The EU B@B Platform has launched a new SMEs and Nature survey with the Capitals Coalition, We Value Nature and the Enterprise Europe Network. The objective of the survey is to better understand how SMEs consider their relationships with nature, what type of support SMEs require and how this support should be implemented.
As the state of nature and biodiversity continues to decline at a dramatic rate, more and more businesses start questioning their relationship with nature with the objective to improve their long-term resilience and viability. While most large corporates have the resources at hand to investigate these questions, this is an important challenge for SMEs. This is especially true in the current economic context.
With 25 million SMEs operating in the EU employing together around 100 million people, SMEs represent the backbone of the European economy. Creating a European Business for Biodiversity Movement will therefore only succeed if SMEs are fully engaged and empowered. But important questions remain unanswered:
The objective of the survey is precisely to answer these questions.
The results of the survey will be used to inform future programmes that will:
Target audience and deadline
The survey primarily targets SMEs, but it is also open to other stakeholders including business associations, NGOs and international organisations representing or engaging with SMEs.
Completing the survey will help us understand how to best support SMEs addressing this topic. The results of the survey will be discussed during the European Business & Nature Summit held on 8 and 9 December. Following the Summit, concrete support activities targeting SMEs will be deployed by the EU B@B Platform and its partners in 2021-2022.
Source: B @ B