Canary Wharf Group Wildlife Photography Competition Finalist - Goldfinch Portrait by Derek Bezuidenhout
Organisations across the business world, large and small, have an impact on biodiversity, some more negatively than others, and some who are striving to protect and enhance biodiversity.
In this section we highlight the need for organisations to play their part in supporting biodiversity and reverse the negative impacts created. Plus, in response to this need for action, we showcase positive case studies to inspire your organisation to join them in making a difference.
Why are we doing this? In short, this campaign was launched in celebration of World Environment Day, which takes place each year on the 5th June and this year was themed around biodiversity.
World Environment Day may have passed, but we know that now is not the time to forget about the biodiversity and the importance it plays in our world and everyday lives.as part of the global theme for World Environment Day 2020. It's still:
- Time For Nature -
Why Organisations Need to Take Action
Why is it important to build awareness of the biodiversity challenge we face? Four Chartered Environmentalists from Canary Wharf Group, Atkins, Siemens and Anglian Water recently gave their thoughts on the need for highlighting biodiversity following the global theme announcement for World Environment Day 2020.
Given the drivers of biodiversity loss, businesses have a key role to play in halting and then reversing the ongoing decline. There are many local, national and international initiatives to engage businesses. The Convention on Biological Diversity
has set up the Global Partnership for Business and Biodiversity, which is working towards greater business engagement on biodiversity-related issues.
The Convention on Biological Diversity state numerous dependencies and impacts on biodiversity by businesses or all kinds. For example:
The profitability of some industries depends directly on the health of ecosystems, for example forestry, fishing, agriculture and ecotourism.
Other sectors have a direct impact on ecosystems and biodiversity through their operations, such as mining, construction and energy.
Still other industries, such as cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, also depend on biological material and genetic resources in the creation and manufacture of their products.
We are on the search for your biodiversity case studies to provide inspiration for others. Showcase the efforts of your organisation to help biodiversity.
To be included in the biodiversity case studies below:
1. Download the biodiversity case study template, here »
2. Fill in the gaps to tell us about your work
3. Return via email to the address provided
4. Keep an eye out for confirmation of publish and share using #30DaysWild and #ForNature
Sign up to #30DaysWild for your business support pack, here »
We have joined forces with the Wildlife Trusts because of the clear links between this biodiversity hub and their #30DaysWild campaign - to get everyone doing one wild thing a day throughout the whole month of June - including businesses! We want to add the voice of the business world to the conversation. The actions of well known, trusted brands playing their part can only encourage wider action to help biodiversity.
The Wildlife Trusts have come up with some fantastic activities and inspiration for all to utilise to address nature challenges, and we wanted to help by getting you and your networks involved.
The #30DaysWild campaign is designed by the Wildlife Trusts to encourage everyone to play there part, which absolutely
includes organisations of all sizes and across all sectors. Not only do we want you to do one wild thing a day throughout June: for your health, well-being and for the planet - we also want you to showcase how your organisation is supporting biodiversity.
Biodiversity Case Studies
Now is the time to find out what organisations of all kinds are doing to help protect and enhance biodiversity in their work. We're talking wilding projects, volunteering initiatives, photography competitions and more:
With current restrictions relating to social distancing, we are aware that volunteering is particularly tricky at the moment. However, numerous charities are still requesting volunteers for future activities.
Volunteering initiatives with links between organisations and charities is a fantastic way to support local biodiversity and nature based projects. Not only will the organisation be doing something good for biodiversity, it will also encourage
teams to get into the outdoors, which is fantastic for their well-being and potentially their physical fitness too.
Linking Environmental Professionals to Organisations
The impact of an organisation as whole can be very damaging for biodiversity. For this reason, they need environmental professionals to support their efforts to reduce this impact.
To find out who they are and what they do, visit the environmental professionals section of our biodiversity hub »
Canary Wharf Group Wildlife Photography Competition Finalist - True Faces by Ina Mladenova