Conservation sector joins forces to green businesses in Europe
The involvement of business in the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services is crucial to achieving a sustainable status of biodiversity and a more stable and green economy. A number of initiatives have been developed to help businesses become greener.
On 31 October 2011 a meeting initiated by the IUCN Regional Office for Europe took place at ECNC’s headquarters in Tilburg, the Netherlands, to align the European Biodiversity Standard and the Biodiversity Check of the European Business and Biodiversity Campaign (EBBC) and to promote collaboration among the various actors. The IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands, Middlemarch Environmental Ltd and Triple E, a Dutch partner in the EBBC, also participated in the meeting.
ECNC, together with the UK biodiversity consultancy Middlemarch Environmental Ltd, has developed an assessment scheme for businesses to determine their biodiversity impact and improve their environmental performance. Companies participating in the scheme which show real commitment to biodiversity conser- vation and sustainable development will be awarded the European Biodiversity Standard for a period of two years (with the possibility of renewal). The Global Nature Fund and partners have developed an initiative within the European Business and Biodiversity Campaign, called the Biodiversity Check.
Further talks will take place to find a way to link the two approaches, with the aim of offering a fully comprehensive scheme to the business community in Europe. In this way, businesses will be served best in their efforts to green their operations.
This European biodiversity accreditation scheme would be part of a global standard to be developed in the years to come, and it would complement and build on the Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation, released by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in April 2011.
For more information please contact Rob Wolters or visit the EBS website.