Business and Biodiversity
There is a two-way relationship between businesses and ecosystems. Businesses depend on the goods and services ecosystems provide. Global change affecting the flow of these natural resources poses a business risk. On the other hand, companies have an impact on ecosystems, including resource use, pollution, waste production etc. The negative environmental impact can influence the company’s reputation. However, biodiversity is not only a risk but also an opportunity. CEEweb supports forward-looking companies in setting clear corporate biodiversity goals, which offer better outcomes for environment and business risk management. Read on to learn about what we have been doing with business recently.
Leading companies are aware that “business as usual” has not an option in the longer term. Investors and customers want companies to address social and environmental concerns. Businesses recognize that developing strategies to meet these needs would also contribute to their sustainability and competitiveness. At the same time, many professional NGOs see that they can achieve widespread and long lasting change by harnessing this power of the market. In order to be more effective, companies and NGOs are finding ways to work together. These partnerships, if designed and executed properly, can achieve remarkable business and environmental results—and inspire the next generation for successful cooperation.
Establishing partnerships, however, is a complex and sensitive process due to different viewpoints. While in Western Europe, the exchange between nature conservation NGOs and the private sector has a long history; civil society in the Visegrad countries has no significant experience in this field. This project initiated discussion to create ownership and real interest in working together for biodiversity conservation in the region.
Gaining Profit while Conserving Nature: Guidelines for cooperation of businesses and NGOs in the Visegrad countries developed throughout multi-stakeholder consultations aims to enhance business – NGO partnerships through analyzing their complexity, spreading well-working case studies as well as providing practical tips for implementation.
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Online database for partner search
Within this programme we have also established an online database, where parties open for cooperation can easily find their partners for future activities. This system currently contains data form 150 organizations both form the for and nonprofit sectors. In case, you would like to work with NGOs/businesses, we would be happy to share the details of your organization in the online database. Check out your future partner here!
Events in 2014:
- Annual EU Business and Biodiversity Conference, November, Brussels
CEEweb presented its CEE expericence on how to enhance cooperation between the corporate and the NGO sectors. Read more>>
- 2nd International Conference “Making a difference. CSR Trends II”, november, Lodz, Poland
CEEweb prganized a workshop for the conference participants on how to enhance cooperation between the corporate and the NGO sectors. Read more>>
- Events with CEEweb poster or stand
- Workshop on resource efficiency, June, Budapest
CEEweb organised a side event on resource efficiency in the framework of the 2014 edition of Green Week, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy. The event held in Budapest, Európa Pont brought together experts from different sectors (European Union, businesses, NGOs) to address the resource challenges we face and share and showcase good practices. The workshop was opened by Tamás Szűcs, Head of the European Commission Representation in Hungary and Veronika Kiss, CEEweb for Biodiversity and was attended by 53 people. Read more>>
Events in 2013
- Kick-off meeting:
The project kick-off meeting took place 18th July, where participants identified the main activities and task dissemination.
- Workshop on ‘Enhancing cooperation between the for-profit and the non-profit sectors in the Visegrád countries for the benefit of all
This workshop brought together app. 20 businesses and green non-governmental organizations from Hungary, Germany, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic. The event dedicated one block for thought-inspiring lectures on sharing experience in establishing partnerships from Western European, NGO and business point of view. This block was followed by an interactive session, where participants had a chance to express their needs and provide their views on how this type of cooperation can be enhanced considering regional opportunities and conditions as well as potential emerging obstacles.
- Conference on Preserving Europe’s Ecosystems and Natural Capital – Tools and Processes in Theory and Practice
Mapping and assessing ecosystem services (MAES), restoring ecosystems and various mechanisms such as Biodiversity Offsetting and the No Net Loss Initiative (NNL) are high on the policy agenda now, addressing the fact that most of Europe’s ecosystems are assessed to be degraded, what has a significant impact on business operation too. The Conference brought together public officers, policy makers, non-governmental organizations and players from the academic world to share and discuss experience and inspire new ways of thinking for a more efficient preservation of our natural capital in Central and Eastern Europe in light of the most recent EU initiatives.
Communication and PR
- Press release: Issuing guidelines for business and NGO cooperation English, Hungarian
- Press release: A workshop on cooperation between businesses and non-profit sector English, Hungarian
- Press release: Why is it the very high time to enhance cooperation between the non-profit and the for-profit sector in the Visegrad countries? English
- Newsletter articles:
- During the fall of 2013, the project brochure including interim results as well as future activities was presented at the City Hungary Conference, the Hungarian Sustainable Development Summit as well as at the CSR Hungary Conference.
- Press release: Gaining Profit while Conserving Nature: Guidelines for cooperation of businesses and NGOs in the Visegrad countries English, Hungarian
- Issue #1 – sent out 28 July 2014
- Issue #2 – sent out 11 September 2014
- Issue #3 – sent out 3 November 2014
If your company or NGO is interested to contribute to the enhancement of mutlisectoral cooperation, please contact Sarolta Tripolszky project coordinator.
BROZ was established as a civic organization (non-profit, non-governmental organization) in Bratislava in 1997. It is active in conservation, enhancement and restoration of biodiversity, promotion of sound regional planning and sustainable development at regional and local level and environmental education. BROZ is operating mainly in the region of south-western Slovakia as well as in other parts of the country (e.g. Biele Karpaty Mts.).
Furter information: www.broz.sk
Academic Section of Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society in Krakow (AS of PTTK in Krakow) is a non-profit organization with over 50 years of experience in promotion of active tourism, nature protection and countryside studies. The organization associates mainly students and academic staff in Krakow who run library with Centre for Regional Tourist Studies and Protected Areas Tourist Information Centre, organize educational events, seminars and courses for mountain guides and manage a mountain hut and 3 camping sites in the summertime. AS of PTTK cooperates with several international organizations in mobility and sustainable toruism development projects. Further information: http://oakrakow.pttk.pl/j/index.php?lang=english
The mission of DAPHNE CZ – Institute of Applied Ecology, a Czech non-governmental non-profit organization, is to contribute to nature conservation and regardful management of landscape through both scientific research and practical conservational measures. This mission is fulfilled by a team of experts realizing projects and studies in the following areas: 1. support of thoughtful agricultural management; 2. applied research in nature conservation and landscape protection; 3. support of implementation of European legislation in the Czech Republic; water protection. Further information: www.daphne.cz
The mission of ZO ČSOP Veronica is to support environment-friendly attitudes towards nature, landscape and their natural and cultural values. The task of the Centre Veronica Hostětín established in 2006 is to demonstrate by means of practical examples, realized projects and results of their monitoring that the attitude towards nature, local resources and traditions in line with considerate management can economically stabilize the countryside and solve unemployment even in rather remote areas. Further information: www.veronica.cz
The Global Nature Fund (GNF) is an international foundation for the protection of environment and nature. The independent non-profit foundation implements projects aiming at conservation of nature and biodiversity, energy and climate, sustainable development and environmental education. Since its creation in 1998, GNF has been seeking alliances with private sector partners such as Daimler, Kaercher, OSRAM or GLS Bank supporting its project work. The European Business and Biodiversity Campaign has been one of the key activities of GNF. The Biodiversity Check is one the major tools in this campaign providing a first overview on a company’s relation to biodiversity. The Check highlights options to integrate biodiversity in the corporate (environmental) management systems. So far 30 companies in Europe have implemented the check. Further information: www.globalnature.org and www.business-biodiversity.eu
The project is generously supported by the International Visegrad Fund and the European Commission