Biodiversity refers to the variety of life on earth including plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms that make up our natural world. The 2021 Global Risk Report from the World Economic Forum reports that biodiversity loss is among the environmental risks that are rapidly increasing.
The main drivers of biodiversity loss are:
- Land use and sea change: e.g. development, agriculture
- Direct exploitation of organisms: e.g. hunting, fishing, logging
- Climate change and severe weather
- Invasive alien species
- Natural system modification
The main drivers of biodiversity loss are all connected to human and business activity.
Why is biodiversity (loss) relevant to companies?
Biodiversity loss is relevant to companies because they directly impact biodiversity by harming the nature through their operations, supply chains or investments.
In addition, nature provides ecosystem services worth at least $125tn per year globally, which businesses benefit from at no extra costs. Those services are for example waste decomposition, climate regulation and flood control. Habitat loss means losing these services, which in turn create extra costs and vulnerability for businesses. Therefore, it is crucial that companies step up their game in preserving bio-diversity.
The relevance of biodiversity for companies can be seen by the increasing focus of new initiatives and regulations on this topic. GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) and EFRAG (the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group) have recently joined forces on the work of new biodiversity standards. Another partnership has been established between CDP and BNP Paribas Asset Management in 2021 to explore and support the development of common biodiversity corporate reporting metrics. Environmental disclosure is critical in driving positive change, because it raises company and investors awareness on habitat risks and creates incentives for companies to reduce their impact on biodiversity loss.
CDP Questionnaire 2022
The CDP questionnaire collects information on measures and management of climate change, water security and deforestation. It is filled out by companies, cities or regions and helps them disclose their environmental impacts. It can help its high scorers to gain competitive advantages over their competitors. In line with the new 2025 strategy, CDP is expanding its work to accelerate the protection and restoration of nature and therefore will put more emphasis on biodiversity in the upcoming questionnaires. There will be questions on the corporate approach to biodiversity, aiming to render global investment decision-making more transparent by including biodiversity data. The new questionnaire for 2022, which soon will be published, will include broad questions around governance, commitments, monitoring and reporting on biodiversity issues.
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