Biodiversity Values for SMEs
The session focussed on how various stakeholders in the SME sector can adopt approaches to address and mitigate biodiversity loss and create a global image for themselves as biodiversity friendly product provider. SME’s in India can become Pro Biodiversity Businesses and cover three axis of engagement: conservation of biodiversity through the long-term sustainable use of biological resources, positive commercial returns on investments, and social, employment and cohesion benefits arising from the use of biological resources. Basically, the SMEs can strive to generate positive financial and biodiversity returns.
The session presented global experience on SME work on biodiversity and the opportunities arising out of it, policy intervention globally to make it happen and Innovative ways to achieve it.
Summary of the session is provided below:
Mr Deep Kapuria, Past Chairman, CII National MSME Council and Chairman, Hi-Tech Gears Limited set the context of the session by quoting the world economic forum, “Global warming may be dominating the headlines today, ecosystem degradation will be tomorrow headlines”. He added that SMEs are under a lot of pressure to make sustainable choices as they fall in supply chain of many major industries.
Mr Wolfgang Leidig, Program Director, GIZ, said that GIZ works with CII for sustainable development on many issues such as water, climate change, environment more specifically on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (B&ES) using platform such as India business and biodiversity initiative. He said that Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services will become important issue for lending banks. And working with SMEs to mitigate B&ES risk will help larger industries mitigate supply chain risk.
Mr Wijnand Broer, Deputy Director, CREM BV,Netherlands, introduced the concept of 4 types of entrepreneur and steps to assess B&ES in a company’s operation and value chain as well mitigation of any risk that was assessed during assessment.
Presentation: Mr. Wijnand Broer - Small Business Big Deal
Dr. Suhas Buddhe, Chairman & Managing Director, Biocare India Pvt. Ltd. pointed out that SMEs vision are limited to immediate and urgent activity than a long term payback vision based activity. He said that benchmarking of practices on B&ES to showcase pro-biodiversity business is a must to increase awareness.
Ms Malai Chomphuka, Executive Director, Quality Advantage Co. Ltd. introduced the tool PREMA (profitable resource efficient management approach) and enlisted benefits that her 3 years of work with Thailand based SMEs achieved.
Presentation: Ms. Malai Chomphuka - PREMA Final
Mr Sandeep Shrivastava, Vice President – Corporate Environment, Ambuja Cements Limited presenting him company’s example, emphasized on the importance of a company’s investment in B&ES and how it can help mitigate risk for an industry.
Some key outcomes and takeaways from the session were:
- Pressure on both agriculture and manufacturing are increasing and hence pressure on biodiversity and ecosystem services (B&ES) is bound to increase, hence sustainability on ecological basis is a must
- SMEs should improve their handprint (+ve impacts) and reduce their footprint (-ve) impact on B&ES
- SMEs will require more handholding on the issue and CII to come up with solutions on the matter
- Corporates can reap benefits such as water positivity and reduced pollution by means of extensive green cover by investing in B&ES
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