The Canadian Business and Biodiversity Council (CBBC) is a nationally incorporated non-profit body engaging all Canadian business sectors along with governments and key advisors. The activities of the CBBC are guided and directed by a Board of Directors consisting primarily of business representatives, but also including representatives of environmental, governmental and academic organizations.
Objectives of the CBBC
- To sustain business success through sustaining our resource base
- To improve understanding of biodiversity and the business case for biodiversity conservation
- To use this knowledge in corporate plans and policies
- To show leadership in reducing biodiversity loss
- To facilitate business declarations of commitment to biodiversity conservation
The objectives will be accomplished through networking across all Canadian business sectors and sharing intelligence on conservation, providing leading edge guidance, showcasing best practices & related lessons, working with key stakeholders and hosting a business community of declared support for biodiversity conservation.
Advantages of CBBC Membership
- Show Canadian business leadership
- Deliver on Corporate Social Responsibility
- Influence your policy environment
- Make conservation cost-effective
- Gain credit for good results
- Build trust with regulators, financiers, consumers and community organisations
- Improve corporate credibility
Membership Services of the CBBC
- Biodiversity conservation guidance and tools designed to assist Canadian businesses of all sizes and sectors in developing and implementing biodiversity conservation policies, strategies, plans and programs.
- Public visibility as a member of a business organization dedicated to biodiversity conservation and in the company of other like-minded businesses. Such visibility would be via the CBBC web site as well as in CBBC publications and relevant public events with a CBBC presence.
- Compilations of case studies of best practices and related lessons in conservation, by and for Canadian businesses operating both domestically and internationally. These will be published and distributed broadly, on a periodic basis.
- Management of a collaborative business-related interface with Canadian governments, potential partners, NGO's, universities and appropriate international organizations, to keep abreast of emerging directions and, where appropriate, engage in new developments and dialogues in policy and regulation related to biodiversity.
- Presentations to businesses, business associations and other institutions and events, both in Canada and abroad, on CBBC outputs and activities and to promote member interests, opportunities and accomplishments in biodiversity conservation and sustainable resource management.
- Periodic workshops on specific topics of special interest to members. Such topics could include valuing ecosystem goods and services, biodiversity offsets, ecological footprints, performance indicators, monitoring and reporting practices as well as a range of other topics of emerging interest identified by the membership.
- An annual conference, in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting, to provide face-to-face networking opportunities and discussion of new directions in biodiversity planning and management.
- Frequent, ongoing information searches for national and global cutting-edge practices, concepts and tools in biodiversity conservation, including analysis for Canadian relevance and practicality and so inform members.
- Informing members of beneficial opportunities to engage in biodiversity-related events and activities, both in Canada and internationally.
- Web site, with both public and member-only features, dedicated to member interests in biodiversity conservation and ecologically sustainable business operations.
- Hosting the Canadian Business Leadership Declaration. The highlighted text should be a link to the declaration.
CBBC member businesses will be expected to confirm their intentions regarding conservation by signing onto a Canadian Business and Biodiversity Leadership Declaration, prior to the end of their first year of membership. The purpose of the declaration is to enable members to become identified as one of those Canadian businesses demonstrating support for the goals of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and for Canada's own related biodiversity objectives. This membership commitment will essentially confirm the willingness of an enterprise to integrate biodiversity considerations into its business objectives. The basic, initial declaration is general in nature and intended to set the stage for subsequent, more detailed, voluntary commitments to biodiversity conservation and ecological sustainability.
Membership Categories and Annual Fees for 2012
All generic services covered by membership fees are cross-or multi-sectorial. Any special services, for specific members or groups of members, would be on the basis of available capacity and fee-for-service.
CBBC membership is divided into several categories and levels based on the type and size of the member organization. Business membership fees are based on the number of Canadian employees regardless of where the employees work. Fees are Cdn ($), annual and based on the calendar year. Members joining part-way through the year will have their initial fees pro-rated.
- Less than 10 Employees
- 10 to 50 Employees
- 50 to 100 Employees
- 100 to 300 Employees
- 300 to 500 Employees
- More than 500 Employees
- Environmental Non-Government