Biodiversity is essential for the survival of life on our planet. The Convention on Biological Diversity defines it as 'the variability among living organisms from all sources including inter alia, terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are a part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems. It provides a number of vital and indispensable services which sustains life on earth. This report highlights the initiatives of 20 companies in India across sectors - mining, construction, manufacturing, IT, finance, energy, chemicals, and agri-business – in biodiversity management and conservation within their operations and through their CSR activities.
The report was released under the aegis of the India Business & Biodiversity Initiative (IBBI) on the sidelines of the Business and Biodiversity Forum of the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 12) held from 12 to 14 October, 2014 at Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea.