Many companies in Germany contribute to biodiversity protection as mandated by law and many of these have joined the 'Biodiversity in Good Company' Initiative. Yet major challenges for mobilizing broad business action remain. Against the background of the target year 2020 of the Strategic Plan and CBD Decision X/21, the German Government is increasing its efforts to expand sustainable and structured dialogue with business in order to mobilize further commitment beyond Germany’s current advanced regulations.
Germany disposes of a rich spectrum of of business federations, nature conservancy organizations and (public) authorities. A new project, "Unternehmen Biologische Vielfalt 2020" ("Enterprise Biological Diversity 2020"), initiated by the Federal Environment Ministry, was set up as a dialogue and action platform for these groups in order to encourage exchange and cooperation and tangible action.
'Biodiversity in Good Company' is both a supporter and partner as well as the coordination office for this process. Quite a number of the most important business federations and nature conservancy organizations with a broad outreach already particpate actively.
"Unternehmen Biologische Vielfalt" was officially launched during the 5th National Forum on Biodiversity in Berlin on 5 March 2013. The Forum, attended by German Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier, included high-level representatives from the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), the World Wide Fund for Nature and others.
The new platform aims to: