Manager, Forest Solutions Group

Published 29 June 2022
Location Amsterdam, New York, London, United Kingdom
Category Fixed-term  
Job Type Manager  


Deadline for applications: 18 July 2022

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (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 combined revenues of more than USD $8.5 trillion and 19 million employees. Our global network of almost 70 national business councils gives our members unparalleled reach across the globe. Since 1995, WBCSD has been 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: with a vision of a world where more than nine billion people are all living well and within the boundaries of our planet, by 2050.

WBCSD’s Forest Solutions Group (FSG) is the global platform where leading business in the forest products sector build and share solutions to sustainable development. FSG’s mission is to grow an inclusive circular bio economy that is rooted in thriving working forests. FSG members collectively manage a total of 20 million hectares of sustainable working forests globally, feeding into a broad range of forest products including pulp, paper, packaging, building materials, biomaterials and bioenergy.  

FSG members co-develop actionable business solutions to drive progress within their business, the sector and broader society to address the climate emergency, the loss of nature and growing inequality. The Forest Sector SDG Roadmap released in 2019 provides FSG’s framework for action, and its members track and report on their progress annually through key performance indicators.  

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Job overview

The WBCSD’s Forest Solutions Group (FSG) is seeking a highly motivated individual, eager to work with leading business in the forest sector to drive progress on their sustainability strategies, in collaboration with external stakeholders (e.g., INGOs, industry associations, etc.). The successful candidate will join the FSG secretariat, report to the FSG Director, and work in close collaboration with WBCSD’s nature, climate, inequity teams, and external service providers (e.g., consultants). The successful candidate will lead or contribute to the following three modules of work.

Nature Positive Roadmap (Nature agenda):  

Building on Phase I of the Nature Positive Roadmap, to be released at COP27 UN Climate Change Conference in November 2022, the successful candidate will manage the scoping and development of Phase II of the Roadmap aimed at delivering practical guidance for business in the forest sector to set targets, and measure and disclose progress on individual company’s contributions to the Global Goal for Nature. This Roadmap will be developed in collaboration with WBCSD’s Nature Action team, and in close alignment with emerging guidance from the Science Based Targets Network (SBTN) and the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD). 

 Net-zero Roadmap (Climate agenda):  

Building on Phase I of Net Zero Roadmap, released at the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in November 2021, the successful candidate will lead the scoping and development Phase II of the Net Zero Roadmap aimed at delivering practical guidance for business in the forest sector on implementing net-zero strategies. This Roadmap will build on global carbon accounting frameworks such as the GHG Protocol, Forest, Land and Agriculture (FLAG) STBi Guidance and SBTi Corporate Net Zero Guidance. The work will be developed in close collaboration with WBCSD’s climate team.   

 Equity Roadmap (Social Agenda) 

Building on previous work on social impact measurement, and the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the forest sector, the successful candidate will contribute to scoping and development of FSG’s future inequality workstream based on the agenda developed by the Business Commission to Tackle Inequality (BCTI). The work will be developed in close collaboration with WBCSD’s Inequity team.   

 In addition to these workstreams, the successful candidate will engage in other areas of work of the FSG such as the delivery of its communications strategy and positioning at global events. 

 The position is for a fixed-term contract of 12 months with opportunities for extension. It will be based in Amsterdam, New York or London with Geneva also considered. 

Responsibilities and duties

  • Manage the development of deliverables (e.g., reports, tools, etc.) from conception to publication. 
  • Coordinate and help deliver a series of consultations (e.g., videoconference or in-person) with FSG members and externl stakeholders throughout the development process. 
  • Manage the input from service providers (e.g., consultants) through clear guidance and feedback. 
  • Effectively collaborate with the WBCSD colleagues contributing to the deliverables. 
  • Contribute to the overall strategic direction and positioning of the FSG project internally and externally. 


  • Project management: Strong project management skills with experience of effective facilitation of different perspectives towards a common objective.  
  • English writing: Fluency in written and spoken English, with experience coordinating and co-authoring reports 
  • Communications: Engaging communicator both in person and in writing. Ability to adjust style of communication to suit audience (e.g., present technical topics to a non-technical audience) 
  • Teamwork: Previous experience working with and leading multidisciplinary project teams working across different time zones and cultures.  
  • Multi-tasking: ability to manage own projects independently, and ad hoc demands simultaneously - set priorities, effectively utilize available resources, identify and address problems, and meet deadlines.  

Candidates should be available to start by November 2022. 

WBCSD is a purpose driven, forward-thinking and action-oriented organization, characterised by diversity of gender, nationalities and work experiences.

The Work Environment:

WBCSD offers a competitive, modern, and flexible working arrangement:

  • Geneva-based organization with offices in London, New Delhi, Singapore and New York City
  • Competitive compensation and benefits
  • State-of-the-art facilities and ICT-enabled working tools
  • Flex-time and part-time possibilities
  • Dynamic working atmosphere
  • Open culture encouraging interaction and sharing of ideas and opinions
  • International relocation support
  • Sustainable commuting incentives

Please also note that WBCSD will only respond to candidates selected for the interview process.