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How to embed targets into business strategy
Biodiversity is steadily rising up business agendas but with the recent Living Planet Report published by WWF revealing that global wildlife populations have plummeted by an average of 69% since 1970, how can businesses help address the imbalance and start to protect and restore ecosystems to avert a nature crisis?
With fewer than 50 days to go till COP15, RSK asks the question: How do we embed science-based targets for nature into business strategy?
Join our panel of experts as they discuss the practicalities of science-based targets for nature and the complexities surrounding nature-based target reporting, review how businesses can harness existing reporting solutions, discuss the impact of and reliance on biodiversity for business and consider the tools needed to begin developing credible biodiversity business strategies.
Walid Al Saqqaf
CEO and co-founder of Rebalance Earth
Rebalance Earth is a a global ecosystem services platform for valuing and funding living nature to combat climate change and biodiversity loss, and lift communities out of poverty. Walid started off in the corporate world at Barclays Corporate Banking in 1998. As a serial entrepreneur, he has co-founded six start-ups, of which one had a successful acquisition. Walid is also an industry associate at the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies.
Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) | Director of Business Strategy
Ben advises leading businesses on how to align their purpose and strategy with the transition to a sustainable economy. He specialises in developing best practice for how to develop and integrate a sustainable purpose into an organisation. He authored the Leading with a sustainable purpose report that captures practical insights from four leading businesses. As well as shaping CISL’s research into what a sustainable, purpose-driven business looks like, he collaborates with several international initiatives that share the same goal. He was on the steering committee of PAS 808, the first ever BSI Standard for a sustainable purpose-led organisation.
He draws on over 20 years of experience as an organisational development consultant, 11 of which were with the international not-for-profit Forum for the Future.
RSK Biocensus | Associate Director
Tim is a new addition to the RSK Biocensus and RSK Wilding team. He comes having worked at the Office for Environmental Protection, bedding in natural science technical skills within the Insights Directorate. Part of this work was leading on the technical aspects of the Environment Act 2021 legal targets, specifically those relating to biodiversity, and scrutiny of government progress against its 25 Year Environment Plan. Before this, Tim was chief executive officer of a number of wildlife trusts and led work bedding-in landscape-scale biodiversity outcomes and targets within corporate strategies, local ecological networks, etc. Tim’s work now focuses on using his expertise in ecosystem restoration within large-scale wilding and net-gain delivery, along with setting up new green finance vehicles for nature recovery.
WBCSD |Executive Director Asia-Pacific and Member of the Extended Leadership Group
Joe is executive director of the Asia-Pacific region for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the global community of the world’s leading sustainable businesses working together to realise a net-zero, nature-positive and more equitable future. Joe is responsible for the engagement of ambitious companies from across Asia and Australasia in the WBCSD. He has supported collective-action projects by businesses with demonstrable outcomes in areas such as climate change, energy transition, water risk, mobility and more resilient agriculture. Before joining WBCSD, Joe held senior roles with the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum. Highlights include a series of special reports with the Financial Times on business and sustainable development, the development of the World Business and Development Awards with the United Nations and International Chambers of Commerce and delivery of programmes in skills, inclusive business and anti-corruption.
Capitals Coalition | Executive Director
As executive director and member of the management board of Capitals Coalition, Martin Lok holds general responsibilities for leading and managing the organisation. He leads Capitals Coalition’s policy advocacy and its collaboration with its hubs across the world.
Before joining Capitals Coalition, Martin worked for more than 30 years as a policymaker for the Netherlands’ government. He has worked in several policy domains, including environmental policy, nature policy, international biodiversity policy and green growth policy. Martin has co-authored several national policy documents and has led public–private collaborative actions on natural capital in the Netherlands from 2014 onwards.
Martin is a member of the board of the Partnership for Biodiversity Accounting Financials (PBAF) foundation and also of MVO Nederland’s advisory board for the chemical sector.