Leaders for Nature- India

Dr. Nick Senapati, Managing Director, Rio Tinto India, explains Rio Tinto's Biodiversity Policy

Dr. Nick Senapati, Managing Director, Rio Tinto India, explains Rio Tinto's Biodiversity Policy

Photo: IUCN India Country Office

Leaders for Nature is a business biodiversity network, initiated in the Netherlands by IUCN NL in 2005. Leaders for Nature engages multinationals and major Dutch enterprises, to work towards greening the economy. By offering knowledge & training, hands-on project support and inspiration, Leaders for Nature stimulates and facilitates companies to take the lead in incorporating natural capital in their core business. By providing the knowledge and tools developed by IUCN and its members, Leaders for Nature sensitizes companies to the true value of nature, assess biodiversity related risks and opportunities, and to take this into account in their strategic decisions. Since its inception, the Leaders for Nature network has connected more than 1,200 professionals from various management levels with member companies, NGOs, governments and academic institutions, resulting in corporate action plans and joint programs. In 2012, Leaders for Nature launched its second network in India. IUCN India Country Office and IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands, together with their partners CII - ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development, Hivos, and the Wildlife Trust of India are actively running the Leaders for Nature network in India since 2014. Leaders for Nature works to mobilize companies to incorporate biodiversity considerations into their company operations.

Vision

By 2050, Indian businesses have implemented solutions to reduce their ecological impacts resulting in a ‘net positive impact’ on ‘natural capital’; collectively creating an Indian economy that values, conserves and restores nature.

Mission
Leaders for Nature India works in partnership with front-runner companies, in up-scaling innovations, new business models and solutions that integrate natural capital in the value they create, mutually benefitting business, biodiversity, and society.

2020 Goals: Leaders for Nature

  1. Identify main impacts and dependencies on natural capital
  2. Develop and possibly publish a natural capital account
  3. Integrate natural capital in core business operations and strategy as an impact measurement
  4. Take action in value chains that limit existing impacts on natural capital, to achieve no net loss of biodiversity
  5. Commitment to work towards net positive impact on natural capital in new products and services
  6. Fulfill a frontrunner role and actively engage all relevant actors and parties in value chains from cradle to cradle to safeguard natural capital

Ms. Bette Harms, IUCN NL, conducts an interactive session during the Leaders for Nature Master Class in New Delhi

Ms. Bette Harms, IUCN NL, conducts an interactive session during the Leaders for Nature Master Class in New Delhi

Photo: IUCN India Country Office

 

Leaders for Nature India provides its member companies a program that offers:

  1. Knowledge & training on natural capital;
  2. Hands-on support to carry out action plans and projects;
  3. A network of like-minded companies; and
  4. Inspiration by nature that triggers individual leadership.

Leaders for Nature India is uniquely placed to provide support at both strategic, as well as operational level to develop business that does not impact nature. The Natural Capital Roadmap, developed by the network, guides companies in this journey, through a (non cyclic) Six Step Process:

  1. Identify the impacts and dependencies of your company on natural capital;
  2. Asses the related business risk and opportunities for your company’s core business;
  3. Measure and report impact and dependencies to help you manage these risks and opportunities;
  4. Take action to reduce the impact of your company and capture market opportunities;
  5. Integrate natural capital in your business strategy, and
  6. Engage with relevant parties to jointly realize the transition towards a green and sustainable economy.

Leaders for Nature offers companies support in making the natural capital road map actionable by:

  1. Increasing awareness and understanding of the importance of biodiversity and ecosystems to the financial sustainability of your business, within various management levels of the company.Trainings are delivered by network-wide ‘Master Classes’, as well as through ‘In-Company’ training sessions;
  2. Providing a platform for peer-to-peer learning and exchange between like-minded companies of ‘Best Practices’. This will be facilitated through an ‘Annual Forum’ and regular communications.
  3. Providing access to the vast knowledge base of the worldwide IUCN-network of non-governmental organizations, scientists, and governments, as well as the expertise to translate this knowledge into on-ground interventions.
  4. Providing support in improving the environmental and sustainable performance of the organization across its value chains. Leaders for Nature will support your company’s team in developing sustainable and relevant actions.

 

Representatives discuss during the Leaders for Nature Master Class, with Ms. Jane Lawton, IUCN ARO

Representatives discuss during the Leaders for Nature Master Class, with Ms. Jane Lawton, IUCN ARO

Photo: IUCN India Country Office

 

For further details please contact

Mr. Aditya Petwal
Coordinator, Leaders for Nature - India
M: +91 9958225141+91 9958225141 I E: aditya.petwal@iucn.org

Website: http://www.leadersfornature.nl 

 

Bengal Tiger being Released into the wild from a boat in the Sundarbans
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