Biodiversity – The Business Case for Nature

Biodiversity is the whole variety of all living things on earth, from habitats where our plants and animals live, to individual plants, animals and fungi. It includes not only rare and threatened species but also those more commonly seen. Biodiversity can be found almost everywhere, from ancient oak woodland to coastal sand dunes and our rich marine environment.Biological diversity, or “biodiversity”, defines life as we know it. It is the variety and variability of life on Earth.

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From the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink, to protection from floods and droughts, to directly economically-relevant issues such as the provision of raw materials (for agriculture, medicine, cosmetics, etc.), or pollination and pest control services, biodiversity encompasses and affects virtually all the natural day-to-day processes that we take for granted.

The resilience of the natural systems (called ecosystems) upon which we, and every other living organism, depend is directly related to the health of their biodiversity.

Business and Biodiversity Charter

Business in the Community in partnership with Ulster Wildlife provides the Business and Biodiversity Charter – a framework for businesses to engage with biodiversity.

The Charter is based around a staged approach, and is applicable to all organisations from micro-businesses to large facilities owned by multi-national companies. In order to successfully determine an organisation’s level of achievement within the Charter, participants will need to demonstrate how they meet each level – Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

The aims of the Biodiversity Charter are to:

  1. Provide a framework for organisations of all sizes to address their impact on biodiversity, not only in terms of land-holding management but also in relation to their activities, products and services
  2. Provide a mechanism for third party recognition of organisations’ biodiversity management
  3. Give employees the capacity to undertake biodiversity-related actions at home, and in their communities outside work
  4. Enable employees to gain the health and wellbeing benefits associated with green space/biodiversity activities
  5. Foster links between environmental organisations, business and the community

The Charter helps businesses implement biodiversity initiatives, and provides third party recognition of achievement.

For further details and costs about the Charter, please email Ian Nuttall.