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 conservation of biological diversity
- the sustainable use of its components
- the fair and equitable sharing of its benefits arising from this use
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.