Welcome to the Business Engagement Programme



Plateforme de l'initiative française pour les entreprises et la biodiversité


The French Platform for Business and Biodiversity brings together all the interested French organizations working on business and biodiversity including “programs” (non-profits, NGOs, think tanks, research organisms, etc.) and public and private organizations. A platform was designed at the end of 2013 in order to organize this network: the French Platform for Business and Biodiversity, dedicated to the presentation of the different actors, the linkage between them, and the highlighting of the best case studies and practices.

Orée, which is the focal point for the French Initiative, is a French non-profit organization created in 1992 which brings together about 150 companies, local authorities, institutions, nonprofit and academic organizations, in order to develop a collaborative reflection on best environmental practices and to implement practical tools for an integrated management of the environment across the territories.

Orée’s activities are reflected in its three priorities: Business and Biodiversity, the Circular Economy, and Environmental Reporting and Labeling. Since the end of the year 2005, Orée has worked on business and biodiversity by leading working groups, conducting doctoral thesis, developing technical tools (guides, position papers, internet platforms, etc.), holding events (conferences, seminars, book presentations, etc.), and taking part in reflection groups at the international, regional, and national levels.

Initiated in early 2006, the working groups bring together some thirty companies, local authorities and non-profit organizations around the issue “How to integrate biodiversity into organizations strategies?” Another working group was recently established in order to conduct a prospective reflection about the dynamics of ecosystems and economic stakeholders, by considering their interactions and possible evolution over a territory.

Contact Information
42 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière
Paris, 75010, France
Tel: +33 (0)1 48 24 04 00
Fax: +33 (0)1 48 24 08 63

Contact Person
Ms. Sylvie Gillet
Director of Development and Biodiversity at ORÉE

Annual Reports
Please see the link below for progress reports on this initiative

Respect Ocean


Created by sailor and scientist Raphaëla le Gouvello, in 2018, RespectOcean is a non-profit organisation that brings together companies committed to sustainable economic development in favour of the protection and preservation of the Ocean, the coasts and their ecosystems/biodiversity. The members of this network provide solutions, innovations and actions to reach these targets. Their ambition is to promote solutions for the preservation of the Ocean in a multi-stakeholder manner, promoting dialogue between solution providers at sea and on land by developing concrete projects and synergies to encourage reflection on the sustainable economy.

The organization's project revolves around the idea that economic development and Ocean protection are reconcilable, as they aim to strengthen the promotion and enhancement of existing initiatives and solutions. Part of RespectOcean's mission is to contribute to the rise of a sustainable economy for the ocean in connection with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Their main objective is to contribute to “Incorporate activities into a logic of sustainable development, in favour of the protection of the Ocean."

RespectOcean is a membership-based organisation: members pay to be part of RespectOcean’s network and to access its services. The organisation is funded by theses membership fees, by the french region Bretagne and by the Les Eoliennes en Mer’s company. The  Marine Biodiversity and Economy  Program has its own funding, supported by the Office français de la biodiversité (French biodiversity office), the Engie foundation, the endowment fund Oceanopolis acts, and two private companies: Groupe Rocher and Ponant.

RespectOcean has a steadily growing community (90 members as of June 2022). To join this network, candidates must respect our commitment charter and complete a questionnaire so that the Board of Directors can measure their impact and the reality of their desire to act. RespectOcean is an inclusive structure, open to all actors committed to the preservation of the Ocean. Our members come from various sectors, ranging from oceanography to freight transport, through the fight against maritime pollution or the protection of marine biodiversity. RespectOcean is governed by a board that is annually selected and composed of representatives of member companies. Claude Fromageot is the present president. A general delegate ensures the life of the association and oversees the network's development strategy. The "Marine biodiversity and economy" Program is supervised by an expert, who is its director, and supported by a committee of experts.

Contact Person
Ms. Hélène Leriche
Marine biodiversity and economy Program Director