Business and Biodiversity

Building Business Resilience event

On 15 June 2020, Business for Nature, along with IUCN, the International Chamber of Commerce, UN Global Compact, World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the World Economic Forum, hosted a major global leadership event to discuss nature and its vital role in building a resilient future in a post-coronavirus world.

Building business resilience: How collective leadership will reverse nature loss explored how inspiring companies and governments can learn from the current Coronavirus pandemic and integrate nature into their decision-making. 

During a virtual event, hosted by Paul Polman, co-founder of IMAGINE, and news anchor Tien Wei, participants heard from keynote speakers Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, and Patricia Espinosa, the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC. Both confirmed that business leadership is critical to address the dual biodiversity and climate crises. 

Business leaders speaking at the event urged their peers to support the Call to Action reversing nature loss, which is being spearheaded by Business for Nature to help make the case for government action in the lead-up to international negotiations on biodiversity and climate change, now postponed until 2021.

Several CEOs voiced their support for the Call to Action, including Emmanuel Faber, CEO of Danone; Alan Jope, CEO of Unilever; Thomas Burbel CEO of AXA, and Roberto Marques, CEO of Natura &Co, Guo Guangchang, chairman of Fosun International, and Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, CEO of Sintesa Group. Additional companies are invited to endorse the Call to Action between now and the end of July.

A recording of the event and a video of the highlights will be available shortly. 

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