Objectives and activities
The platform will engage with businesses, industry associations, governments and civil society through an integrated and coordinated approach.
The platform will work with the interested priority business sectors identified by the European Commission; Agriculture, Food Supply, Forestry, Extractive industry, Financial sector and Tourism to promote their awareness of and engagement in biodiversity protection.
The platform works with the business sectors, their associated national federations, Member State organisations and representatives of civil society to promote the implementation of identified best practice, adapted as appropriate to the specific conditions of the countries and companies concerned.
Benchmarking and Best Practice
The platform works with the selected sectors to benchmark best practice in each sector with regard to the conservation of biodiversity, to implement and adapt if necessary, to the specific conditions of the companies concerned.
This will include the development of best-practice guidance concerning the main risks, responsibilities and opportunities for companies in relation to nature and biodiversity conservation. The guidance will build on existing guidelines and handbooks previously produced with business organisations and private companies, as well as other relevant materials.
Insofar as relevant, this component will take account of EU nature legislation, notably biodiversity-relevant EU agreements and directives.
The platform will develop an award/rating system to recognise business sectors or companies that make an outstanding contribution to the conservation of biodiversity within the framework of the initiative.
To reach these objectives, the EC took the initiative to engage with businesses, from SMEs to larger organizations, to set up a technical platform on Business and Biodiversity (B&B) in order to:
- facilitate the business and biodiversity initiative;
- develop with businesses and other stakeholders means to establish pro-biodiversity businesses;
- help businesses finding solutions to biodiversity challenges related to their activities ensuring a fair income and sustainable growth, while providing benefits for biodiversity and ecosystems;
- encourage the development of consumer awareness with an EU wide award scheme, acknowledging the good practice of the best performing businesses.