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'Biodiversity in Good Company' Initiative

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Areas of expertise & Fields of activity:

Sustainable Development:
  • Biodiversity
  • Geographic scope: International
    Country of activity:
  • Japan
  • Brazil
  • Germany
  • Millennium Development Goals:
  • Ensure environmental sustainability
  • Mission statement:
    Year established:
    Year of registration: 2011
    Organizational structure: BACKGROUND OF THE INITIATIVE The 'Biodiversity in Good Company' Initiative is Germany's national Business & Biodiversity Initiative (referred to for example in COP 10 Nagoya decision X/21). In 2008, Germany hosted the 9th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). In recognition of this, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety launched the Initiative with the objective to visibly engage businesses in supporting the Convention. In order to enable the Initiative to implement these objectives, it was funded by the Ministry within the scope of the German chairmanship of the CBD. When government funding was phased out in March 2011, the member companies, paying tribute to the importance of biological diversity, decided to continue and sustain the Initiative on their own and founded a new association in the summer of 2011. It is one of the few initiatives of this kind worldwide and thus serves as a role model for the CBD's efforts to encourage further business alliances. One of the challenges is that members have to pay fees now. CURRENT ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE - membership-based (private sector) - seven-member board (company representatives) - coordination office in Berlin under leadership of Managing Director Carolin Bossmeyer - members sign the Initiative's Leadership Declaration and thus commmit themselves to a process of establishing a biodiversity management structure in their company - ongoing close cooperation with German Federal Environment Ministry, supporting Germany's national strategy on biological diversity - close cooperation with the CBD Secretariat, supporting its efforts to push a global partnership - close connection to the European Commission
    Number and type of members: Membership after the re-launch of the Initiative in 2011 when it became a business-driven and company-run platform is 23 medium-sized and large companies. Association is supposed to grow step by step. Current members: Aleph, Beraca, Bionade, Faber-Castell, ForestFinance, Fujitsu, GIZ, HeidelbergCement , HiPP, KfW, Mars, Mori Building, OekomVerlag, Otto Group, REWE GROUP, Ritter Sport, Saraya, Sumitomo Trust, TUI, UPM, Volkswagen, Weleda, Werner & Mertz
    Affiliation with NGO networks: not constant, project-based
    Funding structure:
  • Membership fees or dues
  • Donations and grants from domestic sources
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