Mainstreaming the Topic of Biodiversity in Corporate Sustainability Management – Experience and Recommendations from the ‘Biodiversity in Good Company’ Initiative
On the occasion of the Thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD-COP 13), to be held in Cancún, Mexico, in December, 'Biodiversity in Good Company' advocates better integration of biological diversity in corporate sustainability management.
Our natural capital is under pressure: the loss of biodiversity is
continuing at alarming speed – with regionally very strongly
differentiated consequences. This is associated with high risks because
human wellbeing is existentially reliant on intact ecosystems.
Biological diversity is both part of our "natural capital” as well as
the prerequisite for numerous ecosystem services.
The current strategies for the preservation and sustainable use of
biodiversity on a national and international level are aimed at the year
2020. Within the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity
(CBD), the international community agreed on a strategic plan and 20
objectives in 2010: the Aichi Targets. A number of important half-life
evaluations took place worldwide in 2015. The interim balances conclude
that the targets set so far will be missed by a long way if much more
ambitious steps are not implemented.
One of the reasons: Unlike other political, societal and business
interests, biodiversity goals still frequently have little clout in
evaluation and decision making processes. This concerns basic questions
of policy development and control in a number of policy areas: such as
agriculture and forestry, future housing and transport development,
energy and climate policy, resource and raw materials strategies, marine
policy, and the financing of global nature conservation and
biodiversity protection. "Mainstreaming biodiversity” – taking into
consideration the values of biodiversity and functioning ecosystems in
all critical sectors and policies – is therefore the topic of the 13th
Conference of the Parties to the CBD in December 2016 in Cancún,
Businesses are indispensable players in all sectors, and must help find
solutions within their scopes of action. Mainstreaming is therefore also
important in companies and industry decision-making processes. What
prerequisites and agendas need to be set for this mobilisation to
succeed? As the ‘Biodiversity in Good Company’ Initiative, we are using
CBD-COP 13 as a trigger to compile our experience and recommendations.
We focus our attention on decision makers in companies, politics and
society who play a part in reaching the ambitious Aichi targets in joint
efforts. In particular, we call on companies to integrate biodiversity
within their business activities and actions, and to provide an insight
into success factors, as well as challenges in their effective
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