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CBD Business and Biodiversity Forum 2015

11 - 12 November 2015, Helsinki, Finland

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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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