Building business resilience, Business For Nature

Business For Nature
Exploring how making nature part of your decision-making is critical to becoming a future-fit business.
A virtual event took place on June 15th 2020, organized by World Economic Forum, WBCSD, ICC, UN Global Compact, IUCN and Business for Nature.

How resilient is your business?

This first major global leadership event focused on nature in a world rethinking how to emerge from the crisis of a pandemic.

Hosted by Paul Polman, Co-founder of IMAGINE, and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and news anchor Tian Wei, this event brought together inspiring business and world leaders to explore how making nature part of your decision-making is critical to becoming a future-fit business.

Healthy societies, resilient economies and thriving businesses rely on nature. Yet, more than half of the world’s total GDP is at risk from nature loss (World Economic Forum, 2020). Business and governments need to work together now to reverse nature loss in this decade.

Attendees joined a high-level, interactive discussion on what can be learnt from the interrelated emergencies of nature, climate, health and people.

At the event, Business For Nature launched a Call to Action calling for ambitious and collective action on nature, that many leading businesses are supporting. If you are a business, sign up here!

We need to get nature-based solutions higher on the agenda. We need to give it more priority than it gets today. Today we are launching the call to action, for companies to be part of a broader business voice.” Paul Polman, Co-founder of IMAGINE

Our Project is currently working jointly with Business For Nature to release a new publication focusing on linkages between biodiversity and business.

Here is the full speaker line up:

  • Paul Polman, Co-founder of IMAGINE
  • Tian Wei, News Anchor
  • Thomas Buberl, CEO of AXA
  • Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC
  • Emmanuel Faber, CEO of Danone
  • Guo Guangchang, Chairman Fosun International
  • Alan Jope, CEO of Unilever
  • Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, CEO of Sintesa Group
  • Joaquim Levy, Fellow of Steyer Taylor Institute at Stanford University, Former Minister of Finance of Brazil
  • Roberto Marques, CEO of Natura &Co
  • Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Acting Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Co-Chair of the Global Commission for the Economy and Climate, Former Minister of Finance of Nigeria

Business leaders:

  • Reflected on the current Covid-19 crisis and the lessons learnt in the context of the planetary crisis.
  • Explored how collective action is essential to building greater resilience.
  • Heard from companies that are including nature in their decision-making and accelerating progress towards a more sustainable future.

Watch the highlights of this virtual conference:


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