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The Business of Biodiversity (Introduction)

Day 1 - 5th Oct | 14:30 - 14:50

Location: Sustainable Transformation Theatre (Keynote)

Food & Nature

Overview

By live video

We need to rapidly scale and speed up business action and policy ambition for a nature-positive, net-zero and equitable world. Biodiversity underpins the health of both the planet and people.

Learnings

  • Businesses depend on a healthy planet to provide a stable operating environment, customers and workforces, and the natural resources necessary for production – food, fiber, water, minerals, building materials and more. But nature is at a tipping point.
  • We need a fundamental re-wiring of our economic system to recognise and reward long-term performance on people and planet. From all stakeholders, incl. investors and governments.
  • Governments must implement ambitious policies that reflect a vision of the sustainable economy to which we aspire – this includes increasing the current ambition in the CBD Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, which is THE opportunity to adopt a transformative agreement at a global level.
  • We need to ensure that the adequate financial resources are available.

Post Event Actions

Steps for companies to understand what they can do to help reverse nature loss:

  • Assess: It is important that companies assess their impacts and dependencies on nature to ensure they are committing and acting on the most material ones.
  • Commit: Make meaningful, informed and public commitments through credible platforms and set measurable targets across priority locations for how much the company will contribute to restore ecosystems.
  • Act: Preventing impact from happening in the first place or eliminating the impact entirely is already a significant contribution. Actively working – in partnership with others – to restore ecosystems is one part of the solution, and investing in nature-based, inclusive and holistic solutions is another way to contribute. Ultimately, a transformation is required to become nature-positive across the value chain aiming to “give back more than you take”.
  • Advocate: Engage in activities to advocate for ambitious government policies that will scale and speed up further positive business action.

Speakers

Eva Zabey

Executive Director

Business for Nature

Eva Zabey

Executive Director

Business for Nature

Eva leads Business for Nature coalition that drives nature-positive business action and policy ambition. Previously, Eva spent 15 years at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), leading work on natural, social and human capital measurement and valuation for business decision-making and disclosure, including the Natural Capital Protocol.

My Sustainability Goals for 2021:

Amplify the voice of leading business to drive action and policy ambition to a nature-positive, net-zero and equitable world.