We are happy to announce that CI has recently joined a promising initiative by some of the largest corporations operating in Brazil, committing 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.
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.
Six companies from a range of sectors such as cosmetics, energy, steel and mining are behind the initiative, including some of CI’s long-term partners – Walmart and Alcoa. CI-Brazil is one of the eight NGOs that are supporting and offering scientific expertise to the initiative. Patricia Baião, CI-Brazil’s Amazon Program director, represented CI at the launch event.
Over the next couple of weeks, the draft of the initiative’s statement will be open for public contributions through Wiki Debates. In September there will be a seminar to present the letter’s final version to the Brazilian government and all presidential candidates.
Isabela Santos is the communications director for CI-Brazil.