The importance of biodiversity loss as a second environmental crisis is often overlooked while climate change takes center stage. However, the issue is increasingly coming to the fore. In the World Economic Forum's report, it ranks third among the most serious global risks, after the failure of climate protection measures and extreme weather events. Biodiversity is crucial for food, medicine and quality of life. Increased commitment is therefore required, including from companies. We have begun to analyze the impact of our business on biodiversity, identify areas for action and develop measures. We are committed to anchoring the protection of biodiversity as an integral part of our corporate strategy.
Analysis and concept
In our analysis of the company's impact on biodiversity, we recognized that the most significant effects occur in the upstream value chain, particularly through the extraction of raw materials and pre-production. Our administrative activities, including office buildings, purchasing, vehicle fleet and logistics for the provision of our services, have a medium impact.
The inside-out analysis based on the core indicators for biodiversity has shown that our strongest impact is in the area of procurement. This relates to the three indicators
- Overfishing or damage to marine ecosystems,
- agricultural overuse of land and
- promotion of low genetic diversity of crops and livestock.
What else we want to achieve
We have derived further measures from the analysis and our concept.
These are measures to review and adapt our purchasing behavior. We are examining the following measures:
- Increased sourcing of ecologically safe fish
- an increased selection of organically grown products and
- the increased use of old varieties.
We also see an opportunity to have a positive impact on biodiversity in the immediate vicinity of the Environmental Forum. We are also examining these measures:
- Planting a tiny forest in the public open space in front of the Environmental Forum
- Campaign to reduce the invasive species "annual weed" in the neighboring cemetery areas