The Biodiversity Check is one of the major activities in this campaign. The check provides a first overview on the companies’ relation to biodiversity regarding opportunities, impacts and risks. It is based on the philosophy and objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD):
The check does not substitute a biodiversity impact assessment, but it will provide arguments for decision making regarding the company’s strategy on biodiversity. It assesses, according to the procedure of environmental management systems EMAS III and ISO 14001, potential negative impacts on biodiversity of individual business units, manufacturing facilities, products or processes, and identifies potential risks and opportunities.
What is assessed?
The Check examines the company's direct impacts on biodiversity, for which the company is clearly responsible and which can be influenced by the company. The Check also takes into account indirect effects, which the company can influence through dialogue with its stakeholders.
Internal biodiversity check with statements on:
Participation is open to all companies that (are interested to) deal with environmental issues, sustainability and CSR. Prior concrete activities to protect biodiversity are not required. Rather, after the completion of the Biodiversity Check, companies can assess the relevance of biodiversity for the company and evaluate whether and how they are prepared for the topic.
The results of the Biodiversity Check are confidential. There is no obligation for the company to undertake further steps. However, participants can communicate that they have performed the Biodiversity Check as part of the European Business and Biodiversity Campaign.
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