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The Business & Biodiversity Award
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Companies applying for one of the existing categories are also able to compete for the 'Business and Biodiversity' Award. 

Award criteria:

Is the ecosystem/habitat/species important? (e.g. is the action in a Natura 2000 area, or one covered by the Habitat or the Birds Directive? Is it threatened? Is it indigenous?)

How extensive is the impact? (e.g. what is the geographical area covered? What land types are affected? What other types of land use can be found in the region? Are there negative side effects?)

Does the action contribute to the protection and improvement of biodiversity in a broader context? (e.g. is it a constituent of an ecological corridor? Does the action involve others in the company or beyond? Does it develop and/or use green infrastructure and/or ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation? Does it create benefits for species, water, soil, land-use, resource-use (see ‘Environmental benefits’ section on pp.21-22 for examples)

How sustainable is the protection of biodiversity? (e.g. Are staff appropriately trained? Is financing in place to sustain the action? Is the awareness of other actors raised?)

If the jury is unable to reach a decision on the basis of the four criteria above, then the following additional criteria may also be used:

Accountability, including reporting on biodiversity impacts (qualitative and quantitative e.g. environmental footprint, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Environmental Profit & Loss).

Employee involvement, e.g. specific training on biodiversity issues and recognition of employees’ involvement in biodiversity conservation initiatives.

Social benefits for local communities and stakeholders, and poverty reduction. Focus on preserving the cultural heritage.

Economic benefits for local communities and stakeholders, and profitability of the projects including consideration of the value chain with a sustainable sourcing policy.

Commitment, e.g. through the development of a specific corporate vision on biodiversity issues and strong involvement of top management in the integration of biodiversity issues into the corporate strategy.

Synergies by working together and/or promoting the project and sharing experience with local and national stakeholders, peers, NGOs and other stakeholders.

Duration and consistency of the initiatives including focus on long-term.

Environmental benefits; the following list provides guidance on the information needs for demonstrating environmental benefits in different areas;

  • Land use
    • Description of location and size of lands on which operations are led;
    • List of protected habitats on or close to which operations are led;
    • List of biodiversity restoration actions;
    • List of habitats already protected or restored.
  • Species protection
    • List of emblematic and protected species (fauna and flora);
    • Implementation of a species population census before and after operations;
    • Conservation and/or management actions implemented for preserving endangered and emblematic species;
    • Actions implemented to fight invasive alien species introduction.
  • Water resource protection
    • List of water sources surrounding operation sites;
    • Implementation of a water management system to minimize withdrawal of waste water (e.g. recycling or reusing);
    • Actions implemented to protect surrounding water resources.
  • Soil protection
    • Actions implemented in order to avoid soil pollution during operations;
    • Actions implemented in order to avoid soil pollution during transport;
    • Actions implemented in order to avoid soil over-fertilisation.
  • Natural resource use
    • Description of natural resources used in operations;
    • Actions implemented to avoid over-exploitation and unsustainable use of natural resources;
    • Implementation of energy-efficient systems and processes for the operations.
  • Environmental Management Systems
    • Implementation of an EMS controlling and reporting on progress regarding environmental issues;
    • Implementation of an EMS with specific focus on biodiversity (e.g. GRI).
  • Compensation measures
    • In case of biodiversity destruction/degradation, actions implemented to compensate by restoring protected areas (e.g. reforestation).