In this issue

·         Ongoing highlights from the 2015 National Biodiversity and Business Indaba

·         National event and news

·         International event and news

 

 

Other News

The presentations from the National Biodiversity and Business Indaba are available for download here.

Detailed proceedings of the 2015 National Biodiversity and Business Indaba will soon be available for download. Watch this space!

Please find attached to this email an entry form for the Mail & Guardian Greening Awards for 2015, deadline is 30th April 2015.

 

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For further information on the NBBN or related activities please contact:

Shelley Lizzio
Manager: National Biodiversity and Business Network
Endangered Wildlife Trust
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Email:
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Welcome to the April 2015 issue of the National Biodiversity and Business Network (NBBN) newsletter

To distribute any biodiversity and business relevant information to the network in the next newsletter, please forward the information to myself (shelleyl@ewt.org.za) before 27 April 2015.

Ongoing Highlights from the 2015 National Biodiversity and Business Indaba

 

DAY 1: Five key points from Sue Lund’s keynote address

Sue Lund, General Manager: Public Policy and Sustainability at Transnet presenting the keynote address on day 1 of the Indaba..

 

1.     We need to understand business if we are to convince them of the need to mainstream biodiversity into their activities.

2.     Sustainability needs to become a part of the DNA of a company. It is not good enough to have a separate unit which deals with sustainability issues.

3.     To change a company’s DNA sustainability needs to be mainstreamed into the suite of existing management tools that companies use, such as risk management, audit and assurance, compliance, human resources management, information management systems, procurement, project management, ethics, culture, reputation and stakeholders relations.

4.     We need to incentivise a long term planning framework for business which includes sustainability outcome criteria.

5.     Ms Lund challenged businesses to work with government and NGOs to design plans that will build the ecosystem value of the areas in which they work, where these overlap with high biodiversity value areas.

National event and news

 

 

Discourse on environmental issues has been highjacked - Sustainability is not about being ‘green’. It encompasses economic, environmental and social conditions and with regulatory requirements comes the opportunity to improve risk management, reduce energy and water costs, enhance brand reputation, drive innovation and discover economic opportunities. To read this article published by Melissa Baird on BIZCOMMUNITY.COM, click here.

Entries are now open for the Eco-Logic Awards 2015 which recognise South Africa’s environmental champions and reward outstanding achievements. This year a new category will be included: Business Green. Entries close 31 July 2015. For more information click here.

SAIMM: Mining, Environment and Society Conference: Beyond Sustainability - Building Resilience 12-13 May 2015, Mintek, Randburg. For further information please contact Conference Co-ordinator, Yolanda Ramokgadi on +27 11 834-1273/7 or email Yolanda@saimm.co.za or visit their website: www.saimm.co.za.

 

International event and news

Organisers of the second World Forum on Natural Capital, which will take place in Edinburgh, United Kingdom on 23 – 24 November 2015, have issued a call for case studies that demonstrate how putting natural capital at the heart of decision-making can benefit the bottom line, as well as the natural environment. The closing date is Friday, 29 May 2015. For more information click here.

Commercial agriculture and forestry could have a net positive impact on biodiversity – IUCN report entitled ‘No Net Loss and Net Positive Impact: Approaches for Biodiversity’. A new IUCN study examines how commercial agriculture and forestry production could reduce global biodiversity loss by applying innovative approaches already used by some companies in the extractive and infrastructure industries. To read more click here.

 

 

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