Contributions of the private sector to global biodiversity protection: case study of the Fortune 500 companies

Bhattacharya, Tania Ray & Managi, Shunsuke (2013) Contributions of the private sector to global biodiversity protection: case study of the Fortune 500 companies. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management, 9(1), pp. 65-86.

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Since the inception of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 1992, little progress has been achieved in terms of involving the business community in protecting biological diversity worldwide. This article assesses the current activities of US Fortune 500 companies with respect to global biodiversity protection and the goals of the CBD. Data and information collected from 500 companies within eight major industrial sectors were further categorized at the company level to assess each company's involvement in global biodiversity protection. Our findings show that although companies' business profiles highly influence their decision-making process regarding the adoption of biodiversity protection policies and measures, their revenue profiles are less influential. We show that despite generating low revenues, companies in the utility sector are more active in the adoption of biodiversity protection policy than those in the financial sector, which generate high revenues. This study also demonstrates that companies must be convinced of the major effects of biodiversity loss on their bottom lines to be motivated to protect biological diversity. Companies' business and business-related risk profiles can also influence the adoption of biodiversity protection policies within the company. The study further demonstrates that a measurable biodiversity impact indicator is necessary for the companies to get seriously involved in the mitigation action. Finally, this study proposes a three-step biodiversity loss mitigation action framework that is drawn upon the assessment of the 500 companies that can contribute to develop an elaborative framework of business sector-specific mitigation plan. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

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ID Code: 75385
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: activity profile; biodiversity; biodiversity protection policy; business risk; business sector; Fortune 500 companies; revenue profile
DOI: 10.1080/21513732.2012.710250
ISSN: 2151-3740
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Copyright Owner: Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Deposited On: 21 Aug 2014 01:56
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2014 04:30

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