Biodiversity is
a business matter.

Check out, whether it pays you to ignore it.

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What is biodiversity?

“Biological diversity” means the variability among living organisms from all sources including, inter alia, terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems.

Biodiversity is one of the basic elements of the natural capital which is subject to special protection under the EU and the international law. It remains in mutual relationship with other elements of the natural capital as: water, soil, air, natural resources.

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See primary documents
relating to biodiversity:

The Convention on biological diversity, 5 June 1992, Rio de Janeiro

7th EU Environmental Programme

The EU strategy on biodiversity protection until 2020

EU Regulations

National strategic documents

The Birds Directive and the Habitat Directive and the remainig directives
supporting the natural capital and biodiveristy protection

National legislation

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The idea for the
business. Global dimension

All sectors of the economy depend on the state of biodiversity, and almost all of them affect it. Many industries and companies have recognised the loss of biodiversity as fundamental threat to the sustainability of their activities, and financial institutions base companies risk assessments on the businesses’ impact on biodiversity.

Check selected international initiatives, which deal with the adjustment of business sectors to legal requirements regarding biodiversity:

Mining
CSBI
Oil&Gas
CSBI
Metal
CSBI
Financial
Equator Principles
Chemical
SUSCHEM
Chemical
RESPONSIBLE CARE
Chemical
GLOBAL PRODUCT STRATEGY
Chemical
SAICM
Food
MSC
Food
RSPO
Food
BONSUCRO
Timber
FSC
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The European and
the international initiative

Biodiversity was recognised by the EU institutions and international organisations as a business issue. Around the world emerged organisations and initiatives supporting entrepreneurs in the implementation of a new business model taking into account the state of biodiversity. The Polish Business and Biodiversity Platform offers support to Polish entrepreneurs.

Strategy
Promoting business models based on the integration of ecosystem services and biodiversity aspect into business strategies

Mission
To support, promote, encourage and integrate businesses for the effective implementation of national strategies and international or EU programmes for the protection of biodiversity.

Vision
Biodiversity, integrated with business. This means that entrepreneurs in their business operations, consciously and sustainably use ecosystems services. This translates directly to ensuring a stable and profitable business through the proper use of natural resources and the maintenance of biodiversity.

About The Foundation

The Foundation promotes and fosters business models based on the integration of ecosystem services and biodiversity aspect into business strategies.

The Foundation focuses on the Polish Business and Biodiversity Platform – a cooperation platform supporting entrepreneurs in Poland, who share a vision of doing business in a sustainable manner, taking into account biodiversity and ecosystem services.

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PatronagesIn 2015 the Polish Business and Biodiversity Platform was granted the honorary patronage of the Minister of the Environment and was supported by the General Director for Environmental Protection.

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International Co-operationThe Polish Business and Biodiversity Platform is a Global Partner of the Business and Biodiversity Initiative within the structures of the International Convention on biological diversity (United Nations).

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The Polish Business and Biodiversity Platform is an official member of the EU Business and Biodiversity Platform.

The First Polish Business
and Biodiversity Forum

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Founders

The Polish Foundation Business for Biodiversity was founded by lawyers with a long and extensive professional experience in advising entrepreneurs on many aspects of their commercial activity including environmental law as well as various types of transactions and investment projects.

Joanna Daniłowicz

President

jdanilowicz@pfbb.pl

Aneta Pacek-Łopalewska

Vice President

apacek-lopalewska@pfbb.pl
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