Port of Rotterdam Joins WBCSD

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Port of Rotterdam Joins WBCSD

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 9:15am

GENEVA, August 15, 2017 /3BL Media/ – The Port of Rotterdam Authority today joins almost 200 forward-thinking companies as the newest member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

Port of Rotterdam is Europe’s largest port, one of the world’s busiest and the first to join WBCSD. Last year, the port processed over 460 million tonnes of products from almost 130,000 ships. Besides being a logistics hub, Rotterdam also houses Europe’s largest petrochemical cluster. Port of Rotterdam has the ambition to be frontrunner in the energy transition by lowering the carbon footprint of the industry while developing renewable energy, biobased production and circular initiatives. The port now aims to further develop its sustainability agenda by partnering with WBCSD and its 200-member companies.

Port of Rotterdam President and CEO Allard Castelein stated: “We are delighted to join WBCSD and look forward to working closely with WBCSD and its member companies. It is my conviction that change will come from coalitions of the willing, companies that have the ambition to work together in counteracting climate change, delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and making sound business at the same time.”

WBCSD President and CEO Peter Bakker said “I am excited to have Port of Rotterdam join almost 200 other leading global companies at WBCSD. Ports play a central role in the world’s ability to deal with the many challenges facing global supply chains. By working with WBCSD and our member companies, Port of Rotterdam can bring its perspectives and solutions and continue to lead the way globally in supporting the transport, logistics and petrochemical sectors.”

For more information, please contact:
Felicity Glennie-Holmes
WBCSD Communications
+41 22 839 3110

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 $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. http://www.wbcsd.org

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About Port of Rotterdam Authority
The objective of the Port of Rotterdam Authority is to enhance the port’s competitive position

as a logistics hub and world-class industrial complex. Not only in terms of size, but also with regard to quality. The core tasks of the Port Authority are to develop, manage and exploit the port in a sustainable way and to render speedy and safe services for shipping.

Facts and figures for the Port Authority and the Port of Rotterdam:

Port Authority: 1,100 employees, turnover approx. € 675 million. www.portofrotterdam.com
Port area: 12,500 ha port area (land & water, of which ca. 6,000 ha industrial sites). The length of the port area is over 40 km.
Employment: 175,000 jobs.
Goods throughput: approx. 460 million tonnes of goods per annum.
Shipping: approx. 30,000 ocean-going vessels and 110,000 inland vessels per annum.
Added value: (direct and indirect): over €20 billion, 3% of GDP.

Keywords: Sustainable Development Goals | Climate Action | Partnership for the Goals | Port of Rotterdam | Supply Chain & the Circular Economy | Sustainable Cities and Communities | The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)