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Business and Biodiversity: Sector-specific information

Sector-specific information

 


The following sources and links offer a small selection for further reading in order to provide some initial information. The focus is on general information on "business and biodiversity" in the corresponding sectors.  It is not the aim to cover all aspects, debates and 
opinions, but rather to provide some first access to the issue of biodiversity, with a special focus on companies from industry and the service sector. 

Businesses in the primary sector (agriculture, forestry, fishery ...) are linked to biodiversity issues in a pronounced and obvious way and are concerned with the related challenges every day. The general information under these sections is meant for "beginners".

The list of links does not claim to be exhaustive and does not contain examples from individual companies.

Agriculture

Apparel

Chemical Industry

Construction, extractive industries

Energy

Financial sector

Fisheries

Food and beverages

Mobility, transport

Papier, forestry

Pharma, cosmetics

Retail

Tourism

Agriculture

Programme Agricultural Biodiversity of the CBD
providing basic knowledge and links


CBD Global Platform on Business and Biodiversity, information on sector agriculture/food
Basic information and list of links covering good practice examples and relevant organisations.


Information of the European Commission's Business & Biodiversity Platform on agriculture


European Learning Network on Functional AgroBiodiversity
The European Learning Network on Functional AgroBiodiversity was founded to exchange knowledge and practical experience across country and language borders, between farmers and policymakers, scientists, businesses and NGOs, to enable fast and effective implementation of best practices. 


Aiama D., Edwards S., Bos G., Ekstrom J., Krueger L., Quétier F., Savy C., Semroc B., Sneary M. and Bennun L. (2015), edited by IUCN: No Net Loss and Net Positive Impact Approaches for Biodiversity: exploring the potential application of these approaches in the commercial agriculture and forestry sectors. Gland, Switzerland
IUCN publication to promote best practices in the agricultural and forestry sectors

Chemical industry

European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) (2013): Biodiversity and Ecosystem services - What are they all about?
Study by Arcadis on behalf of CEFIC showing that the European chemical industry takes efforts to better understand their relationsip to biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Construction, extractive industries

CBD Global Platform on Business and Biodiversity, information on sector infrastructure/construction
Basic information and list of links covering good practice examples and relevant organisations.


Quarry Life Award
Award for protecing biodiversity in mining sites


Cement Sustainability Initiative
of the World Business Council for Sustainable Develpment


EMAS Reference Document on Best Environmental Management Practice in the building and construction sector, Final Report, September 2012
The so-called EMAS reference documents are being produced on behalf of the European Commission in order to support the implementation of EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme).


Good practice guidance for mining and biodiversity 
issued by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)


Biodiversity Offsets -  A briefing paper for the mining industry 
issued by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)

Energy

CBD Global Platform on Business and Biodiversity, information on sector energy
Basic information and list of links covering good practice examples and relevant organisations.


Cross-Sector Biodiversity Initiative (CSBI)
IPIECA (The global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues), the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and the Equator Principles Association have launched a Cross Sector Biodiversity Initiative (CSBI) at the International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA) Special Symposium on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services on 7-8 February in Washington, D.C.


Library of IPIECA on biodiversity in the oil and gas industry
IPIECA (Global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues)

Financial sector

CBD Global Platform on Business and Biodiversity, information on sector banking/financial services 
Basic information and list of links covering good practice examples and relevant organisations.


UNEP Finance Initiative, workstream biodiversity


Equator Principles 
Credit risk management framework for determining, assessing and managing environmental and social risk in project finance transactions.


Natural Capital Finance Alliance
Initiative of the financial sector launched in 2012 under the auspices of the UNEP Finance Initiative


IFC Performance Standard 6 – Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources  
One of IFC's Performance Standards that define clients' responsibilities for managing their environmental and social risks.


Cross-Sector Biodiversity Initiative (CSBI)
IPIECA (The global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues), the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and the Equator Principles Association have launched a Cross Sector Biodiversity Initiative (CSBI) at the International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA) Special Symposium on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services on 7-8 February in Washington, D.C.


Ivo Mulder (2007): Biodiversity, the Next Challenge for Financial Institutions?, ed. IUCN, Gland/Switzerland

 

Fisheries

MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) 
The world's leading certification and ecolabelling program for sustainable seafood.


CBD Global Platform on Business and Biodiversity, information on sector fisheries
Basic information and list of links covering good practice examples and relevant organisations.

Paper, forestry

Programme Forest Biodiversity of the CBD
Basic knowledge and political challenges.


CBD Global Platform on Business and Biodiversity, information on sector forestry and paper
Basic information and list of links covering good practice examples and relevant organisations.


Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) 
A global, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of responsible forest management worldwide. Membership consensus sets the FSC Principles and Criteria. All ten principles and criteria must be applied in any forest management unit before it can receive FSC certification, the most well-knows certificate in this sector.


EU forests and forest-related policies


Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) (2010): Sharing Experiences: Promoting Biodiversity in the European Pulp and Paper Industry
Brochure providing basic regarding forest biodiversity, including options for actions of the pulp and paper industry and good practice examples.


Aiama D., Edwards S., Bos G., Ekstrom J., Krueger L., Quétier F., Savy C., Semroc B., Sneary M. and Bennun L. (2015), edited by IUCN: No Net Loss and Net Positive Impact Approaches for Biodiversity: exploring the potential application of these approaches in the commercial agriculture and forestry sectors. Gland, Switzerland
IUCN publication on measures in the agricultural und forestry sectors

Pharma, cosmetics

CBD Global Platform on Business and Biodiversity, information on sector cosmetics
Basic information and list of links covering good practice examples and relevant organisations.


Union for Ethical Biotrade (UEBT) 
Launched in October 2007, the Union for Ethical BioTrade is a non-profit association that promotes the 'Sourcing with Respect' of ingredients that come from biodiversity. Members commit to gradually ensuring that their sourcing practices promote the conservation of biodiversity, respect traditional knowledge and assure the equitable sharing of benefits all along the supply chain.

Retail

CBD Global Platform on Business and Biodiversity, informationen on sector retail
Basic information and list of links covering good practice examples and relevant organisations.


 EMAS Reference Document on Best Environmental Management Practice in the Retail Trade Sector, Final Report 2013
The so-called EMAS reference documents are being produced on behalf of the European Commission in order to support the implementation of EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme).


UNEP-WCMC (2011): Review of the Biodiversity Requirements of Standards and Certification Schemes: A snapshot of current practices. Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Montréal, Canada. Technical Series No. 63.
Examines 36 standards from 8 sectors in how far they integrate biodiversity aspects.

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