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:
- 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
- Provide a mechanism for third-party recognition of organisations’ biodiversity management
- Give employees the capacity to undertake biodiversity-related actions at home, and in their communities outside work
- Enable employees to gain the health and wellbeing benefits associated with green space/biodiversity activities
- Foster links between environmental organisations, business and the community
The Charter helps businesses implement biodiversity initiatives, and provides third party recognition of achievement.
The Charter is awarded at four levels according to the progress of participating companies: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Each level has a range of requirements (both compulsory and optional depending on the level). The following sections set out the requirements of the Charter in more detail.