The plant life, insects and animals around us are part of the biodiversity of our natural world. Even tiny microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi contribute to biodiversity. Everything is interconnected so changes to one part of the ecosystem can have huge unintended consequences in other parts. And while you might wonder how this is relevant to your business, your customers and clients care about biodiversity. For example, in Ireland, 97% of people surveyed agreed that we have a responsibility to look after nature.
Where To Start?
Some easy wins in a typical office might include switching to more eco-friendly cleaning products, reducing the amount of paper used, or creating an office garden to attract bees and other insects. If you have outdoor space you could choose to stop using pesticides, stop mowing some or all areas and even installing a beehive on the roof.
If you’re worried that a less manicured landscape might make an unfavourable impression on visitors to your workplace, a simple strategy is to put up a sign explaining how it supports biodiversity. This will have the double effect of both improving the biodiversity around your workplace, and spreading awareness to the wider community.
The resources on this page will give you plenty of ideas and perhaps help you to more actively look after nature in the future so that future generations can enjoy it too.
Business for Nature is a global coalition for all companies to engage, act, and advocate for nature-positive business. Nature is everyone’s business is a call to action from Business for Nature and industry leaders to bring companies together to protect nature and...
Green Zebra co-founder Sarah Blake talks at TedX Crann - Trees for Ireland about pollinator friendly trees that can be planted in Irish gardens. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thhsydSfH7w
Kering and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership published this primer paper on 8 steps to developing a biodiversity strategy for your business. See how your business could incorporate these actions into your sustainability goals....
Follow these steps from Business for Nature on your journey to make yours a nature-positive business. Learn how to assess, commit, act and advocate for biodiversity. https://www.businessfornature.org/steps-to-be-nature-positive
A short introduction to Natural Capital Accounting and how it can make sense of the value of our natural biodiversity assets. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykzFmT4rhmM
The Irish Examiner’s guide to Working Together for Biodiversity - everything you need to know to begin engaging in biodiversity action. https://pollinators.ie/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Irish-Examiner-Working-Together-for-Biodiversity.pdf
The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan’s business guide shows you how to engage in action to help our pollinators, from offices to farmers, there is something here that every business can do. https://pollinators.ie/businesses/