been a great personal milestone for me. I relish the fact that I have had this unique opportunity to spend time with truly excellent people – from whom I have learnt so much, both professionally and personally. Moreover, through this journey together, the twenty-five of us have forged deep and meaningful friendships that will certainly last long beyond the FLT; to me, this is priceless. (Testament to this is the fact that many of us have already made plans to visit each other in our respective countries this very week!)”
What is her perspective regarding the Future Leaders Team program?
“The FLT has more than fulfilled all the objectives my company and I set out prior to embarking on the program. These were:
I only realized how much I gained from the FLT program upon my return to Bangkok, following our last phase in Jeju. Sharing the culmination of all our learnings with global stakeholders at such a landmark, international event such as the IUCN World Conservation Congress drove home the fact that, as FLT, we really can make a concrete difference to how things pan out in this world. I’ve returned home with a renewed confidence and deeper belief in the work that I do - and am excited to share my new knowledge and skills with both my colleagues and our clients.“
Some of her key learnings and comments:
“My key learning from the whole program this year was that there is a lot of fantastic work being done out there on business and ecosystems, with some truly innovative solutions coming out of private-public-NGO partnerships; Rio Tinto’s Net Positive Impact initiative, for example, stands out in my mind. Certainly, this gives me great hope for our common future. By the same token, however, a key theme emerging from several dialogues is that there is a strong need to “scale up” these solutions. In my personal view, this scaling up will not simply be a matter of understanding and replicating global initiatives – but will also require deep sensitivity to local contexts, together with a new generation of intercultural sustainability leaders, able to collaborate, inspire, engage and drive projects and programs through to their successful conclusion.
And, finally – in this connection – I would like to fully recommend the WBCSD FLT as an excellent sustainability leadership program. My deepest thanks goes to Suzanne Feinmann and Violaine Berger for putting up with all of us, and working so hard to make it the great success that it was. Best of luck to the next generation of FLT – and have fun! :)”