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Who we are

Business for Nature is a global coalition calling for action to reverse nature loss and restore the planet’s vital natural systems.

World leaders have an opportunity in 2020 to forge an international agreement to reverse nature loss similar to the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.

Together we will bring a united business voice to these vital international negotiations to help deliver the result we need for nature and people.

Who we are

Business for Nature is a global coalition calling for action to reverse nature loss and restore the planet’s vital natural systems.

World leaders have an opportunity in 2020 to forge an international agreement to reverse nature loss similar to the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.

Together we will bring a united business voice to these vital international negotiations to help deliver the result we need for nature and people.

We believe that a strong business voice is critical to drive the change needed at the international level.

Nature loss is threatening our economies – urgent actions and collaboration are needed

Comprehensive scientific assessments are telling us that we are losing nature at a rate that is pushing the planet towards dangerous tipping points. Over the last 50 years, wildlife populations have declined by 60%, and scientists warn that we have entered a 6th mass extinction of life on earth. This massive loss of nature is degrading the natural systems that underpin our thriving societies and prosperous economies, and the rate of degradation is accelerating.

The World Economic Forum, in its 2019 Global Risk Report, identified environmental risks as among the greatest systemic risks to our global economy, both in terms of impact and likelihood. According to the report, only nuclear war would be more destructive.

Natural disasters caused by ecosystem degradation and climate change already cost more than $300 billion per year, while our natural world provides environmental services to our economy worth over $125 trillion annually.

Forward-thinking businesses understand that they depend on a healthy natural world and a better understanding of these connections can lead to significant benefits for society and nature, alongside the creation of business value.

2020 is a unique opportunity for businesses to call on governments to adopt policies to level the playing field to incentivise the wider business community to act and enable a global transformation.

A Nature Crisis

Our planet is under ever-increasing pressure, wildlife is disappearing, sea and landscapes are degraded and the resources on which sustainable development relies are becoming scarce.

average decline of 60% of wildlife population sizes.

pressure on land use generates habitat loss

Nature loss is expected to undermine progress towards 80% of the assessed targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Nature underpins human prosperity …

Nature underpins our prosperity and wellbeing. Protecting the fragile balance of the natural world and life on Earth is therefore not only an environmental concern, it is an economic, development, security, cultural, societal and moral imperative.

The protection of nature is also an ethical issue. The degradation of the natural world disproportionately harms the poorest people on the planet, further exacerbating an already inequitable world.

Nature has incredible economic value

It underpins all economic activity

 

Nature is central to development

Healthy ecosystems provide food, water and energy security, support livelihoods, and provide economic opportunities for communities

Nature provides security

The degradation of nature and the loss of access to resources, especially in poorer and developing countries, can be a driver of conflict and mass migration

… is essential for prosperous businesses …

Business impacts on nature are well-known and often visible, but the fundamental dependence of business on healthy natural systems is often less well understood.

Business rely on nature for:

  • The resources they use such as food, fiber, minerals and building material
  • Securing a steady flow of ecosystem services, such as pollination of crops, water filtration, waste decomposition, carbon sequestration and climate regulation worth around $125 trillion dollars annually
  • Healthy and prosperous societies in which to operate

Because of this dependency, nature loss and climate change are the greatest systemic risks to our global economy.

These risks include risks to operations; supply chain continuity, predictability and resilience; liability risks; and regulatory, reputational, market and financial risks.

… and creates significant opportunities

$2 trillion in opportunities in food and land system transformation alone

The Business and Sustainable Development Comission’s Better Business Better World Report identified around

$22.6 trillion opportunity for water infrastructure by 2050

OECD Environment policy paper No 11, 2018

THE OCEAN ECONOMY ESTIMATED TO BE WORTH $2.5 TRILLION PER ANNUM*

* in terms of economic benefits.
It is increasingly attracting investors and policy makers as a new source of opportunity, resources, and prosperity.

WWF Revining the Ocean Economy report, 2015

These include long-term viability of business models; cost savings and increases in operational efficiency; increased market shares; new business models, markets, products and services; sustainable access to raw materials/supply chains and better relationships with stakeholders.

How can business deliver for Nature?

When business acts to protect and restore nature, companies, communities and economies all benefit.

In the coming months, Business for Nature will work with its community to establish an action platform that will help companies identify the solutions that need to be implemented to achieve their commitments.

Business can already start delivering for nature by:

  • Working through their own operations and value chains to identify, reduce and avoid impacts, while also identifying dependencies, nature-based solutions and other opportunities that create benefits for nature and people;
  • Leading landscape level collaboration in landscapes, river basins and seascapes to ensure ecosystem conservation and restoration, and the supply of ecosystem services delivered by nature to society and the economy;
  • Implementing systemic change to organizations and business models by identifying impacts and dependencies on natural capital, and taking nature into account when making decisions, disclosing and reporting; and
  • Recommending and promoting policy changes to governments to establish the policy frameworks needed to drive economic changes as scale.

Companies are demonstrating their commitments to nature

Business leaders recognise that nature is vital to ensure a healthy economy, healthy communities and a healthy planet. Taking action to be nature positive is a driver of innovation and business resilience. Many businesses are already fulfilling cross-cutting commitments to reduce their contribution to the drivers of nature loss.

Business for Nature is working to identify key commitments that companies could take and to help companies understand how they can engage. In the meantime, to illustrate some of the commitments business have already made, we share some examples below*.

Nature commitment platforms

Land commitments Fresh water commitments Ocean commitments

Endorse the New York Forest Declaration

Remove commodity-driven deforestation from all supply chains by 2020

Join CSA100 to set a climate smart agriculture commitment

Sign up to the AgWater Challenge

Improve water security with the Business Alliance for Water and Climate

Commit to a New Plastic Economy through the Global Commitment

CROSS CUTTING COMMITMENTS

Commit to the The Cancun business and biodiversity pledge
Make a commitment on biodiversity through Act4nature
Apply the Natural Capital Protocol to make a natural capital assessment to improve decisions; publish a case study to share learnings.
Join the CE100 circular economy initiative
Engage in climate change actions through the We Mean Business coalition

Learn more about how your company can prepare to set Science Based Targets for Nature

* Business for Nature mentions these examples of platforms without claiming any association or that the list is exhaustive. In the coming months we aim to refne the commitment framework and work directly with interested platforms.

Land commitments
Endorse the New York Forest Declaration
Remove commodity-driven deforestation from all supply chains by 2020
Join CSA100 to set a climate smart agriculture commitment
Fresh water commitments
Sign up to the AgWater Challenge
Improve water security with the Business Alliance for Water and Climate
Ocean commitments
Commit to a New Plastic Economy through the Global Commitment

CROSS CUTTING COMMITMENTS

Commit to the The Cancun business and biodiversity pledge
Make a commitment on biodiversity through Act4nature
Apply the Natural Capital Protocol to make a natural capital assessment to improve decisions; publish a case study to share learnings.
Join the CE100 circular economy initiative
Engage in climate change actions through the We Mean Business coalition

* The Business for Nature Coalition mentions these examples of platforms without claiming any association or that the list is exhaustive. In the coming months we aim to refne the commitment framework and work directly with interested platforms.

World leaders – Businesses need you to act.

In 2020, world leaders will have a unique opportunity to address the defining global challenges of our time – nature loss and climate change – and accelerate the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

<small>Business for Nature calls on governments to adopt <strong>a new deal for nature and people</strong> in 2020 and to adopt <strong>policies to change the rules of the economic game</strong> to ensure a future in which people and nature thrive together.</small><strong>The 2020 agreements should result in:</strong>

1. Agreed ambitious science-based targets to halt the loss of nature by 2030, for the benefit of people and their livelihoods, delivered through clear and coherent policies that ensure that:

  • Natural areas are protected, restored and connected for the benefit of nature and people.
  • Productive ecosystems and landscapes are managed within the limits of science-based planetary boundaries, and in such a way as to enhance nature and secure livelihoods.
  • Man-made environments are re-diversified and re-natured and high-intensity activities such as urban, industrial and infrastructure development are prioritized in those areas to avoid transforming other landscapes.

2. Improved economic and financial systems through coherent incentive mechanisms and regulation to promote decisions that reward the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of nature.

To constructively contribute to the political debate and bring the forward-thinking businesses’ perspective to the policy changes needed to address the nature crisis, Business for Nature will develop detailed policy recommendations. This will be released in the coming months.

Who is the Business for Nature coalition?

The Business for Nature coalition is composed of a community of actors that includes:

COALITION PARTNERS

A diverse and powerful group of organizations and networks that initiated the coalition.

SUPPORTIVE BUSINESSES

Businesses with credible commitments to reduce environmental impacts that have joined the coalition’s efforts to drive greater government action on nature.

What will the Business for Nature coalition do?

Business for Nature will create a business movement to help reverse the loss of nature by 2030, and restore the planet’s vital systems by:

COMMUNICATE

CONVENE A UNITED BUSINESS VOICE

DEMONSTRATE BUSINESS AMBITION

SHOWCASE BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

Join us

If you are a business that shares the objective of Business for Nature and have, or are, ready to take ambitious action to restore nature, you are encouraged to join our community.

Business for Nature is an inclusive initiative, if you are an organisation sharing Business for Nature’s ambition, please contact us to join the coalition.

For more information on how to join the Business for Nature community, please contact Maelle Pelisson at maelle.pelisson@businessfornature.org or contact@businessfornature.org.

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