How can companies assess their performance in relation to biodiversity?

Businesses are increasingly aware of their impacts on the natural environment and mindful of the need to effectively manage such impacts. Many businesses are also helping to deliver improved conservation outcomes through the integration of biodiversity considerations into their decision-making and operational processes.

In order to successfully manage biodiversity, it is essential to measure changes resulting from business operations. Existing methodologies for monitoring changes to biodiversity are costly, excessively “scientific” and difficult to replicate beyond an individual site. A practical and credible framework that allows businesses to measure and manage their impacts on biodiversity is needed.

IUCN and Holcim have been working together since 2007 to develop robust ecosystem conservation standards for the Holcim Group and contribute to sector-wide improvements in the cement and related sectors. This work has resulted in a Biodiversity Management System (BMS) for Holcim which integrates biodiversity considerations into the company’s decision-making and operations. To support BMS implementation, the IUCN-Holcim Biodiversity Advisory Panel is working on a practical system which will allow Holcim to measure their impacts on ecosystem diversity and demonstrate good land stewardship.

This workshop will bring together businesses and the conservation community to discuss the proposed IUCN-Holcim system and debate its applicability to other companies and sectors. During the workshop, IUCN, its members and partners will discuss the current thinking on indicators for business and key elements required for a common framework.

The aim of this workshop is to obtain feedback for the monitoring system proposed by the IUCN-Holcim Biodiversity advisory Panel and discuss ways in which to adapt it other companies and sectors.

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