Bringing business and conservation actors together in a convivial café space

Publicado: 28 Agosto 2020
Última edición: 28 Agosto 2020
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Eco-Benin believes that business is a key determinant of the usage of natural resources; in 2018, it created a multi-stakeholder platform to motivate business to address its impacts on nature and people. The CSR Café initiative, a periodic event, offers a space for dialogue with NGOs, businesses, and State actors. NGOs help businesses realise their impacts and dependencies on nature, and stress their responsibilities and need for action. Businesses exchange with NGOs on how the latter can support them, present their successful CSR activities, and make commitments to sustainability. For instance, Eco-Benin discussed marine pollution with the Beninese brewery company, SOBEBRA. CSR Café seeks to become a hub where involved actors can find opportunities, inspiration, and expertise for CSR activities. All stakeholders, including State representatives and the public at times, jointly determine the vision, solutions, and actions for this initiative. Ultimately, this led to the Beninese government adopting the CSR Charter.


África Occidental y Central
Escala de aplicación
Area-wide development
Ecosistema urbano
Acceso y participación en los beneficios
Financiación sostenible
Institucionalización de la biodiversidad
Marco legal y normativo
Salud y bienestar humano
Servicios ecosistémicos
Pérdida de la biodiversidad
Usos conflictivos / impactos acumulativos
Pérdida de ecosistemas
Falta de conciencia del público y de los responsables de la toma de decisiones
Objectivos de Desarrollo Sostenible
ODS 3 - Salud y bienestar
ODS 6 - Agua limpia y saneamiento
ODS 8 - Trabajo decente y crecimiento económico
ODS 11 - Ciudades y comunidades sostenibles
ODS 12 - Producción y consumo responsables
ODS 13 - Acción por el clima
ODS 14 - Vida submarina
ODS 15 - Vida de ecosistemas terrestres
ODS 17 - Alianzas para lograr los objetivos
Metas de Aichi
Meta 1: Aumento de la sensibilization sobre la biodiversidad
Meta 2: Valores de biodiversidad integrados
Meta 4: Producción y consumo sostenibles
Meta 6: Gestión sostenible de los recursos vivos acuáticos
Meta 7: Agricultura, acuicultura y silvicultura
Meta 8: Reducción de la contaminación
Meta 10: Ecosistemas vulnerables al cambio
Meta 14: Los servicios ecosistemicos
Meta 15: Restauración de ecosistemas y resiliencia
Meta 16: Acceso y distribución de los beneficios de los recursos genéticos
Meta 17: Estrategias y planes de acción para la biodiversidad
Meta 19: Intercambio de información y conocimiento
Meta 20: Movilización de recursos de todas las fuentes
Enfoques para el compromiso empresarial
Compromiso directo con una empresa
Indirecto a través del gobierno



Impactos positivos

The platform helps businesses learn new perspectives of socio-environmental issues and how to address them. A mining company’s commercial director said, “Discussing with these NGOs can bring us their expertise and another way of looking at things, since sometimes we focus too much on our work, which does not allow us to take the necessary distance to see the same problems from a different angle.”

After many discussions, the Beninese State has finally adopted a CSR charter, including a self-assessment tool, to incentive business to respect CSR rules, and for NGOs to support them. This has led to the creation of a CSR working group, which includes NGOs, businesses and the public administration, which is currently leading the implementation process of the Benin CSR Charter. 

Being able to discuss obstacles to effective collaboration with all stakeholders helps to dismantle roadblocks, and hold all actors accountable in a safe space.

Finally, through the CSR Café, many companies are motivated and inspired to go beyond the status quo, because they see what others are doing and how it benefits them. These actors that usually do not get along learn to build trust and understand the perspective and needs of the other, in order to participate to the conversation and contribution to combat climate change, the degradation of nature and impacts on communities.

Contribuido por

Gautier Amoussou Éco-Bénin