Supporting External Initiatives
Supporting biodiversity related initiatives and organisations is
an important and efficient way in which to promote biodiversity
and contribute towards positive biodiversity impacts. By supporting
conservation initiatives a company can not only make a significant
contribution towards these programmes, but gain access to new networks
and information. Many companies will donate funds in order to help
raise their profiles and build good relations with their stakeholders.
In addition to committing funding, there are many other opportunities
to help conservation work. These include:
• supplying resources such as office facilities, vehicles
• building capacity of the conservation organisations through
offering training, for instance in financial or project management;
• providing in-kind support or assistance such as administration
• supporting employee engagement
• delivering on activities in work programmes of biodiversity
Some organisations, such as Earthwatch’s Corporate
Environmental Responsibility Group (CERG), Industry
Nature Conservation Association (INCA) and many of the Wildlife
Trusts have membership schemes designed specifically for the business
sector. A list of conservation based organisations is provided on
the Organisations page.
In the UK, companies may contribute to the UK Biodiversity Action
Plan at either the local or national level by sponsoring a particular
Species or Habitat Action Plan or supporting a Local Biodiversity
Partnership. Companies can become "Species or Habitat Champions"
sponsoring species or habitats by contacting the lead partners who
are listed on the UK
BAP web site. Companies can also become directly involved on
a local level by contacting and even joining a Biodiversity Partnership
in their area.
Alternatively, companies can support specific projects or activities
– such as research into conservation issues, redevelopment
of a habitat or management of a reserve.
Supporting Biodiversity Initiatives can form the basis of long
term partnerships, such as the British
American Tobacco Biodiversity Partnership (BATBP) where business
and conservation organisations come together to contribute towards
meeting the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity
(CBD) while enhancing their own abilities to conserve and manage
Photo Credit: April Harlin/ Earthwatch