Strengthening business involvement for biodiversity through a working group built on trust and collaboration

Publié: 25 juin 2020
Dernière modification: 25 juin 2020
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In June 2009, the IUCN French Committee created a multi-stakeholder working group called “Business and Biodiversity” that brings together French IUCN Members and IUCN experts with the business partners of the French IUCN Committee from different sectors (energy, waste and water, cosmetics and aggregates) to find better solutions for biodiversity. This working group contributes to the development of studies and tools on different subjects such as creating and enhancing awareness among employees on biodiversity issues, corporate reporting on biodiversity, and invasive alien species management on production sites and headquarters.


Europe de l’Ouest et du Sud
Échelle de la mise en œuvre
Area-wide development
Buildings and facilities
Connective infrastructure, networks and corridors
Espaces verts (parcs, jardins, forêt urbaine)
Piscine, lac, étang
Zone humide urbain
Écosystème urbain
Écosystèmes d'eau douce
Cadre juridique et politique
Distribution d'eau et gestion des ressources en eau
L'intégration de la biodiversité
Sensibilisation et communications
Standards/ certification
Perte de biodiversité
Manque d'accès au financement à long terme
Manque de sensibilisation du public et des décideurs
Objectifs de Développement Durable
ODD 9 - Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
ODD 12 - Consommation et production responsables
ODD 17 - Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
Obectifs d'Aichi
Objectif 1: Sensibilisation accrue de la biodiversité
Objectif 2: Valeurs de la biodiversité intégrées
Objectif 4: Production et consommation durables
Objectif 5: Perte d'habitat réduite de moitié ou diminuée
Objectif 9: Espèces exotiques envahissantes évitées et contrôlées
Objectif 17: Stratégies de la biodiversité et des plans d'action
Approches pour l’engagement des entreprises
Engagement direct avec une entreprise
Engagement direct avec des associations
Indirect à travers des gouvernements


Paris, France


While the private sector is increasingly putting in place practices to reduce its impacts on biodiversity and restore ecosystems, it is important to support them to ensure and reinforce the efficiency of their strategies and actions. Therefore, an open space of dialogue is needed between different stakeholders to share views, discuss and identify the best solutions for biodiversity.


The working group brings together IUCN members (NGOs and representatives of the French governement), IUCN experts and the French Committee's business partners (EDF, Engie, Storengy, Veolia, Primagaz, L'Occitane, HeidelbergCement France and Eqiom).

Comment les blocs constitutifs interagissent-ils entre eux dans la solution?

The IUCN French Committee organizes and brings together the members of the working group several times a year, thus creating a space of dialogue between its participants. These meetings are an opportunity for each member (state representatives, NGOs, companies) to share their opinions, ideas, skills on biodiversity issues. 

The synergies emerging from these exchanges favor efficient changes towards common objectives. They can result in publications of studies and tools for a better consideration of biodiversity by the private sector. 

Les impacts positifs

This working group brings together diverse stakeholders and produces materials. This way of working, based upon cooperation and collaboration allows the stakeholders to build efficient and operational solutions. It fastens the integration of biodiversity issues in business strategies and actions. It also enables each party to understand the reality of others: the hurdles, the goals, the effective leverages and the resources. 

The outcomes of its reflections are widely shared to spread solutions, tools, and studies to reduce the impacts on biodiversity. 

So far, the working group released 6 publications which were widely shared. The latest 3 are:

  • Corporate biodiversity reporting and indicators: situation analysis and recommendations

  • Raising awareness and mobilizing employees for biodiversity  

  • Invasive alien species on business sites

Contribué par

Florence Clap IUCN French Committee

Soumise par

French IUCN Committee
French IUCN Committee