CEBDS’s mission is to drive the practical transformation of industries, markets, companies and professionals, combining business and civil society in the pursuit of a sustainable country. CEBDS operates through thematic groups and projects focusing on practical transformation, advocacy and networking, cutting edge concepts, and education and the formation of expertise. CEBDS is a civil non-profit association that promotes sustainable development in companies operating within Brazil, by communicating with governments and civil society and spreading the newest concepts and best practices in sustainable development. It was founded in 1997 by a group of Brazilian businessmen aware of the changes and opportunities that sustainability presented based on the Rio 1992 Earth Summit.