Are you responsible for your company’s annual sustainability report? Do you want to easily incorporate biodiversity into your reporting? If so, then IBAT’s new report functionality is for you!
Submitted by: IBAT Alliance
Posted: Nov 14, 2019 – 06:00 AM EST
Nov. 14 /CSRwire/ - The World Economic Forum has stated that “the accelerating pace of biodiversity loss is a particular concern” and is now affecting health and socioeconomic development, with implications for well-being, productivity, and security. However, the challenge for companies is how to embed biodiversity within business decision-making. Biodiversity is very complex and it can vary widely between locations. No two places are alike. No two ecosystems are alike. No two species are alike.
The Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) makes it easy to understand your organisation’s biodiversity risks and opportunities. IBAT is web-based map and reporting tool that provides fast, efficient access to three of the world's most authoritative, global biodiversity datasets. The IBAT team has unrivalled expertise in global biodiversity data and work with over 70 companies and financial institutions to undertake early-stage, high-level screening for biodiversity.
We recently developed a simple report functionality that allows you to report biodiversity information about your company using the GRI 300 Environmental Standards for biodiversity (GRI 304): Disclosure 304-1: Operational sites owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas and Disclosure 304-4 IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by operations.
These disclosures help organisations identify where activities are taking place in both protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas as well as where its activities pose a threat to endangered plant and animal species. Thereby, making it possible for the organisation to avoid and reduce impacts on biodiversity.
"IBAT has been an essential tool to help Evonik understand our biodiversity risks and opportunities on-site" explains Denis Sepoetro of Evonik who have included biodiversity in their materiality analysis since 2017.
If you’d like to learn more about IBAT and how it can help you with your sustainability reporting, please get in touch.
IBAT or the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool is a web-based map and reporting tool that provides fast, easy and integrated access to three of the world’s most authoritative global biodiversity datasets: the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the World Database on Protected Areas, and the World Database of Key Biodiversity Areas. IBAT is developed and maintained by the IBAT Alliance (BirdLife International, Conservation International, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre) with the aim to enable users to make informed decisions in policy and practice. For more information on IBAT visit www.ibat-alliance.org and connect with us on LinkedIn.
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