‘Biodiversity in Good Company' Initiative publishes Management Handbook

For the first time, the latest Corporate Biodiversity Management Handbook offers enterprises a practical tool for comprehensively and directly implementing a biodiversity management system.

Business and biodiversity is systematically dealt with from a business perspective, while definite fields of action for corporate biodiversity management are outlined. With its clear and practical orientation, the handbook offers a direct introduction to the topic and enables intuitive implementation of the concrete recommendations into business practice. A set of checklists and numerous best-practice examples from the Initiative members provide an excellent guide through the methods and tools of biodiversity management.

Official Handbook Launch at SusCon
At the International Conference on Sustainable Business and Consumption (SusCon) June 15 – 16, the ‘Biodiversity in Good Company' Initiative presented its latest Corporate Biodiversity Management Handbook at a special press conference organised just for this event. A number of prominent guests were there for the official launch. Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) opened the press conference with a short speech and praised the Initiative's successful efforts. The official presentation of the manual followed, led by Ursula Heinen-Esser, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and Professor Dr. Stefan Schaltegger (Leuphana University Lüneburg), with whom the handbook was developed and who presented the finer technical details of the publication. The manual was well received by the international audience and its launch set the topic of corporate biodiversity management as one of the most-discussed topics at the conference.
Business Representatives and International Industry Experts Show Interest

At the first international conference Global Business of Biodiversity Symposium on 13th July, the ‘Biodiversity in Good Company' Initiative presented its handbook at the thematic session on management tools, thereby actively contributing to the international exchange on biodiversity management methods. The conference focussed explicitly on the corporate world and their interest in preserving biodiversity and was the ideal arena to present the handbook's biodiversity management analysis and solutions approach. Because of its direct approach and practical orientation, the delegates from the political, economic and NGO sectors as well as business representatives showed a strong interest in it – using it as a springboard to discuss the latest topics and methods in corporate biodiversity preservation.

Benedikt Schöneck, ‘Biodiversity in Good Company' Initiative

A PDF version of the Corporate Biodiversity Management Handbook can be found here.

For more information about the ‘Biodiversity in Good Company' Initiative, its member companies and our current activities, please visit: www.business-and-biodiversity.org

Edgar Endrukaitis
Business and Biodiversity Initiative ‘Biodiversity in Good Company'
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH
Tel.: +49-30-72614-497
Email: Edgar.Endrukaitis@gtz.de

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