We aspire to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of ecosystems
Some examples of good practice are listed below. You can contribute specific examples by clicking the ‘Share my case study’ button.
> Understanding the social and economic value of ecosystems and their services and factoring in this understanding when developing corporate strategies and activities; recognizing relevant ecosystems or habitats, and identify the sites, scale, risks and impacts of operational activities, products and services on biodiversity, endangered species, water bodies and related habitats
> Integrating corporate goals and targets related to biodiversity, ecosystems services and use of genetic resources into corporate policies, risk- and opportunity assessments and in supply chain management
> Taking responsibility for waste generated and harmful chemicals used in own operations; assessing and preventing actual or potential negative impact on soil, wildlife and the food chain
> Promoting biodiversity-friendly production, supporting sustainable harvesting and promoting benefit-sharing agreements on genetic resources
> Recognizing the unique and important role of indigenous peoples in the global community and committing to obtaining (and maintaining) the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous peoples throughout the lifecycle of projects affecting them through holding effective and meaningful consultations in good faith
> Taking appropriate measures such as using cultivated alternatives to ingredients sourced in wild environments
> Obtaining and/or promoting the use of forest management certifications
> Assessing and protecting soil from degradation, limiting erosion and preventing soil contamination from all sources through investing in and implementing sustainable use of natural resources
> Investing in innovation of development of new technologies including improved farming practices, fertilizers, crop protection systems, seed varieties and species
Signatories to the IFRA-IOFI Sustainability Charter can complete a simple online form to contribute specific examples - just click the button below.
A non-exhaustive list of initiatives is set out below, aiming to provide a direction for companies eager to go further on this topic:
Comply with respective national implementing regulations arising from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
Follow the SAFA (Sustainability Assessment of food and agriculture systems) guidelines or the OECD-FOA Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains
Follow the guidelines of recognized multi-stakeholder initiatives such as:
> SMETA (SEDEX Members Ethical Trade Audit) – [Ethical trade audit],
> EcoVadis – [CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) rating agency],
> UEBT (Union for Ethical Bio Trade),
> Rainforest Alliance – [Multi-stakeholder initiative dedicated to ensuring sustainable livelihoods and conserving biodiversity],
Signatories to the IFRA-IOFI Sustainability Charter can provide input on these frameworks and programs, or suggest others.
Available business disclosure: For each operational site owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas, the following information:
i. Geographic location;
ii. Subsurface and underground land that may be owned, leased, or managed by the organization;
iii. Position in relation to the protected area (in the area, adjacent to, or containing portions of the protected area) or the high biodiversity value area outside protected areas;
iv. Type of operation (office, manufacturing or production, or extractive);
v. Size of operational site in km2 (or another unit, if appropriate);
vi. Biodiversity value characterized by the attribute of the protected area or area of high biodiversity value outside the protected area (terrestrial, freshwater, or maritime ecosystem);
vii. Biodiversity value characterized by listing of protected status (such as IUCN Protected Area Management Categories, Ramsar Convention, national legislation).
Unit: Km2, number of species,
Source: GRI Standard 304-1
Available business disclosure: Nature of significant direct and indirect impacts on biodiversity with reference to one or more of the following:
i. Construction or use of manufacturing plants, mines, and transport infrastructure;
ii. Pollution (introduction of substances that do not naturally occur in the habitat from point and non-point sources);
iii. Introduction of invasive species, pests, and pathogens;
iv. Reduction of species;
v. Habitat conversion;
vi. Changes in ecological processes outside the natural range of variation (such as salinity or changes in groundwater level).
Source: GRI Standard 304-2
Available business disclosure: Significant direct and indirect positive and negative impacts with reference to the following:
i. Species affected;
ii. Extent of areas impacted;
iii. Duration of impacts;
iv. Reversibility or irreversibility of the impacts.
Source: GRI Standard 304-2
Available business disclosure: Water bodies and related habitats that are significantly affected by water discharges and/or runoff, including information on:
i. The size of the water body and related habitat;
ii. Whether the water body and related habitat is designated as a nationally or internationally protected area;
iii. The biodiversity value, such as total number of protected species.
Unit: Km2, number of species and other descriptive information
Source: GRI Standard 306-5
Available business disclosure: Total number of IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by the operations of the organization, by level of extinction risk:
i. Critically endangered;
iv. Near threatened;
v. Least concern.
Source: GRI Standard 304-4
Available business disclosure: Trends in population and extinction risk of utilized species, including species in trade.
Available business disclosure: Trends in Ecological Footprint and/or related concepts.
Available business disclosure: Ecological limits assessed in terms of sustainable production and consumption.
Available business disclosure: Trends in extent to which biodiversity and ecosystem service values are incorporated into organizational accounting and reporting.
Available business disclosure: Size and location of all habitat areas protected or restored, and whether the success of the restoration measure was or is approved by independent external professionals.
Source: GRI Standard 304-3
Available business disclosure: Whether partnerships exist with third parties to protect or restore habitat areas distinct from where the organization has overseen and implemented restoration or protection measures.
Source: GRI Standard 304-3