How can environmental regulators support businesses to improve the outcomes of their operations for biodiversity, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises in the food and beverage sector in Europe?
Requesters: Louise Bond & Nicola Melville – Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
Date request received: 28/10/2016
Call for Knowledge: March-April 2017
Call for Experts: September-October 2017
Date of first meeting with requesters and EKLIPSE KCB and methods experts: 02/02/2017
Expected deadline for deliverables: final deliverables are due 30/10/2018
Biodiversity loss induced by human activity and a rapid related decline in essential resources for human nutrition and well-being is one of the largest challenges facing us today. While businesses are increasingly aware of their dependencies on biodiversity and ecosystem services, practical approaches allowing companies to understand and manage their impacts on natural capital across their supply chains are lacking.
This request will focus on small and medium-sized enterprises, as these have been identified as potentially benefitting most from support in understanding, selecting, and implementing mandatory and voluntary approaches to enhance environmental sustainability, as these have not been sufficiently addressed thus far.
Business Expert Working Group
The Expert Working Group (EWG) gathers 8 European experts with a broad range of expertise and EU-wide geographical representation. Two members have stepped back from their engagement in the expert working group and will be soon replaced.
The co-chairs of this group are:
• Delphine Gibassier (Senior Research Fellow, Birmingham Business School, Lloyds Centre for Responsible Business)
• Janina Grabs (Research Associate, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster)
The other members of the expert working group are:
• Vincenza Ferrara (Farmer, Azienza Agricola “DORA” di Vincenza Ferrara)
• Stefan Hörmann (Head of Unit, Global Natura Fund)
• Aled Jones (Director and Professor, Anglia Ruskin University)
• Stefano Targetti (Senior Researcher, Czech University of Life Sciences and University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences of Vienna)
• Lisa Biber-Freudenberger (Center for Development Research, bonn University)
• Jane Glover, University of Birmingham
• Helene Le Teno, Fermes d'Avenir Network
More information about the business EWG can be found here.