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TripAdvisor bans ticket sales to wild animal attractions

Travel website TripAdvisor, and its booking service Viator, will no longer sell tickets to tourism experiences that allow petting or touching of wild animals, the company announced on October 12.


Invitation to disseminate the “Business and Biodiversity Pledge”

Reference: SCBD/MCO/AF/ML/KB/85997 (2016-119)
To: CBD National Focal Points and relevant organizations

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Global brands’ beef is putting South America’s tropical forests at risk: report

The beef purchasing policies of global name-brand companies are failing to protect South America’s tropical forests from destruction, according to a new report.

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How a Social Investment Fund Strives to Preserve Brazil’s Forests

Brazil’s forests have long been the foundation of the country’s culture, dating back to indigenous cultures long before the Portuguese arrived.

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US companies pledged to fight climate change, but are they, really?

Some of the largest US companies, including Verizon and Google, pledged their support for President Obama's climate policies. A recent study, however, reveals that what those companies do with their political money sends the opposite message.

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Corporates Pledge To Reduce Impacts At World Water Week, But How?

30 August 2016 | It’s been almost ten years since the Coca-Cola Company vowed to “safely return to communities and nature an amount of water equal to what we use in our finished beverages and their production,” with a deadline of 2020 for doing so.

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The secret life of a corporate responsibility director: I point businesses towards their moral compass

My full email signature reminds me that I am a corporate social responsibility director. Don’t know what it means? Me neither. But Googling various definitions of the constituent words of my job title tends to sees me through to until 09.12am each morning. I’ll work it out, eventually.

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Companies Could Make Money by Helping Consumers Go Green

Few companies provide information about the environmental impacts of different products they sell, even though many could do so quite easily. And if they did, according to a study published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they might even reduce their own costs.

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Responsible drinking - Is the global wine industry really embracing sustainability?

The wine sector is severely threatened by the impacts of climate change, but is it doing enough to prevent them? Like many other agricultural crops such as coffee and cocoa, scientists have long feared the impact rising global temperatures will have on the grapes that deliver that most importan ...

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John D. Liu On Regenerative Ecology And Naturalized Economies

If we say that money comes from ecological function instead from extraction, manufacturing buying and selling, then we have a system in which all human efforts go toward restoring, protecting and preserving ecological function. That is what we need to mitigate and adapt to climate change, to ens ...

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Climate Change and Sustainable Investing: How Investors Can Make a Difference

Many proponents of sustainable investment strategies argue that traditional fossil fuel companies will be in structural decline in coming decades, challenged by governmental and consumer actions to limit the impact of oil, gas and coal on the environment.

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Amazon, eBay involved in illegal wildlife trade: Indian government

On Monday, India’s environment minister Anil Madhav Dave accused 106 e-commerce sites of selling rare animals and wildlife products online.

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New paper aims to put biodiversity at the heart of business

Nature needs to be put at the heart of natural capital – that's the conclusion from a new report published today by a partnership of leading conservation and research organisations.

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SEMARNAT, PROFEPA, and Aeromexico Work Together to Spread Information about Biodiversity in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, July 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mexico's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), through the Federal Attorney General's Office for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA), signed an addendum for increased cooperation through the Collaboration Agreement it signed with the ...

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Cement company may have caused extinction of 3 snail species

Snails are being blown to extinction. And cement companies are to blame.

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Drink beer, help the ocean?

Beer may have a bad rep among carb-fearing ab-chiseling fitness fans, but it could now be better for the environment than it was before. Well, at least the new kind packaged using edible six-pack rings from south Florida’s Saltwater Brewery.

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Making Sustainability Part of the Corporate DNA

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 25 2016 (IPS) - Companies, governments and non-profit actors agree that economic growth and sustainable development have to go hand in hand to shape our increasingly globalised world in a fair way.

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Cathay Pacific bans shipments of shark fin amid pressure from conservation groups

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific, and its sister airline Dragon Air, have announced an immediate ban on the carriage of shark fin on all of their flights.

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Biodiversity firm awarded for sharing 2% benefits

RAIPUR: A biodiversity firm, with its central India headquarters at Durg district in Chhattisgarh, has won the biodiversity award 2016 in the category of access and benefit sharing for paying benefits of upto 2% of its sales to Madhya Pradesh's State Biodiversity Board.

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McDonald's fish: Row over sustainability 'cover-up'

A leaked New Zealand government memo casts serious doubts on the sustainability of fish that are widely used in McDonald's restaurants.

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Small businesses in Asia can help forests and economies grow, new report shows

Small and medium-sized Asian businesses specializing in forest and ecosystem services can play a key role in reducing deforestation in the region, according to a new study.

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Brazilian soy industry extends moratorium on deforestation indefinitely

The Brazilian soy industry has indefinitely extended a landmark moratorium on rainforest clearing for soybean production.

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UK supermarkets back call to cut yellowfin tuna catches by 20%

Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, M&S, Morrisons and Co-op join major seafood brands and WWF in campaign to stop Indian Ocean fish stocks collapsing

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Biodiversity safeguards mooted in Sri Lanka building contracts

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s private sector is considering ways to introduce safeguards in construction contracts to protect the island’s rich biodiversity, which is threatened as economic growth gathers pace amid a building boom.

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Stop Spain's strawberry growers sucking key wetland dry, say supermarkets

A consortium of high-profile supermarkets and food companies is demanding urgent action to stop unsustainable water usage among Spanish strawberry growers.

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Major British seafood brands linked to fishing in fragile Arctic area

Greenpeace finds suppliers of cod to Birds Eye, Findus and Young’s are using controversial bottom trawlers in the northern Barents Sea

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Body Shop's new formula for making money while protecting the planet

BARCELONA – Beauty brand The Body Shop is turning 40 next month and has set an ambitious goal of being “the world’s most ethical and truly sustainable global business”.

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Davos Leaders Pick The 10 Most Heinous And Likeliest Global Risks

On the eve of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the organizers of the power summit make it a practice to warn their members–and all of us non-elites–of everything that can go wrong and is going wrong in the world. It’s a long list.

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APP to work with 500 villages to combat deforestation

The world’s largest pulp and paper supplier, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), will establish an up to $10 million program to support the economic development of 500 villages in and around its supply chain in Indonesia.

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Are corporates coming on board to tackle climate change?

The 2015 climate summit in Paris was considered a qualified success by many. Even then, it was essentially an agreement between governments. To make real change will mean a change of lifestyle, and that will require massive changes in the way we consume.

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Suggestions on how Montreal can reduce its carbon footprint

The island metropolis of 1.9 million people is among thousands that have promised to reduce its carbon emissions for the good of the planet. Their commitment is crucial, as it’s estimated the world’s densely populated cities consume two-thirds of the energy produced on the planet, and are respon ...


Natural Capital Protocol and Sector Guides: Launch of Consultation Process

Reference: SCBD/MPO/AF/DS/DI/85246 (2015-148)
To: CBD National Focal Points

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Michael Bloomberg to head global taskforce on climate change

Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor, is to head a new global taskforce aimed at highlighting the financial exposure of companies to the risk of climate change.

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Ahead of UN conference, Reykjavik and businesses sign declaration on climate change

19 November 2015 – Ahead of the UN climate change conference starting on 30 November, a declaration on climate issues has been signed in Iceland by the city of Reykjavik and more than one hundred businesses and institutions, all pledging to take active measures to cut global warming by reducing ...

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Nestlé executive: ‘We are all facing risks of having supply challenges’

SPECIAL REPORT / Climate change is confronting the European food sector with an unprecedented risk related to supplies of agricultural raw materials, warns Pascal Gréverath.

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Raising the Bar on Corporate Sustainability Reporting to Meet Ecological Challenges Globally

Paris, 12 November 2015 - Companies are failing to accurately reflect the scale and extent of their environmental impacts, a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has found.

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UPM showcases its biodiversity initiatives in Helsinki

UPM is participating in the CBD Business and Biodiversity Forum 2015 from 11 to 12 November in Helsinki


CBD Business and Biodiversity Forum 2015

11 - 12 November 2015, Helsinki, Finland

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Renowned beer brewer says it's a victim of climate change

BRUSSELS -- One of the most renowned Belgian beer brewers said Friday it is a victim of climate change because increasingly high temperatures have shortened the brewing season by about a month compared with the 1950s.

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Here's a new tissue that could help wipe out deforestation

Singapore luxury retail group FJ Benjamin-owned firm unveils a sustainable fibre tissue brand that guarantees no forests were burned for its production.

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Big palm oil's pledge to preserve forests vexes Indonesia

The Indonesian government is asking major palm oil companies to row back on the historic “no deforestation” pledges they made at last year’s United Nations climate change summit, officials and company sources say.

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New report aims to show companies how they can actually achieve zero deforestation in their supply chains

News of another company or country adopting some kind of policy on deforestation is so common these days it’s safe to say that awareness of the need to conserve what’s left of the world’s tropical rainforests has probably never been more prevalent.

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Global Companies Joining Climate Change Efforts

Some of the world’s most prominent companies are expected to set a long-term target on Wednesday of powering their operations entirely with renewable energy, the latest in a wave of commitments suggesting that corporations are becoming more serious about battling global warming.


Upcoming Regional and Global Business and Biodiversity Events

Reference: SCBD/MPO/AF/DS/DI/84993 (2015-104)
To: CBD National Focal Points

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UPS halts shark fin shipments

Sandy Springs-based UPS has stopped accepting shipments of shark fins, following criticism of the practice.

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Paris and the climate talks: business’ shortest route to success

WBCSD's Peter Bakker says a growing number of businesses are stepping up to tackle climate change

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How sustainable and ethical is your seafood? New report ranks U.S. supermarkets

Year-round, supermarket refrigerators, freezers, and shelves are stocked with bountiful supplies of affordable fish, but at what price to the environment and human wellbeing?

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Companies Pledge $140 Billion Toward Resolving Climate Change

The White House has organized an initiative to demonstrate the private sector’s commitment to combating climate change. The result: a total of $140 billion in new funds from more than a dozen leading U.S. companies. The effort was the latest in a series of actions taken by the White House on cli ...

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Enhancing resilience to climate change in southeast Asia

Leading Japanese insurance company Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Group joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to enhance the resilience of 30,000 small-scale farmers in southeast Asia by 2025 through its weather index insurance.

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Tropical protection

After years of talk, the palm-oil industry is looking into adopting environmental standards. Such rules must be strong, and need to be implemented.

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Companies To Invest $140 Billion To Fight Climate Change

More than a dozen leading U.S. companies have committed to investing a total of $140 billion in new funds to combat climate change in a White House-organized effort meant to demonstrate the private sector’s commitment to the issue, the White House announced Monday.

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Zero deforestation in the supply chain - new approaches

A recent series of zero deforestation promises by palm oil and consumer giants is great news for the campaigners who have worked tirelessly to push towards explicit policies – but now the real work of cleaning up the supply chain begins.

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Business innovation: the leaders committed to sustainable development

Seven initiatives from private enterprise for sustainable development that are genuinely inspiring. There are so many companies making sustainable business promises that it’s hard to keep up and harder still to know which ones are really make a difference.

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Selfridges bans plastic water bottles in oceans conservation initiative

Move will affect 400,000 single-use bottles a year in food halls and restaurants, in effort to cut plastic waste and raise awareness of threat it poses to oceans Selfridges is to rid its stores of all single-use plastic water bottles as part of a campaign to reduce pollution of the oceans.

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IBM's big-data army mobilizes to guard our freshwater

If you just spent the long weekend lazing near a lake or river, pause for a moment and let this statistic wash over: These sources account for barely 0.3 percent of the earth’s fresh water. The rest is trapped in glaciers or underground. It isn’t just the oceans that require a whole lot more hum ...

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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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'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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Top canned tuna brands rank worst in destructive fishing practices

Starkist, Bumblebee, and the kitchily named Chicken of the Sea are among the most familiar brands of canned tuna on grocery store shelves.

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France's Ecology Minister Segolene Royal apologizes for Nutella boycott claim

France's Ecology Minister Segolene Royal has apologized for telling people not to eat the Italian Nutella chocolate and nut spread. She had claimed it contributed to deforestation and climate change.

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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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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.

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Unlikely 'champion' in battle for Indonesia's forests

The firm, April, controls a million hectares of forests in Indonesia, and has now said it will allocate nearly half of it for conservation. The environmental group Greenpeace, which has previously been a fierce critic of the company, now called it a "champion" and vowed to closely monitor the im ...

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One of world's largest paper companies ends forest destruction in Indonesia

Jakarta: One of the world's largest manufacturers of pulp and paper in Indonesia has announced it will immediately stop logging in all natural forests.

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UN agriculture agency and IKEA join forces for sustainable forest management

3 June 2015 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has teamed up with big-box retailer IKEA to launch a new initiative aimed at promoting the sustainable management of forest plantations and empowering forest-reliant communities in Viet Nam.

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New Ben And Jerry's Flavor Fights Climate Change

With the Paris Climate summit beginning in December, Ben & Jerry’s is launching a campaign to raise awareness for climate change and promote transitions to clean energy.

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Business leaders prepare for limited UN climate deal in Paris

Private sector could help close the expected shortfall in emissions reductions necessary to stop 2C of global warming warming, suggests Unilever CEO Paul Polman at climate and business summit in Paris

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Climate Change: Some Companies Reject ‘Business as Usual’

PARIS, May 21 2015 (IPS) - When it comes to climate change, business as usual is simply “not an option”.

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Global businesses must lead the way on climate action

Green investments increasingly offer opportunites for growth and employment and businesses are well-placed to take the lead at this week’s Business and Climate summit in Paris

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Emirates Airlines Bans Hunting Trophies of Lions, Rhinos

The world’s biggest international carrier joins South African Airways in banning transport of trophies of exotic wildlife such as elephants and rhinos.

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Zero deforestation commitments bearing fruit in the Amazon

A high profile pledge by the world's largest meat company to limit deforestation for cattle production in the Amazon appears to be working, resulting in a dramatic increase in compliance with environmental registries and reduced forest clearing among supplier ranches, finds a comprehensive study ...

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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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Indian fabric giant adopts forest policy

One of the world's largest fabric makers for the fashion industry today announced a policy to exclude fiber produced at the expense of endangered forests, reports Canopy, an environmental group that helped broker the commitment.

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Ghana’s bicycle which is creating jobs while it saves the soil

Six years ago, Bernice Dapaah decided to forge an unconventional path into employment. About to graduate with a business administration degree but facing a bleak job market in Ghana, she joined forces with a handful of engineering students to create an innovative product from an abundant crop: b ...

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To sustain climate adaptation, integrate it with local economies: experts

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - To make development efforts more sustainable, businesses need incentives to invest in community-level climate change adaptation programs – but resistance to creating those incentives is still strong, climate change specialists said this week in Nairobi.

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Lowe's to eliminate pesticides that hurt crop pollinating honeybees

(Reuters) - Home improvement chain Lowe's Cos Inc will stop selling a type of pesticide suspected of causing a decline in honeybee populations needed to pollinate key American crops, following a few U.S. retailers who have taken similar steps last year.

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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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Subsidies to industries that cause deforestation worth 100 times more than aid to prevent it

Brazil and Indonesia paid over $40bn in subsidies to industries that drive rainforest destruction between 2009 and 2012 - compared to $346m in conservation aid they received to protect forests, according to new research

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With new policy, 3M drops controversial forestry certification label

3M has announced a new sustainability policy that will reduce the impact of its fiber-sourcing practices on forests and wildlife.

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Businesses Must Step Up to Support Biodiversity — And It’s Simple

In addition to Valentine’s Day, the month of February also commemorates the birthday of an important biology researcher of the modern era: Charles Darwin.

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Fight climate change, make money

(CNN)—Though the public rarely notices, businesses succeed because of their planning.

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Climate change looms as major threat to key B.C. industries

Forestry, fisheries, tourism and agriculture will be among the hardest hit, say B.C.-based researchers

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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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Sustainability and the bottom line: the issues most likely to pay – or cost – companies big money

In a new report, investment research firm Sustainalytics predicts the top corporate sustainability stories unfolding now When it comes to corporate sustainability, what really matters? It’s a tough question to answer, especially as the diversity and complexity of issues under the umbrella of “su ...

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President Aquino asks private sector to invest in biodiversity-friendly ventures

MANILA - President Benigno Aquino III is seeking more private investments that aren't just income-generating but also use the country's natural resources in a sustainable manner.

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Would you buy a 'biodiversity-friendly' product?

The government hopes to enforce a certification scheme that will tell consumers if products conserve biodiversity and promote the welfare of indigenous peoples

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UK supermarkets failing to stock enough sustainable fish, says report

Sainsbury’s offers the most with 163 certified products, but despite rising consumer demand Tesco stocked 18, Morrisons eight and Lidl just seven sustainable seafood products

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Despite Threat, Few CEOs Say Climate Change Should Be Government Focus

Only a fraction of CEOs worldwide say governments should make combating climate change a top priority, a survey released Tuesday indicates.

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Engaging with oil companies on climate change is futile, admits leading UK environmentalist

After years working on sustainability projects with BP and Shell, Jonathon Porritt says he came to the conclusion it was ‘impossible’ for today’s oil and gas companies to adapt to the need to exit fossil fuels

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How to protect biodiversity for the cost of a cup of coffee

Targeting conservation efforts to safeguard biodiversity, rather than focusing on charismatic species, could make current spending on threatened birds four times more effective, a new study has shown.

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South African Brewer Tackles Climate Change

JOHANNESBURG— Governments failed to come to a breakthrough agreement at last week's climate summit in Peru. But South African mega-brewer SAB Miller sent delegates to the talks, and says it is one of many private companies taking their own steps to fight climate change.

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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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LVMH the first private company to join the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Biodiversity Research

PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--LVMH has joined the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité (FRB)) in France. This foundation for scientific cooperation aims to promote national, European and international research on biodiversit ...

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Business can save ecosystems and support economic development

Business has long been seen as a barrier to the sustainable use of natural resources but the example of Virunga National Park proves otherwise

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Kell: 'Climate change is bad for business'

One thousand companies as well as investment powerhouses such as BlackRock and BT Pension and the Rockefeller and Rothschild funds are pushing for a global carbon deal. UN Global Compact founder Georg Kell tells DW why.

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The Business Case for Ending Deforestation

About 90 percent of companies see opportunities in shifting to sustainably sourcing key forest-risk commodities, according to a CDP report that makes the business case for ridding supply chains of deforestation.

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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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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.

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