The European Business & Biodiversity Campaign

18 April 2011 | News story

The European Business and Biodiversity Campaign (EBBC) is dedicated to helping businesses recognize the many ways in which they are connected to biodiversity and innovative opportunities they have to conserve it.

The EBBC provides information and tools on how to integrate biodiversity concerns in business models. Funded under the LIFE Programme of the EU, the EBBC is a joint initiative of the Global Nature Fund (GNF), IUCN Regional Office for Europe and partners from Germany, Spain and the Netherlands which implement the following major activities:

Biodiversity Checks for Companies
The Biodiversity Check is a basic assessment that helps companies to identify their impacts and dependency on ecosystem services. The outdoor supplier VAUDE was one of the first companies to perform this Check. Based on the recommendations from the Biodiversity Check VAUDE integrated measures and goals into the environmental management system.

Biodiversity Advocates
In collaboration with Biodiversity Advocates, companies engaged in biodiversity conservation, the EBBC promotes information exchanges on biodiversity issues for the private sector in the EU. At the first biodiversity workshop in collaboration with TUI AG, Europe’s largest travel group, managers from tour operators discussed the impacts of the dramatic loss of ecosystems and species for the tourism industry. Upcoming events include workshops for food processing industry in collaboration with Unilever in May and for construction industry with Eiffage in June 2011.

Regional Biodiversity Forums for SMEs
To address small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) the EBBC organizes regional biodiversity forums in European regions. In 2010, the first forum was held in the Lake Constance region in Germany focusing on topics such as ecological greening of premises. The event attracted 80 representatives from local companies. In 2011, forums will take place in Spain and the Netherlands.

EMAS, ISO and Biodiversity
Environmental management systems applying EMAS integrate biodiversity as one environmental aspect. The core indicator to date is merely the use of land. The EU Commission is currently working on so called EMAS reference documents for the most important sectors which should include additional key figures and indicators. Within this framework the EBBC provides sector-specific indicators for biodiversity and hosts workshops for (environmental) auditors.

More information on the activities of the EBBC can be found on the website www.business-biodiversity.eu

Contact: Mr. Stefan Hörmann; Senior Programme Manager, GNF hoermann@globalnature.org