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Sustainability Events

Industry Partnerships for Biodiversity

Leah Gerber

  • Founding Directory, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Arizona State University

Laura McConnell

  • University and Scientific Society Engagement, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, BayerCrop ScienceUniversity

Christian Newman

  • Technical Executive, Endangered and Protected Species, Sustain Sustainability and Ecosystem Stewardship Research Group, Electric Power Research Institute

Frank Hawkins

  • Director, International Union for Conservation of Nature – United States

Christopher Barton

  • Fellow, Office of the President, Arizona State University

Global biodiversity loss is occurring at an unprecedented rate. The recent global assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services reports that approximately 1 million species are threatened with extinction.

The corporate sector has shown an increasing commitment to considering sustainability issues over the past decade. However, many companies lack mechanisms to measure, report and monitor biodiversity and incentive to rigorously consider biodiversity in operations.

Biodiversity materiality represents an enormous risk for companies but is difficult to quantify. Companies need access to data and technical support to ensure they have the expertise to implement effective biodiversity management plans across their core operations and value chains.

The ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes helps bridge this gap by engaging companies and governments in identifying important areas where resources should be allocated and how to report contributions toward the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 15, or SDG15.

The panel will describe their theory of change for working with the private sector and best practices for achieving biodiversity outcomes in industry-academic partnerships.

Following the presentations, the panelists will facilitate a short Q & A session with the audience.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
12:15 - 2:00 p.m. PDT