Bringing business and conservation actors together in a convivial café space

Eco-Benin
Publié: 28 août 2020
Dernière modification: 28 août 2020
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Résumé

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.

Classifications

Région
Afrique occidentale et centrale
Échelle de la mise en œuvre
National
Ecosystème
Area-wide development
Écosystème urbain
Thème
Accès et partage des avantages
Cadre juridique et politique
Financement durable
L'intégration de la biodiversité
Santé et bien-être humain
Services écosystèmiques
Challenges
Perte de biodiversité
Utilisations conflictuelles / impacts cumulatifs
Perte de l'écosystème
Manque de sensibilisation du public et des décideurs
Objectifs de Développement Durable
ODD 3 - Bonne santé et bien-être
ODD 6 - Eau propre et assainissement
ODD 8 - Travail décent er croissance économique
ODD 11 - Villes et communautés durables
ODD 12 - Consommation et production responsables
ODD 13 - Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
ODD 14 - Vie aquatique
ODD 15 - Vie terrestre
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 6: Gestion durable des ressources vivantes aquatiques
Objectif 7: Agriculture, aquaculture et sylviculture durable
Objectif 8: Pollution réduite
Objectif 10: Ecosystèmes vulnérables au changement climatique
Objectif 14: Services des écosystèmes
Objectif 15: Restauration et la résilience des écosystèmes
Objectif 16: Accès et le partage des avantages tirés des ressources génétiques
Objectif 17: Stratégies de la biodiversité et des plans d'action
Objectif 19: Partage de l'information et de la connaissance
Objectif 20: Mobiliser toutes les ressources disponibles
Approches pour l’engagement des entreprises
Engagement direct avec une entreprise
Indirect à travers des gouvernements

Emplacement

Benin

Les impacts positifs

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.

Contribué par

Gautier Amoussou Éco-Bénin