Addressing the lack of access to clean, reliable and affordable energy services for billions of people is one of the world’s most critical development challenges and is becoming increasing prominent on the international agenda. The WBCSD Access to Energy Initiative helps business and other key stakeholders understand how the business contribution to access to energy can be maximized. The Initiative is co-chaired by GDF SUEZ, Schneider Electric and ERM, and has 21 member companies actively engaged in its core group. The Initiative focuses on the key opportunity areas to scaling the business contribution: innovative business models, enabling policy frameworks and financing mechanisms. Collaboration and partnerships are key cross-cutting enablers.