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Working with business

Working with business. Credit: Pippa Howard/FFI.
Written by: Pippa Howard
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Conserving wildlife and wild places alongside economic development is a defining challenge of the 21st century.

Following the alarming global decline in species and habitats, together with the services they provide to people, the international community’s standpoint on business and biodiversity is undergoing an important shift.

Businesses, which rely on everything from fresh water to healthy soils, are recognising that they need to look at the big picture – how their activities are linked to biodiversity and nature’s services – in order to thrive. Conservationists are seeking opportunities to engage with major extractive and agricultural corporations, recognising that the private sector has a central role to play in natural resource management.

Worldwide, innovative collaborations are being forged between diverse players – businesses, financial institutions, governments, intergovernmental organisations, NGOs and local communities – to meet biodiversity challenges head-on.

Many businesses rely on water to operate and may be at risk if watersheds are degraded. Credit: Pippa Howard/FFI.

Many businesses rely on water to operate and may be at risk if watersheds are degraded. Credit: Pippa Howard/FFI.

What Fauna & Flora International is doing

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) works directly with businesses and the influencers of business across a range of sectors to bring about change for the protection of biodiversity in all its forms.

We believe that one of the most effective ways to protect biodiversity and ecosystem services is to work closely with the very businesses that have the potential to pose the greatest harm. We choose to work with businesses that are committed to reducing their impacts on the environment and businesses that are positioning themselves as market leaders.

FFI works with a wide range of stakeholders including businesses, consultants, communities, sector and cross-sector initiatives, governments and NGOs. Credit: Pippa Howard/FFI.

FFI works with a wide range of stakeholders including businesses, consultants, communities, sector and cross-sector initiatives, governments and NGOs. Credit: Pippa Howard/FFI.

Stimulating business action

Through partnership and collaboration we support businesses to manage their dependencies and mitigate their impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems in the landscapes where they operate, and to become local role models who encourage other land users within these landscapes to do the same.

With our help, our business partners are working towards achieving best practice standards for biodiversity and ecosystem management across their operations.

Sectors we work with:
•    Mining, oil & gas
•    Agriculture
•    Cement
•    Finance
•    Cross-sector

FFI supports businesses to mitigate their impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems in the landscapes where they operate. Credit: Jeremy Holden/FFI.

FFI supports businesses to mitigate their impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems in the landscapes where they operate. Credit: Jeremy Holden/FFI.

Influencing sectoral and cross-sector engagement

For many years FFI has actively participated in a number of initiatives that are aimed at improving sector-wide and cross-sector performance.

In addition to the opportunity to influence sector-level policy, these dialogues allow us to share our experience and network with other organisations and companies interested in the continuous improvement of corporate responsibility.

Developing performance indicators

Through our engagement with sectoral and cross-sector initiatives, FFI helps to develop appropriate performance indicators and sector-specific targets. We support the businesses we work with to adhere to the mitigation hierarchy (PDF), implement biodiversity management frameworks to achieve no net loss or net gain of biodiversity (PDF), and to develop and achieve business-specific key performance indicators.

FFI works on-site guiding environmental teams, mine planners and other practitioners in following the mitigation hierarchy. Credit: Pippa Howard/FFI.

FFI works on-site guiding environmental teams, mine planners and other practitioners in following the mitigation hierarchy. Credit: Pippa Howard/FFI.

Developing and implementing strong policy commitments to biodiversity

FFI acts as a sounding board to aid in policy development through the facilitation of workshops, participation in expert advisory groups and brokering of partnerships with key NGOs. We support local and national governments to develop policy and institutional frameworks.

Learn more about FFI’s work with business through our Working with business for conservation brochure (PDF).

Written by
Pippa Howard

Pippa Howard is the Director of the Business & Biodiversity Programme. Pippa has degrees in Environmental Science, Marine Biology, Zoology and Development Management. She is a registered Professional Natural Scientist with over 20 years experience in a variety of spheres of biodiversity conservation, environmental management, impact assessment, development and sustainability. She has worked on projects in the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Ecuador, Alaska, Italy, Brazil, Indonesia, Liberia, Guinea, Chile, Spain, Bulgaria, Sultanate of Oman, Indonesia and Singapore. Pippa directs and is responsible for FFI's initiatives and partnerships with multinational corporations and all corporate affairs. She plays a key role in developing business and biodiversity strategy, business plans and financial management; provides specialist input to cross-sector partnerships and multidisciplinary programmes in biodiversity conservation; is a specialist in extractives sector environmental management, biodiversity risk assessment, action planning and management and biodiversity offsets design, management and implementation. Pippa also sits on a number of sectoral initiatives (BBOP, ICMM, GRI, IPIECA) and biodiversity advisory committees of extractive sector companies (De Beers, Rio Tinto, Nexen, Areva).

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