Principles for using evidence to improve biodiversity impact mitigation by business

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There is an increasing expectation on the private sector to address biodiversity impacts and contribute towards global conservation goals. Appropriate evidence use can help businesses avoid biodiversity losses and realise gains, reduce ineffective or suboptimal action, whilst minimising biodiversity-related risks and securing opportunities from engaging with biodiversity. We review the status of evidence-based action in the private sector, where previous studies have identified concerning trends, and explore the barriers that may currently be hindering practice. To learn from this, and improve the status quo, we propose a set of principles for evidence-based biodiversity impact mitigation. We outline tools and resources that can help businesses move towards evidence-based practice and achieve each of these principles. Meeting these principles would improve the biodiversity outcomes from businesses’ biodiversity related actions. However, for business action to contribute more fully to global conservation goals, broader political and socio-economic issues also need addressing

15 Life on Land
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Business Strategy and the Environment
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The work was completed as part of TBW's PhD, funded by the Balfour Studentship, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge. APC is funded by a Henslow Research Fellowship with Downing College, Cambridge and the Cambridge Philosophical Society. WJS and SOP received funding from Arcadia and the David and Claudia Harding Foundation.