Article | 31 Juil, 2020

Draft guidelines for planning and monitoring corporate biodiversity performance issued for public comment

IUCN’s Business and Biodiversity Programme and Species Survival Commission Species Monitoring Specialist Group, working with numerous colleagues in the business and conservations sectors, today shared draft Guidelines for planning and monitoring corporate biodiversity performance.

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The IUCN draft Guidelines build on technical input and financial support from Nespresso, Boskalis and the Alcoa Foundation. The aim of the Guidelines is to support businesses taking action on biodiversity to mitigate risks or attain net positive gains; and, address their increasing need for information on the state of biodiversity, the pressures on species and ecosystems linked to their operations, and the effectiveness of their responses, in order to plan and monitor their operations.

The draft Guidelines for planning and monitoring corporate biodiversity performance steer businesses through a series of simple, practical steps to plan biodiversity goals, choose and apply appropriate biodiversity indicators, and collect, present and analyse data in a way that facilitates results-based management and corporate biodiversity reporting.  The Guidelines underline the importance of setting corporate biodiversity goals, since planning is a key prerequisite for monitoring. They also explain how, by choosing and using appropriate core indicators and building internal capacity and partnerships, companies can aggregate and use at the corporate level biodiversity data in a meaningful way.

This draft version is available for comment until 30 September. Comments can be sent by email to

The authors are particularly interested to learn: 

  • Which elements of the Guidelines would be easiest for your company to apply?
  • Which elements would be hardest to follow and why?
  • Do you have any advice for IUCN on how to make the Guidelines more useful to you?

Two webinars were held in August, which provided an opportunity for real-time discussion with interested stakeholders. 

The final version of the Guidelines will be launched in early 2021.