About Us

Overview

Society depends on the economy and the economy depends on society. In more recent years a critical link has been identified between society, the economy and the natural environment. Many business leaders are recognizing that to remain competitive, especially in challenging economic times, biodiversity issues must be factored into their operations. In addition, the public are becoming increasingly aware of the impact their daily lifestyle choices are having on the natural environment both directly and indirectly through issues such as climate change. Because biodiversity is not an infinite resource, business leaders need to factor biodiversity management into their corporate planning at a level equal to the social, economic and other business issues they face on a daily basis.

The Canadian Business and Biodiversity Council was initiated from recommendations by both government and industry leaders who participated in a Montreal Business and Biodiversity Conference in 2008. The Council aims to help Canada achieve its biodiversity conservation objectives by assisting Canadian businesses that are prepared to show leadership in biodiversity conservation through managing their facilities and activities in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner. Opportunities to demonstrate that leadership to a broad audience will arise over the next ten years, the UN Decade on Biodiversity 2011 - 2020.

United Nations Decade on Biodiversity

The world is now on a path to building a future of living in harmony with nature. The United Nations Decade on Biodiversity will serve to support the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, including the Aichi Targets as the basis for halting and eventually reversing the loss of biodiversity, and promote its overall vision of living in harmony with nature.