From the IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people are our common heritage and humanity’s most important life-supporting ‘safety net’. But our safety net is stretched almost to breaking point. IPBES Chair, Sir Robert Watson. “The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.” The rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely.
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‘Biodiversity and climate change are two sides of the same coin, we can’t solve one without the other’. Tony Juniper, Natural England
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Whether you own land; or are in construction; you source soy, palm oil, cocoa, timber, pulp, paper, rubber, leather, plastic, beef or fish from your supply chain; if you lend to or invest in businesses that do; produce waste or you are a service business with a canteen serving food, your business could inadvertently be contributing to the destruction of nature and wildlife here and abroad
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The Council for Sustainable Business has created a sliding scale of commitments for business around biodiversity. They are based on the principle of understanding your direct and indirect (supply chain) impacts, and setting targets for reducing them, before supporting biodiversity restoration programs to deliver a biodiversity net gain.
Other biodiversity commitments that businesses are making:
There is as yet, no single universally accepted metric for measuring biodiversity, and finding one is a far tougher challenge than recording tonnes of carbon. There are however a variety of ways that you can measure your impacts: