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