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April 2015 issue of the National Biodiversity and Business Network (NBBN)
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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..
We need to understand business if we
are to convince them of the need to mainstream biodiversity into their
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.
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
We need to incentivise a long term
planning framework for business which includes sustainability outcome
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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