Few companies today account in their financial statements for the value of natural capital — resources such as clean water, tillable soil, breathable air and other resources that are often taken for granted or assumed to be free.
After Indonesian paper giant Asia Pulp & Paper's announcement last week that it will no longer source fiber produced from destruction of tropical rainforests, environmental groups are now urging Indonesia's other major paper company to make a similar commitment.
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 11 2013 (IPS) - Amidst growing new threats of potential conflicts over fast-dwindling water resources in the world’s arid regions, the United Nations will commemorate 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation (IYWC).
WASHINGTON, Jan 30 2013 (IPS) - Nearly 22 percent of professionally managed assets around the world can be considered sustainable or responsible, according to a finance industry assessment, the first comprehensive look at the subject.
Microsoft is at it again. A leader in corporate social responsibility and social enterprise initiatives, now the information technology giant is boosting its environmental stability chops within its corporate citizenship agenda.
BAODING, China, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The World Wildlife Fund says a Chinese solar cell manufacturer is the first company in that country to join the fund's Climate Saver program.
Two of the UK's biggest home improvement retailers have pledged to remove products from their shelves containing pesticides linked to the decline in the bee population.
HarperCollins has established a policy that excludes paper sourced from destruction of tropical rainforests and old growth forests.
A group of European researchers say shareholders should be held liable for the environmental damage caused by the companies they invest in. But the suggestion does have its drawbacks.
Climate change has arrived. 2012 is in the books as the warmest year on record, and extreme costly weather events are becoming the norm rather than the exception.
Exploration geologist Giorgio Sartorato is using data and technology to minimise Anglo American's environmental impact
3 January 2013 | In late October of last year, roughly 5,000 participants gathered in Hyderabad, India to protect biodiversity during the UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s 11th Conference of the Parties. After the previous conference in Nagoya, Japan, this was to be the “implementation con ...
The Rainforest Alliance's president hopes 2013 will see sustainable redesign across large companies and at field level
Two Latin American companies have won the WWF Switzerland Tropical Forest Challenge, a competition that aims to highlight and support for-profit entities that have a positive impact on conserving tropical forests.
Dec. 13, 2012 — The insurance industry, the world's largest business with $4.6 trillion in revenues, is making larger efforts to manage climate change-related risks, according to a new study published December 13 in the journal Science.
A new list from Climate Counts -- a non-profit organization which aims to bring businesses and consumers together to address climate change -- ranked businesses on their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and decrease their carbon footprints.
The 20th century marked the great space race between Russia and the United States for domination in space exploration. Now the 21st century marks a new race: Coca-Cola and PepsiCo competing for leadership on plant-based renewable plastics.
THE other day, I spotted a small flurry of activity just outside my front door. A gecko had died and its body was covered in black ants. Within days, the ants reduced it to a shell of crumbling skin.
The vital connection between economics and a healthy ecosystem is still not understood by mainstream economists and financial theorists – what will it take?
Business and biodiversity haven’t mixed well, historically. The confluence of several significant trends—population growth, natural resource and materials scarcity, ongoing ecosystems services degradation, loss of biodiversity and climate change, among them—has business leaders increasingly focu ...
Singapore, 7 November 2012 - International leaders from business, government and non-governmental organizations gathered in Singapore on Tuesday to launch officially the new TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) for Business Coalition Headquarters, which aims to achieve a shift in ...
SANTIAGO, Oct 25 2012 (IPS) - Investors and corporations have become increasingly concerned over the effects of climate change, which are being felt in vast areas of the planet and have begun to impact on the profitability of their operations.
IKEA, the world's largest furniture retailer, will shift to renewable energy by 2020 and grow more trees than it uses under a plan to safeguard nature that has won support from environmentalists.
The topic of business and biodiversity is progressing all over the world. Different kinds of platforms, initiatives, organizations, and of course governments are striving to integrate the private sector in the implementation of the CBD goals and targets as well as national strategy plans for bio ...
About a dozen companies are contributing to a novel conservation plan that pays Ecuador to protect part of the Amazon rainforest in return for barring oil drilling, the head of the initiative said on Friday.
The Brazilian Initiative on Business and Biodiversity was recently launched during Rio + 20 by the joint efferts from the Confederation of Industries - CNI, the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development CEBDS, LIFE Institute and the Business Movement for Biodiversity - MEB. One of t ...
A side event, highlighting South Africa’s experience regarding the Nagoya protocol, business and biodiversity and trade issues. The event provides the opportunity for the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs to sign the MOU with Vietnam and the People’s Republic of China in the field of ...
Biodiversity conservation activities have been driven until recently by an imperative to manage global public goods associated with biologically rich ecosystems. In the next decade, biodiversity conservation will need to take place in the context of rapid human population growth, increased loca ...
Over 50,000 medicinal and aromatic plants (MAP) species are used globally for health, food and cosmetics, providing an important source of income generation for many national economies and rural communities. At the same time, one-fifth of MAP species are threatened due to over-harvesting and lan ...
Business has an impact on biodiversity in the course of their business operations as they use natural resources for production or consumption of products. The ecosystem is being impoverished by unsustainable activities. Currently there is much concern over the increasing impact of our business a ...
With an economy closely linked to its natural resource based and climate sensitive sectors, India is poised with the challenges of poverty eradication, sustaining the rapid economic growth and dealing with the global threat of climate change, biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation. All bu ...
This event will describe the role of International Finance Institutions (IFIs) and their ability to influence biodiversity management practices of the private sector through the implementation of Environmental and Social Standards and compliance requirements. The main focus will be on the Inter ...
This event will allow delegates to COP 11 to get a better understanding of the Global Partnership, how it interacts with the various national and regional initiatives for business and biodiversity, and the longer term goals of the Partnership.
Biodiversity is a key indicator of sustainable development. Companies rely on many of the ecosystems services which biodiversity provides. Mismanagement of biodiversity by themselves or by others poses a lot of risks to the sustainability of businesses. The way companies respond to these risks a ...
This side event aims to further the discussions on the role of the private sector in biodiversity conservation from CoP 10 to CoP 11. It will bring together Japanese corporations with Indian and international corporations to share the experiences. Presentations will include those from leading In ...
Presentation on implementations of the business sector in Thailand on regarding the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity in accordance with the objectives of Convention on Biological Diversity.
We live in a world transformed by business activities. Companies have prospered by providing products and services to people everywhere, and play a key role in economic development. For nature, however, the price of development and business success has been very high. Demonstrating the economic ...
Publisher pledges to use alternative sources as activist rejoices that 'The Jungle Book will no longer be destroying the jungle'
Business and biodiversity
ScienceDaily (Sep. 23, 2012) — From rubber dinghies to television sets: the emissions of greenhouse gases in countries like China are to a significant extent caused by the production of goods that are exported to Germany or the United States.
Carbon Disclosure Project reports companies acknowledge risk but are not doing enough to cut emissions
JEJU, South Korea, Sep 8 2012 (IPS) - Regulations that stand in the way of conservation programmes lower their likely success, experts warned at the World Conservation Congress of the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Jeju, South Korea.
A few years back, German sporting goods company Vaude decided to reduce the impact of its offices and production sites on biodiversity, but it didn’t know where to start.
6 - 15 September 2012, Jeju, Republic of Korea
Nestlé, the world's largest food company, has added its weight to calls by the UN and development groups for the US and EU to change their biofuel targets because of looming food shortages and price rises.
Findings of research into mechanisms to fund biodiversity have been published in Israel, suggesting that properly evaluated, such mechanisms can generate investor returns - helping protect national biodiversity in the process.
Last week, Apple removed 39 of its computer products from the "powerful" EPEAT registry of green electronics. What does this mean for a tech giant that prides itself on being eco-friendly?
ATISAN, Philippines, Jun 30 2012 (IPS) - The gentle hills on the edge of this remote town are lush with tropical fruit trees that yield fine wines for the Broadchem Corporation and also give the agro company a green label.
The U.K. will require London Stock Exchange-listed companies to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions starting in April 2013, according to the British government. The rule may be extended to all large companies in 2016.
MEXICO CITY, Jun 12, 2012 (IPS) - Business will push for the freeing up of trade in green goods and services, at the upcoming summit of heads of state of the Group of 20 (G20) industrialised and emerging countries in Mexico.