Business and ecosystems are inextricably linked. Business not only affects ecosystem services but also rely upon them. Biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation pose significant risks to companies but can also represent new opportunities, for those who have anticipated the changes or are leveraging new biodiversity markets. Awareness of the business case for action is consequently increasing and more and more companies are taking action.
However, business alone can’t solve the issue, and partnerships with NGOs and governments appear to be an effective way to scale up impacts.
This session will showcase examples of companies’ actions to curb biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation, focusing on partnerships with stakeholders (NGOs, governments, etc.). It will demonstrate that solutions often lie in collaboration and partnerships. Highlighting examples from IUCN and WBCSD member companies, the interactive session will focus on how partnerships can help address the challenge and scale up impacts.
DRAFT AGENDA – speakers listed are confirmed, although some gaps remain.
As this is a Happy Hour event, we will limit the session to 30-45 minutes, leaving lots of time for networking over drinks and nibbles.
Welcome: Mike Mack, CEO, Syngenta (5 mins)
“Connected around the world” panel: moderated by Eva Zabey, WBCSD and Giulia Carbone, IUCN (30 mins). The idea is to showcase concrete examples from around the world where collaborating with others has benefited business, the local community and nature. Each speaker is encouraged to bring their “partner” with them to the session, and can choose to include them on the panel, or simply to attend in case more in-depth discussion about the partnership arises.
• Shell – Allard Castelein
• Syngenta – Juan Gonzalez-Valero
• Mondi – Peter Gardiner
• Holcim – Rashila Kerai
• Rio Tinto – TBC
• Nespresso – TBC
Take-aways: Peter Bakker, President, WBCSD (5 mins)