Wiser discussion about ethical and responsible engagement with the private sector to promote change (CEESP official session)

The proposed Mandate for the Commission on the Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy (CEESP) (http://portals.iucn.org/docs/2012congress%5Cdocs_april%5Cen/WCC-2012-8.3...) includes the priority "Enhanced capacity of civil society, governments and the private sector to ensure corporate social and environmental accountability and reduce the negative impact of industries on climate, bio-cultural diversity and food security." This priority is the major focus of CEESP's Theme on the Social and Environmental Accountability of the Private Sector. (TSEAPRISE). More specifically, the past focus has been on the impact of oil, gas, mining and biofuel industries on indigenous and local communities and the environment which sustains them, including serving as a major source of their livelihoods.

In addition, IUCN's Business and Biodiversity Programme (BBP) has was established to influence and support private partners in addressing environmental and social issues. The Programme's key priority, based on a strategy approved by the IUCN Council, is to engage the business sectors that have a significant impact on natural resources and livelihoods, again, with a major focus on large 'footprint' industries such as mining, and oil and gas, and other biodiversity-dependent industries. Past and current efforts include dialogues and collaborative project agreements with a number of extractive industries with a goal to improving the industries' performance, particularly with respect to biodiversity conservation.

Recently, the IUCN Council approved a revised document describing the "IUCN Business Engagement Strategy" (http://www.iucn.org/about/work/programmes/business/bbp_aboutus/strategy/), which provides more detailed guidance for the BBP and other components of IUCN including CEESP and other Commissions. The document describes a programme that goes beyond those businesses that potentially have a direct impact on biodiversity to include the financial sector and supply chains.

This workshop will focus on recommendations for how CEESP and the BBP, along with IUCN members, governments, and the private sector can work together in the context of IUCN's One Programme Charter to improve the performance not only of the extractive industries but also other elements of the private/business sector as well. The workshop will build on discussions of TSEAPRISE at the 2011 CEESP Sharing Power conference in New Zealand as well as the results of the IUCN/BBP-industry collaborations. It will give an opportunity to hear the lessons learned and recommendations to the industries, governments, and civil society for improving business and industry performance. In the discussions, participants will be encouraged to add their own perspectives, improve on the recommendations, and outline implementation plans.

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Programme

14:30–14:35: Introduction—Aroha Te Pareke Mead, Chair, CEESP

14:35–14:40: Overview of Workshop and objectives—Richard Cellarius, Interim Chair of TSEAPRISE
Objective: Promote understanding and implementation of IUCN's Business Engagement Strategy in the context of the One Programme Charter.
Desired Output Summary paper with major points made and recommendations for further action;
Target: IUCN Business and Biodiversity Programmme and CEESP-TSEAPRISE
Context: IUCN's One Programme Charter; IUCN Business Engagement Strategy; CEESP Mandate Priority 4. "Enhanced capacity of civil society, governments and the private sector to ensure corporate social and environmental accountability and reduce the negative impact of industries on climate, bio-cultural diversity and food security."

14:40–15:20: IUCN's Business Engagement Strategy and its Implementation—Panel/Short Presentations
Stewart Maginnis: IUCN's One Programme Charter
Diana Shand: IUCN Council, Private Sector Task Force: Council perspective
Gerard Bos: IUCN's Business Engagement Strategy and role of the Business and Biodiversity Programme (BBP); current BBP Engagements
James Griffiths: Business Perspective from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

15:20-15:40: Extractive Industries as a major concern—Participants Statements
Richard Cellarius: Summary of Whakatane Workshop Conclusions
Antonio & Javier Claparols:The Philippines
Masego Madzwamuse: Southern Africa
Doris Cellarius: Environmenal & Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs)
Others TBD

15:40—16:15: Small Group Discussions: How can CEESP-TSEAPRISE in particular as well as IUCN Members contribute to the implementation of the Business Engagement Strategy based on the following outline from the Strategy?
The Strategy’s main objective is that business practices at landscape and seascape levels are transformed to generate benefits for biodiversity and natural resource‐dependent livelihoods.
To achieve this aim and objective, three interconnected entry points are recommended:
1. Businesses adopt policies to manage biodiversity risks so as to avoid and minimize biodiversity impacts and seek opportunities for biodiversity conservation and benefits for natural resource‐dependent people. [Primary focus]
2. Supply chains apply sustainability standards and safeguards that positively impact biodiversity and local livelihoods.
3. Public and financial sector policies promote the integration of biodiversity and livelihood values in business decision‐making.
Results posted as "idea cards" on large tablets/sheets

16:15-16:30: Conclusion
Moderators/Recorders: Reports from discussions
Richard Cellarius: Next Steps

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Speakers List:

Aroha Te Pareke Mead, Chair, Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy (CEESP)
Richard Cellarius, Interim Chair, CEESP Theme on the Social and Environmental Accountability of the Private Sector. (TSEAPRISE)
Stewart Maginnis, Global Director - IUCN Nature-based Solutions and Rights Group
Diana Shand, Chair, IUCN Council Private Sector Task Force
Gerard Bos, Head – IUCN Global Business & Biodiversity Programme
James Griffiths, Managing Director, Ecosystems, Forest Solutions and Water, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Antonio & Javier Claparols, Ecological Society of the Philippines
Masego Madzwamuse, Economic Justice Programme Manager, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa and CEESP Regional Vice Chair for Southern Africa
Doris Cellarius, Sierra Club and Chair, CEESP Task Force on Agri/Biofuels

Final Description, Programme, and Speakers loaded 15 August 2012

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