Protecting our "natural capital": The 'Biodiversity in Good Company' Initiative is a cross-sectorial collaboration of companies that have joined forces to protect and sustainably use our worldwide biological diversity. Through this commitment they contribute to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Its aim is to halt the dramatic loss of ecosystems, species and genetic diversity. Read more about the initiative Become a member
Responsibility for our natural resources does not end at the factory gate. Quite the contrary, the biggest challenges often start there and lie in the supply chains. In 2017, the idea for a competition to gather and reward good examples was born. In August 2018, ‘Biodiversity in Good Company‘, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the NABU - Naturschutzbund Deutschland (German BirdLife partner) launched the competition “The supply chain is alive”. The competition aimed to reward companies that are tackling the challenging task of integrating biodiversity into supply chain management. The winner was awarded on the International Day of Biodiversity on May 22nd, 2019.
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What do companies have to do with biodiversity and how should they get involved? "Basic knowledge: companies and biodiversity" is a series of short, cross-industry information modules for companies interested in finding out more on this topic. Read
Our member company Aleph was awarded with the Excellence Award at the “Japan Awards for Biodiversity” by the AEON Environmental Foundation. Aleph was awarded for its efforts on sustainable sourcing of rice, which reduced use of agrochemicals and contributed positively to biodiversity.
In India, spices are cultivated in important biodiversity hotspots. However, changes in cultivation practices endanger both the productive base and biodiversity. Two new manuals for drawing up ‘Biodiversity Action Plans’ now provide support for spice producers.read more
Audi has transformed 17 hectares of land on the Audi production site in Münchsmünster into a near-natural habitat for animals and plants. So far, 112 plant species have developed there and around 90 species of wild bees have settled there.
Positive Impact Finance involves comprehensive analysis and evaluation of the environmental, social, and economic impacts (positive and negative) of corporate activities, and the provision of loans to support these activities on an ongoing basis. It is implemented based on the Principles and procedures in accordance with the Principles for Positive Impact Finance established by the United Nations Environmental Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI).read more
Some of the first and successful entrepreneurial pioneers in biodiversity-friendly production and marketing are already active – in the production of spices in India, for example, and in the cultivation, harvesting and processing of agaves in Mexico. read more
The end of September saw over 800 delegates from 66 countries gather at the tip of the African continent for the 8th International conference of the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER). With representatives from academia, non-governmental organisations, local government agencies, business and the United Nations, the focus was very much on restoring land, water and community resilience, and laying the path towards the UN decade on ecosystem restoration, which starts in 2021. Building on a developing partnership with SER, HeidelbergCement was proud to sponsor the international conference for a second time.read more
On 7. and 8. November the European Business and Nature Summit will take place in Madrid/Spain. The event is co-organized by the European B@B Platform.read more
The IPBES Global Assessment attracted much attention. It underlines that nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history. Now the Summary for Policymakers was published. read more
Production of palm oil keeps expanding due to increases in food demand worldwide. A wide range of environmental and social problems including logging of tropical rain forests for plantation expansion keeps happening daily. SARAYA was the first Japanese company that joined the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in 2005. It now contributes its experiences as a board member of the Japan Sustainable Palm Oil Network (JaSPON). read more
Please note the English and Japanese website provide some basic information on the initiative. The German website is more comprehensive.
In 2018 the 'Biodiversity in Good Company' Initiative celebrated its 10th anniversary. Find out more about our history, our background and our member companies in our anniversary brochure!
The European Commission published two guidance documents on 'Working with nature to resolve urgent societal challenges'. The new tools are intended to help planners, policymakers and businesses solve socio-economic challenges, while also protecting and restoring Europe's nature.
The We Value Nature project invites to a business training on Natural Capital. Aim of the training is to gain understanding of the relationship between business and nature, to explore practical approaches and tools, and to learn from each other.
On 7 March a workshop on practices and perspectives for sustainable mineral extraction oranized by the The German Building Materials Association (bbs) took place.
SuMi Trust supports the Principles for Responsible Banking as advocated in the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI).