Published on August 21st, 2010 | by Lucille Chi
Conservation International and Major Corporations in Brazil Launch Joint Biodiversity Initiative
Conservation International just recently joined a promising initiative by some of the largest corporations operating in Brazil including Walmart, to commit themselves to biodiversity conservation in the country and the sustainable use of its natural resources.
Last week, the “Corporate Movement for the Protection and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity” was launched at an event attended by the Brazilian Minister of Environment Izabella Teixeira, reports Conservation International.
The coalition of companies distributed an open draft of a statement about their commitments and proposals to the Brazilian government’s delegation to enhance and qualify the country’s effective leadership at October’s Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) meeting in Japan. Among other issues, the corporations are committing to: adopt the principles of the CBD into their business strategies; monitor their supply chains in order to ensure ecosystem protection; and prioritize the maintenance and restoration of these ecosystems.
In September there will be a seminar to present the letter’s final version to the Brazilian government. Six companies are preparing, all ranging in sectors such as cosmetics, energy, steel and mining are baking the initiative, including some of Conservation International’s long-term partners like Walmart and Alcoa. CI-Brazil is one of nearly a dozen NGOs that are backing and offering scientific expertise to the initiative.