On July 22 and 23, the Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP) organizes the summer course “The ESG strategy at the center of the energy transformation. A decisive decade”, coordinated by EDP Spain, in which experts from different disciplines will address for a day and a half critical topics such as climate neutrality and adaptation, decarbonization through the circular economy, the value of natural capital for business, innovation for transformation, and just transition and recovery funds....

From 30 November to 1 December, 2021 business leaders and policymakers will meet in November at the 2021 European Business and Nature Summit (EBNS) - a high-level political and technical forum - to capitalise on the growing awareness that businesses impact and depend on nature and the ecosystem services it provides. They will aim to mobilise the business community and strengthen the European "Business for Biodiversity movement" called upon by the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030....

Ecoacsa Reserva de Biodiversidad and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) have conducted an assessment across the IBEX 35 on how they publicly reported biodiversity-related information in 2019. The main conclusions and results of the analysis have been compiled in the report Nature in the Spanish stock exchange. To what extent is biodiversity relevant to the IBEX 35? The results of the 2019 biodiversity corporate performance index on reporting and disclosure of the IBEX 35 show that biological diversity is a material issue for 17 companies (48,6%). By activity sector, energy has obtained the highest score based on the sum of eight indicators taken into account to assess the correct integration of biodiversity by Spanish listed companies’ reporting and disclosure, with 53%. This sector is followed by basic materials industry (24%), consumer goods (22%), consumer services (18%), real state services (15%), finance services (13%) and technology and communications (12%).The methodology followed to followed to conduct the analysis has been developed by Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) in the framework of the Biodiversity Disclosure Project, which is based on publicly available data (sustainability reports published in the Spanish Stock Market Commission, biodiversity reports, websites)....

The Align project recently presented has launched its first Annual Survey to gather input from businesses and financial institutions across the EU (and beyond) to develop guidance and recommendations on a standard for biodiversity measurement and natural capital management accounting. Align is a three-year business-focused and business-driven project. ...

Biodiversity is crucial in urban development, it is a core component in sustainable planning, for the better of our cities and the environment in general. Industrial and commercial premises hold an enormous potential in terms of climate change mitigation and the promotion of environmental quality. In April, partners of EU LIFE BooGI-BOP project organize along with the Province of Vorarlberg an online-series of three talks to promote dialogue between eco-boosting proponents and biodiversity committed planners and clients. ...

On May 18th and 19th, Seville will become the world capital of the blue economy on the occasion of SUMMIT4OCEANS Sevilla Blue Economy Virtual Event, co-organized by Fibes Sevilla within the framework of the Andalusian capital city council project aimed at promoting innovation, technology and sustainable development in Spain with a clear international vocation....

The Align project - Aligning accounting approaches for nature - will support businesses, financial institutions and other stakeholders in developing standardised natural capital accounting practices, including a standardised approach to biodiversity measurement. The project is funded by the European Commission, and led by WCMC Europe, Capitals Coalition, Arcadis, ICF and UNEP-WCMC....

On March 9th the Science-Based Targets Network (SBTN) organizes the online event “Introduction to Corporate Engagement” (at 12 pm EST, 17:00 CET) to show how Latin American and Spanish businesses can start to set a clear course of action to protect nature and the climate in line with science. SBTN enables companies and cities to transform into sustainable organizations that will thrive in a nature positive, net-zero future....

During One Earth One Future, the video of the new Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures was launched, with the participation of Elizabeth Maruma, Executive Secretary of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD); Bérangè Abba, Secretary of State of the Ministry for Ecological Transition of France, Mariuz Calvet, Director of Sustainability and Sustainable Investment of Banorte and co-chair of TNFD and Niranjan Bandokar, COF of YES Bank Group in India. ...

Business for Nature Coalition together with its partners, has defined four high-level and accessible steps for businesses to help in their journey to becoming nature-positive. These phases consist of assess their impacts and dependencies on nature to ensure they are committing and acting on the most material ones; commit to ambitious goals and set science-based targets; act now to avoid, reduce, regenerate & restore and transform; and advocate for ambitious government policies that will scale and speed up further positive business action....