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Germany

Biodiversity in Good Company Initiative (contact point for „Unternehmen Biologische Vielfalt 2020“)

Website
http://www.business-and-biodiversity.de/en/activities/unternehmen-biologische-vielfalt-2020/

The German Government is increasing its efforts to expand sustainable and structured dialogue with business in order to mobilize further commitment beyond Germany’s current advanced regulations. Germany has a rich spectrum of business federations, nature conservancy organizations and (public) authorities. A new project, "Unternehmen Biologische Vielfalt 2020" ("Enterprise Biological Diversity 2020"), initiated by the Federal Environment Ministry, was set up as a dialogue and action platform for these groups in order to encourage exchange and cooperation and tangible action. Biodiversity in Good Company is both a supporter and partner as well as the coordination office for this process. Quite a number of the most important business federations and nature conservancy organizations with a broad outreach already particpate actively. "Unternehmen Biologische Vielfalt 2020" was officially launched during the 5th National Forum on Biodiversity in Berlin on 5 March 2013. The Forum, attended by the former German Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier, included high-level representatives from the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), and the World Wide Fund for Nature. Other partners include the Global Nature Fund and econsense.

The Biodiversity in Good Company Initiative is a cross-sectorial collaboration of businesses that have committed to protecting and sustainably using the world’s biodiversity. Through this commitment they contribute to implementing the CBD. The Initiative was founded in Germany where it is still located today. Whereas the focus is in Germany, it is internationally connected and is open to members from around the world.

Biodiversity in Good Company considers it to be an integral business responsibility to successfully do business in accordance with the needs of our natural world. Our work is based on the conviction, goals and responsibilities that we have outlined in our ‘Leadership Declaration’.

The German Federal Environment Ministry had launched the Business and Biodiversity Initiative together with companies on the occasion of the German CBD presidency in 2008. It was one of the first initiatives of its kind – a real pioneer project to promote business engagement. In 2011, the member companies assumed full responsibility for the network by establishing it as a non-profit association, intent upon ensuring the continued and active pursuit of its aims.

Biodiversity in Good Company still actively cooperate with the Environment Ministry, for example by being a supporter of “Unternehmen Biologische Vielfalt 2020”, a dialogue and action platform for business and nature conservation associations. We are a member of the EU Business and Biodiversity Platform as well as of the CBD Global Platform on Business and Biodiversity.

Contact Information
'Biodiversity in Good Company‘ Initiative
Pariser Platz 6, Berlin, 10117, Germany
Tel: +49 (0) 30 226050-10
Fax: +49 (0) 30 226050-19
www.business-and-biodiversity.de


Contact Person
Carolin Boßmeyer
Managing Director at Biodiversity in Good Company Initiative e. V.
carolin.bossmeyer@business-and-biodiversity.de

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme