UNITED NATIONS CALL FOR BUSINESSES IN PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT

Businesses worldwide to align in protecting biodiversity 

Business Consultation on the UN CBD Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. Business for Nature is a global coalition bringing together influential organizations and forward-thinking businesses. Together, we demonstrate business action and amplify a powerful business voice calling for governments to reverse nature loss. The coalition brings together over 50 partner organizations, including the World Economic Forum, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the International Chamber of Commerce, WWF, IUCN, and many more international, national and sectoral organizations. We’re inviting businesses and organizations of all sizes, sectors, and geographies to share their views so that together we can ensure an ambitious Framework to reverse nature loss in this decade.

Taking action means doing something with meaningful benefits for the natural world. It’s the right thing to do and makes economic and financial sense. For example you could:

  • Reduce your company’s negative impact on nature;
  • Invest in protecting and restoring nature;
  • Innovate and scale up products and technologies with a lower impact
  • Businesses can take action through specific projects, across their company, through their supply chains or they can act collaboratively within their sector. They can tackle different drivers of nature loss, on land or at sea. Importantly, actions are happening right now.

Businesses need long-term certainty to invest in changing business models. Concrete evidence-based targets informed by science are needed to provide clear direction and ambition for business action to reverse nature loss by 2030. These targets should be relevant and translatable from the global to the local level.

Policy action is required to:

  • Publicly recognize the planetary emergency and commit to both reversing nature loss by 2030 and keeping global warming below 1.5 degree Celsius.
  • Adopt global targets and indicators informed by science to reverse the loss of nature and provide direction for business actions, including to a) significantly reduce production and consumption footprints; b) halt and reverse the loss of habitat and species and restore their resilience; c) conserve ecosystem services and; d) protect natural areas appropriately respecting the rights, practices and wishes of indigenous peoples and local communities.
  • Adopt strong implementation and ratchet mechanisms informed by science to increase action and ambition in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Climate change, nature loss and social inequality need to be solved together to achieve a just transition. Policy coherence and efficient implementation and enforcement at global, national and local levels is needed to create a level playing field that supports business action.

Policy action is required to: Bring the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) into alignment ahead of Rio +30 in coherence with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Pursue an integrated approach to Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and National Action Programs (NAPs) to combat desertification that recognizes the synergies, co-benefits and trade-offs to enable a just transition.

Mainstream nature into all relevant policies, ministries and finance regulators’ mandates, addressing the major direct threats to nature identified by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) (i.e. land/sea use change, direct exploitation of organisms, climate change, pollution, over-exploitation, invasive species, etc.), and stimulating investment and job creation.

Ensure the adoption and effective enforcement of environmental laws and standards, including by providing capacity building to countries worldwide

Climate change, nature loss and social inequality need to be solved together to achieve a just transition. Policy coherence and efficient implementation and enforcement at global, national and local levels is needed to create a level playing field that supports business action.

Policy action is required to:

  • Bring the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) into alignment ahead of Rio +30 in coherence with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • Pursue an integrated approach to Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and National Action Programs (NAPs) to combat desertification that recognizes the synergies, co-benefits and trade-offs to enable a just transition.
  • Mainstream nature into all relevant policies, ministries and finance regulators’ mandates, addressing the major direct threats to nature identified by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) (i.e. land/sea use change, direct exploitation of organisms, climate change, pollution, over-exploitation, invasive species, etc.), and stimulating investment and job creation.
  • Ensure the adoption and effective enforcement of environmental laws and standards, including by providing capacity building to countries worldwide