The European Business and Biodiversity (B@B) Platform provides an EU level forum for sustained and strategic dialogue about the links between business and biodiversity. Through three separate thematic workstreams, the Platform delivers tangible results by working with business to develop tools and approaches that integrate biodiversity considerations into business practice. The B@B Platform also helps to coordinate and to raise awareness of innovative national and international initiatives, and showcase business best practices at EU level. Look at the different types of memberships and the multiple benefits you can reap from the B@B Platform.
Natural Capital Accounting
Innovation for Biodiversity and Business
Access to Finance and Innovative Finance Mechanisms
This year, WS 1 will investigate the links between NCA for businesses and the concept of ‘Net Impact’. You want to know more about the work of WS 1 in 2016? Go to WS 1 for more details and participate in the survey.
The objective of WS 2 for 2016 is to identify enabling actions (policy, regulatory or supportive measures) required at EU level for up-scaling of the most promising innovations identified under the WS in 2014 and 2015. You can now express your interest in joining one (or more) of the five different working groups that have been set up to address the WS objectives over the coming months. Go to WS 2 for more details.
The Natural Capital Protocol will be launched in London on the 13th of July 2016 at Chartered Accountants Hall. Click here for more info concerning the Protocol and upcoming event.
All the B@B Platform members will shortly be invited to take part in the work of the WS and can already contact the WS leaders to express their interest. Go to the WS 1 page, WS 2 page and WS 3 page for more details on the WS priorities.
The Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO) recently presented a unique interactive guide and self-assessment tool on natural capital for financial institutions.
Natural Infrastructure for Business (NI4Biz) is a recently launched initiative from the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) to strengthen the business case for investing in ecosystems – or natural infrastructure – and scale up action.
Save the date!: We are proud to announce that the third Annual Conference of the EU B@B Platform will take place on 23 November 2016 back to back with the Dutch international conference “Natural Capital | Let's talk business!” (see below). The 2016 Annual Conference will be hosted in the premises of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW) in The Hague. It will represent a great opportunity for the EU B@B Platform’s members and other businesses to learn about the work of the EU B@B Platform and exchange their views on the critical issues linked to business and biodiversity.
Location: Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW); Bezuidenhoutseweg 12, 2594 AV Den Haag, NL
Don’t miss this event and add it to your calendar!
Save the date!: The Dutch Platform for Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Economy (BEE) announces the international conference Natural Capital | Let's talk business!
This conference will start on 23 November in the evening and last until 25 November 2016 at the Fokker Terminal in The Hague. The concrete results of the EU B@B Platform will be presented in a dedicated session.
In addition, all members of the EU B@B Platform are invited to submit a breakout session proposal for the conference. The objective of the conference is to provide a forum to share the newest insights, approaches and lessons learned in the Natural Capital field and lay the foundation for a strong Natural Capital business network. The deadline for submission is the 27 May 2016.
Key forthcoming events:
The EU Green Week is taking place between 30 May and 3 June 2016 in Ljubljana and Brussels. Focusing on the theme "Investing for a greener future", it hopes to contribute to answering a broader question of how to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in Europe.
IUCN World Conservation Congress will take place 1-10 September 2016 in Hawaii. This annual Congress will bring more than 1,300 member organisations to influence the global conservation agenda and guide IUCN’s work plan for the four years to follow. Registrations are open online.
The section “Future events and workshops” of the B@B Platform has been updated with a series of key events happening in the coming months!
Fair Seed has implemented Terra Seed, the most environment-friendly sowing technology. The Christmas tree seeds are sowed in bio-degradable paper, which is impermeable to weeds. This ensures that no chemicals are used in the sowing process.