Tackling the ecosystem challenge – business solutions for a sustainable world

There is a strong business case for action on ecosystems. Effectively managing ecosystem related risks and opportunities can make companies more competitive, resilient to shocks, agile in a fast-changing world, more likely to attract and hold customers, and can also help improve their relations with banks, insurers, etc. Companies are consequently more active on the subject, and are implementing solutions on the ground that aim to respond to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)’s global biodiversity targets.

This session will focus on current business actions to tackle the ecosystem challenge and the enabling conditions that make them impactful. A number of professionals from different sectors will present how their company is responding to the challenge, and what makes their project successful. Presentations will focus on the type of solution proposed, its impact, the enabling conditions, and more importantly its scalability. Can a specific solution be implemented by another company in a different country or in a different ecosystem?

DRAFT AGENDA – speakers listed are confirmed, although some gaps remain.

Welcome by moderator: Eva Zabey, WBCSD (5 minutes)

“How can I…”
1. “… Reduce and compensate for the impacts of providing my products and services?” (15 mins)
• Rio Tinto – Stuart Anstee
• Shell – Allard Castelein
• Sharing experiences in the room

2. “… Manage my waste & by-products?” (15 mins)
• Samsung
• Holcim
• Sharing experiences in the room

3. “… Make products that help?” (15 mins)
• Mondi – Peter Gardiner
• Hitachi – Takeshi Takagi
• Sharing experiences in the room

4. “… Assess and account for my impacts on nature?” (15 mins)
• PUMA / PPR Group – Holly Dublin
• Weyerhaeuser
• Sharing experiences in the room

Voting

NOW… How can I… scale up? (30 mins)

Panel of business and non-business groups to discuss scalability and replicability of these solutions in different countries:
• BCSD Korea – Yuwon Kwon
• Italcementi (FLT) – Giacomo Bordoni
• Michelin (FLT) – Patrice Person
• IUCN Asia – Aban Kabraji
• IUCN South America

Discussion (15 mins)
Wrap-up (5 mins)
Three take aways
• IUCN BBP – Gerard Bos, BBP

Geographical scope:

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