In an increasingly globalised world, there are significant opportunities for us to encourage strategic engagements and sponsorships with companies that can provide vital support to our conservation programmes and projects. However, each of our potential corporate partners must meet a rigorous and detailed due diligence process to ensure that our respective goals are aligned and that the risks of the partnership do not compromise BirdLife’s mission, vision and reputation or that the risks outweigh the potential benefits to biodiversity. Read more about How BirdLife and Business Work Together
How BirdLife and Business Work Together
Companies are increasingly recognising the opportunities a sustainable approach to environmental stewardship can play in delivering their business objectives and are turning to us for expert advice on how to develop their own strategies to improve performance and manage risk in this arena.
Risk identification and environmental assessment
Many businesses wish to understand and address the environmental sensitivities and significance of the areas where they are working or exploring, particularly with respect to biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Indicators and monitoring
To measure and manage the impact of business activities on biodiversity, reliable, comprehensive data and identification and use of appropriate indicators are crucial.
Achieving best practice in the mitigation of biodiversity impacts will often involve a process of stakeholder engagement where solutions can be informed and enhanced through a process of consultation and interaction with local communities, NGOs and relevant institutions and interest groups.
Applying the Mitigation Hierarchy
For many business activities, it is possible to avoid, minimise or mitigate impacts, and restore habitats through appropriate planning and use of appropriate rehabilitation methods. It may then be viable to offset residual negative biodiversity impacts through the identification of an appropriate biodiversity offset - this discipline is known as the Mitigation Hierarchy.
Download a new report on strengthening the implementation of the mitigation hierarchy (June, 2015)