Take a Stand With Your Life on Land #SDG15 – [GSC 17/17, Week 15]

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The Global Challenge
People need nature to thrive. Deforestation – which takes place around the world at a rate of 13 million hectares per year – is due largely to commercial agriculture. The loss of forest also causes loss of biodiversity, leading to low crop productivity and value, in a vicious cycle. At the same time, deforestation drives climate change. Where drought and desertification degrades land, 20 million tons of grains could have been grown each year. These interlocking causes and effects are the focus of SDG 15: Life on Land.
Your Business Opportunity
Businesses can begin working on SDG 15 by finding out how suppliers source materials. (Here are lists of key products to avoid and question.) Businesses can go beyond assessing their environmental impacts, and find pressure points to connect across supply chains and industries to sustain the natural habitats that enable their businesses to thrive.
Make a Difference with Action on Goal 15
SDG 15 calls to “Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.”
  Align your Company or Institution with Best Practices on Biodiversity

Responsible Down Standard
The Responsible Down Standard was developed by The North Face and is managed by the non-profit Textile Exchange. It is a global animal-welfare and traceability standard using an established chain-of-custody process to help companies source down from ducks and geese that haven’t been force-fed or live-plucked for their feathers. Supporters include Adidas, REI and Timberland. Learn more.

Biodiversity for Banks
Financial institutions face risks associated with biodiversity and ecosystem services in their lending decisions. To help them overcome the challenge of incorporating these risks, the Equator Principles Association – along with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Program (BBOP) – has launched the “Biodiversity for Banks” program (B4B). Learn more.
Club De Excelencia en Sostenibilidad
The Club de Excelencia en Sostenibilidad has collected Best Business Practices in Biodiversity Management in a catalogue of 40 projects carried out by large Spanish companies and SMEs to preserve the flora, fauna, habitats and water resources. Club members include BASF, Cemex, and Vodaphone. Learn more.
 Identify Biodiversity Hotspots in your Supply Chain
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Biodiversity hotspots hold especially high numbers of unique species. Healthy ecosystems provide important services for human well-being, such as clean air and water, flood and climate control, and soil regeneration, as well as food, medicines and raw materials.
Identify biodiversity hot spots in your supply chain in: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, North and Central America and South America. Learn more.

Biodiversity Hotspots

Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 15
Unilever has achieved its target of only sourcing from sustainable palm oil, and is now pursuing “total traceability” to certified sustainable sources. Any prospective supplier to Unilever must ensure that their environmental practices are up to date. Learn more.
EcoPlanet Bamboo 
This company seeks to industrialize bamboo as a viable and environmentally attractive alternative fiber for timber manufacturing industries. EcoPlanet Bamboo seeks to provide bamboo-based replacements for products that contribute to deforestation. By using only degraded land for its bamboo plantations, the company avoids competing with food production, and restores land into fully functioning ecosystems. The plantations are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC™) to ensure responsible management.
In June 2016 EcoPlanet Bamboo tripled the size of its Ghana operations, allowing it to create its first closed-loop, low-footprint, bamboo-based bio-refinary, while restoring an entire forest ecosystem and providing 1,500 jobs in an area of extreme rural poverty. The agreement is signed under a public-private partnership with the Government of Ghana, through the Ghana Forestry Commission. Learn more.
Ralph Lauren and Etsy 
These companies are among the 16 who recently made commitments to combat wildlife crime, both trafficking and consumer demand, which “is urgently threatening our planet’s most iconic species,” according to WWF. WWF adds that companies can “have a direct impact on the wildlife crime crisis by securing their supply chains and empowering consumers to make responsible purchases.”
JPMorgan Chase
JPMorgan Chase is the founding sponsor of NatureVest, an initiative of The Nature Conservancy to drive investment in conservation. NatureVest brings together conservation leaders, communities, policymakers and investors to build the field of conservation finance. Learn more.
LVMH Group
The wealth of biodiversity is “absolutely indispensable” to LVMH’s brands, the Group says, explaining its commitment to regulatory compliance and “well beyond.”  LVMH is the first private sector enterprise to hold a seat on the board of the French Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB), and is a member of the Responsible Ecosystems Sourcing Platform (RESP), which brings together luxury industry stakeholders to develop and promote sustainable practices for the sourcing of raw materials and natural resources. Learn more.
Amplify your Impact: Collaborate with NGOs and Other Companies
Forest Stewardship Certified 
FSC certification ensures that products come from well-managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. Along the supply chain, FSC certification can provide benefits such as access to new markets. Learn more.
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
RSPO collaborates with all links in the global palm oil supply chain to transform markets and make sustainable palm oil the norm. The RSPO has developed a set of environmental and social criteria which companies must comply with in order to produce Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO), which can help to minimize the negative impact of palm oil cultivation on the environment and communities in palm oil-producing regions. Learn more.
Conservation International 
CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity, including by supporting protection of biodiversity hotspots around the world. Learn more.
European Business and Biodiversity Platform
The European Business and Biodiversity (B@B) Platform provides an EU level forum for sustained and strategic dialogue about the links between business and biodiversity. B@B works with business to develop tools and approaches that integrate biodiversity considerations into business practice. The Platform also helps to coordinate and to raise awareness of innovative national and international initiatives, and showcase business best practices at EU level. Learn more.
Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef
GRSB is a global, multi-stakeholder initiative to improve sustainability of the global beef value chain through leadership, science and multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration. The GRSB “envisions a world in which all aspects of the beef value chain are environmentally sound, socially responsible and economically viable.” See GRSB’s membership, comprising producers, commerce and processing, retail, civil society, and roundtables. McDonald’s is a founding member.
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2015 Employee Engagement Nominee: Cookswell Jikos
Cookswell Jikos is exploring the seed-to-ash cycle of sustainable forestry based biomass energy. Their woodfuel security system uses locally sourced, recycled materials, local labor, and provides for a comprehensive closed-loop renewable wood energy system.

2015 Employee Engagement Nominee: Cookswell Jikos

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