Biodiversity Management Handbook
introduced at SusCon 2010
Germany's Federal Environment Ministry presents a new handbook for companies at the international Sustainable Business and Consumption (SusCon). Parliamentary State Secretary Heinen-Esser stresses that companies need intact ecosystems.
15.6.2010, Nuremberg - A new biodiversity management handbook for companies was presented by
parliamentary state secretary at the Federal Environment Ministry,
Ursula Heinen-Esser, at an international business conference in
Nuremberg today. "Private sector companies play an important part in
conserving our natural
foundations of life. Companies influence ecosystems and their services,
but in turn often directly rely on them. Economy and ecology do not
oppose each other, they are mutually dependent," said Ms Heinen-Esser.
Since 2008 the Federal Environment Ministry has supported the
international initiative "Biodiversity in Good Company", in which model
companies pledge to take biodiversity aspects into consideration in
their management decisions and processes. The experience gained by these
now drawn together in a handbook which aims to inspire other companies
to take action for biodiversity.
Using many examples, the Corporate Biodiversity Handbook gives companies
a clear picture of the importance of biological diversity for business.
It also shows what companies can do to actively supportthe conservation
of biodiversity in practice.
The new Corporate Biodiversity Handbook was publicly presented by Ursula
Heinen-Esser for the first time at the international business
conference "SusCon" (Sustainable Business and Consumption). The
Conference is taking place on 15 and 16 June in the Nuremberg trade fair
importance of biodiversity for business is the main theme of this year's
An online-version of the "Corporate Biodiversity
Management Handbook" is avalable in German