There are several Business and Biodiversity Initiatives in the Netherlands which are all linked together and work collectively on this issue.
Leaders for Nature
Leaders for Nature is the IUCN NL business engagement network of twenty multinationals and major Dutch enterprises working together on greening the economy. By offering knowledge & training, hands-on project support and inspiration, Leaders for Nature stimulates and facilitates companies to take the lead in this transition and incorporate natural capital in their core business. Since its foundation in 2005, the Leaders for Nature network has connected more than 1,200 professionals from various management levels with other member companies, NGOs, governments and academic institutions, resulting in corporate action plans and joint programs. In 2012, Leaders for Nature launched its second network in India.
The Platform Biodiversity, Ecosystems & Economy (Platform BEE) is a joint initiative of IUCN NL and the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW).
The main aim of Platform BEE is to raise awareness and set an agenda for conservation of ecosystems and biodiversity in the policies and practices of companies. The platform specifically strives to achieve ‘no net loss’, which means that the activities of companies are not detrimental to biodiversity or ecosystems, but instead contribute to restoring and maintaining our natural capital.
To help companies achieve this, Platform BEE has launched the Helpdesk Business & Biodiversity. The helpdesk offers companies free advice on how they can capture opportunities and reduce risks.
In addition, Platform BEE funds pilot projects in which companies, nature organizations and knowledge institutions work together in developing sustainable business processes. Last but not least, the platform advises the Dutch government on policy and international cooperation related to improving the sustainability of the global economy and the supply of raw materials.
Dutch Agro-Water Climate Alliance
The Dutch Agro-Water Climate Alliance unites companies, NGOs and governments to support business cases that counter causes and impacts of climate change.
The Dutch Agro-Water Climate Alliance identifies options and finds resources for business opportunities that help companies to reduce climate change related risks in their value chains. The alliance prioritizes those options that also help reduce underlying causes of climate change and that contribute to adaptation outcomes outside company fence lines. The alliance creates competitive advantages with reputational rewards.
The Dutch Agro-Water Climate Alliance is a flagship project of IUCN NL’s Leaders for Nature program and receives financial support from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 20 301 8267 firstname.lastname@example.org
Head Project Management & Stakeholder Engagement Pieter.Copper@iucn.nl
Please see the link below for progress reports on this initiative 2015