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'Business can be a global force for good,' Bans says as General Assembly honours UN Global Compact

The business community and the private sector can make a difference as United Nations Member States are in the process of formulating a new sustainability agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday said at the General Assembly, which was meeting to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the UN ...

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'Let business find climate solutions'

The private sector should be allowed to develop innovative solutions to combat climate change, with governments playing an enabling role, according to Caio Koch-Weser, Chairman of the European Climate Foundation.

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'Sea change' in clothing industry means more protections for forests

Sateri has become the latest major viscose producer to adopt a new wood- and pulp-sourcing policy aimed at removing deforestation from its supply chain.

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2 small companies recognized for tropical forest-friendly approaches

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.


2011 Business and Industry Global Dialogue (UNEP DTIE)

11 - 12 April 2011, Paris, France

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2020 Sustainable Cocoa Pledges “Tall Order”

It may be hard for chocolate makers to guarantee that their entire supply comes from a sustainable source by the 2020 target many of them have set, according to a sustainable sourcing auditing firm has told Confectionery News.

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COP 12

3D views on the rice paddy fields for wild biodiversity conservation - science, policy and business

Rice paddy fields are important habitat for wild species. Three speakers from different sectors(scientific society, government organization and business) will report on practical approaches to conserve biodiversity in rice paddy fields. <p></p> Programme <br> 13:15 Greetings <br> 13:20 Presentat ...

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8 'biodiversity-friendly' products from PH forests

Who knew you could help save a threatened Philippine long-tailed macaque, a rare primate found only in the Philippines, by buying a purse? Biodiversity-friendly businesses, like the purse-selling handicraft enterprise in Palawan, are helping in the conservation of critical habitats all over the ...

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85% of Brazilian leather goes to markets sensitive to environmental concerns

Around 40% of beef and 85% of leather production serve markets that are potentially sensitive to environmental concerns, providing a partial explantation as to why Brazilian producers have made recent commitments to reducing deforestation for cattle production, finds a new study published in Tro ...

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A Fifth of Global Investing Considered “Sustainable”, Industry Reports

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.

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COP 10


In 2008, MAFF started to recommend the utilization of a voluntary eco-label called the “living creature mark”. It applies to agriculture, forestry and marine products produced by the measures which conserve local living creatures. (e.g. rice with oriental white stork mark.). These brands may hel ...

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APP boosting timber productivity to support zero deforestation policy

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) appears to have enough plantation fiber to operate existing mills as well as supply a new mill under construction in South Sumatra without having to pulp natural forests, argues a new report that also finds the forestry giant is successfully improving yields to support it ...

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APP calls to collaborate to protect Indonesia’s forests

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) launched its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) Anniversary Report with a call for NGOs, Governments and businesses to work together in an effort to help tackle deforestation in Indonesia.

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APP denies breaking logging promise after WWF allegations

Asia Pulp & Paper has announced that it has not breached its deforestation policy following WWF allegations

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APP, environmentalists talk future of Indonesia's forests

These issues were recently discussed at an event marking the one-year anniversary of APP's forest conservation policy.

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Africa: NGO Harnesses the Power of Africa's Private Sector to Advance Conservation's Bottom Line

African Wildlife Foundation announces new Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action to scale up investment in Africa for the benefit of people and wildlife

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After Indonesian paper giant commits to no deforestation, pressure mounts on its biggest competitor

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.

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Amore Pacific beefs up research on biodiversity

Amore Pacific, Korea's biggest cosmetics maker, has provided strong support to an area that is unfamiliar to many ㅡ biodiversity.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook on climate change: No trade-off between economy and environment

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage in New York to discuss sustainability, climate change and what his company is doing to make the world a greener place.

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Apple Working With WWF China to Manage Sustainable Forests

Apple Inc. and the World Wildlife Fund will work together to manage as many as 1 million acres of forests across China as Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook arrives in Beijing to announce new environmental initiatives.

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Archer Daniels Midland to demand suppliers stop chopping down forests

Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (NYSE:ADM) will establish a zero deforestation policy for its global commodity supply chains, potentially forcing its soy, palm oil, and cattle suppliers to also eliminate deforestation from their operations or face losing business with the firm.

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Are changes to EU environmental legislation better for biodiversity or for business?

Policy Exchange's Katherine Drayson reveals how a little noticed change to the EU's Environmental Impact Assessment regime could deliver significant green benefits without hampering businesses

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Asia Pulp and Paper and L'Oreal beef up forest protection

Exactly one year since Indonesia's largest pulp and paper company switched off the bulldozers and agreed to halt deforestation, the firm has warned that its efforts could be in vain unless there are similar steps from its competitors and the country's government.

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At Davos Forum, Ban again urges business sector to help tackle climate change

24 January 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon kept up the drumbeat for business to play its full part in tackling climate change and promoting sustainable development for a second day today, telling the World Economic Forum in Davos that investments now will generate major savings for tomorrow.

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B&Q and Wickes to pull pesticide products linked to bee decline

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.


Biodiversity & Ecosystem Finance

27 - 28 March 2008, New York City, United States of America

Press Release

Biodiversity Awareness Keeps Rising among Consumers and Business

Paris/Montreal 5 May 2011. Biodiversity awareness has risen again among consumers and business, according to the latest edition of the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) Biodiversity Barometer launched in Paris today.

Side Event
COP 12

Biodiversity and Business

Biodiversity and Business: economic value for companies


Biodiversity and Ecosystem Finance. The Need for Patient Capital to Bring Biodiversity & Ecosystem Finance into the Mainstream

25 - 26 November 2008, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Side Event
COP 10

Biodiversity conservation in tropical forests

1) Debate on the ITTO/IUCN Guidelines for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in tropical timber production forests. 2) Report on the ITTO/IUCN/CBD Conference on Biodiversity Conservation in Transboundary Tropical Forests (Quito, Ecuador)

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Biodiversity contributes to economy - Molewa

The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, says the benefits derived from biodiversity or ecosystem services are estimated at R73bn, contributing to 7% of South Africa's GDP per annum.

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Biodiversity offsets to the fore as blue chips call for focus on natural capital

The business reality is that change will happen,' warns major new report urging government to embrace the concept of ecosystem markets.

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Biodiversity tax on industries surprising: Confederation of Indian Industry

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) said on Tuesday that Madhya Pradesh government did not consult it before levying the 2 % biodiversity tax on industries of the state.

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Biofuels and biodiversity: tackling the real issues

The evidence from many parts of the world shows how the push for biofuels and biomass for energy is having serious, often irreversible impacts on indigenous peoples, local communities and biodiversity. Furthermore biofuels incur a carbon debt at a time when we should sharply reduce emissions and ...

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Brainstorming session on Business and Biodiversity

A two-day informal brainstorming session was held at CBD Secretariat in Montreal on 14-15 September 2009 with a view to advancing the decisions VIII/17 and IX/26 of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on engagement with the private sector.

Side Event
COP 10

Brazilian Biodiversity and Business Action

By presenting some case studies on how Brazilian companies are responding to the CBD, the side event aims at disseminating good practices in Brazil regarding the relationship between business, society and biodiversity. We believe that the business sector needs to become a bigger part of the solu ...

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Brazilian soy industry extends deforestation moratorium

Soy traders and producers in the Brazilian Amazon agreed to extend a moratorium on soybeans produced in recently deforested areas for another year, reports Greenpeace.

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British companies call on David Cameron to take stronger climate action

Eighty British companies, including two of the big six energy companies and high street names including John Lewis and Tesco, have called on David Cameron to take stronger action on climate change both at home and abroad.

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Bunge commits to zero deforestation palm oil

Agribusiness giant Bunge has joined the growing ranks of companies that have established zero deforestation policies for their palm oil supply chains.


Business & Biodiversity Conference

11 June 2008, Montreal, Canada

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Business and Biodiversity

Recent reports have highlighted the fact that researchers have identified 139 new species in Southeast Asia's Greater Mekong region, including 90 plants, 23 reptiles, 16 amphibians, 9 fish and one mammal.


Business and Biodiversity Guide

Reference: SCBD/OES/AD/ar/72636 (2010-137)
To: All CBD Focal Points

I am pleased to inform you that the guidelines on Business and Biodiversity prepared by Germany in its capacity as COP 9 president is now available at the following address http://www.bmu.de/english/current_press_releases/pm/46135.php.

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COP 11

Business and Biodiversity in Thailand

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.

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COP 11

Business and Biodiversity in Transition: 'Biodiversity in Good Company' as an example for creating business initiatives

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 ...

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COP 10

Business and Biodiversity: Country Perspectives and Approaches

A selection of countries will show-case their Business and Biodioversity-related activities and share both challenges and lessons learned. This will be an excellent opportunity to understand the current state of play for mainstreaming biodiversity, to develop networks and to facilitate partnerships.

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COP 11

Business and Biodiversity: Valuing Ecosystems Services

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 ...

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