The natural world is full of synergistic relationships – relationships that provide mutual benefits and opportunities.

These relationships are part of a larger interconnected system, which is optimised, successful and thrives within the boundaries of its own sphere of existence. If something within that system changes, adaptation and evolution results. Failure to adapt often spells disaster!

This form of interconnected, complex relationships also exists between organisations and businesses within a market or economy. Much like a biological ecosystem, the business ecosystem has an array of different types of connections and relationships, some tightly dependent, some less so, but without them we could not succeed. Like a biological ecosystem, the business ecosystem evolves to fluctuating internal or external factors. This ability to adapt, both in natural and business ecosystems separates those who thrive and those who do not.

The real story here is that natural and business ecosystems are inextricably linked. Nature underpins all our business ecosystems. You may be several degrees of separation from the soil, but it will still represent the foundation of some aspect of your business.

Protecting nature will build long-term resilience into our economy. Regardless of your sector, doing nothing is no longer an option. There is no future for “Business as Usual”.

Business for Biodiversity is Ireland’s new national business and biodiversity platform launching this March. The platform will focus on increasing awareness and education around business links to nature, applicable policy information, networking and collaboration opportunities and examples of actions that businesses can take.

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Many of us have heard this term “nature positive” used in the context of business and biodiversity, but what does it actually mean?

“Nature positive” as a term is being worked on by the Nature Positive Initiative and you can read their latest definition here…essentially its a global societal goal defined as ‘Halt and reverse nature loss by 2030 on a 2020 baseline, achieve full recovery by 2050’.

In this context, a nature positive business is generally understood to have certain qualities and values.

Nature positive businesses understand how their business operations impact on the environment, and they also understand how they benefit from nature, or how they depend on it, for example, through an ecosystem service like pollination.

Once a business understands their impacts and dependencies, they can transform how they do things to avoid or reduce pressure on the natural world. The impacts may be hidden within their value chain, but a business has the power to switch suppliers and make that shift towards organisations that are more tuned in to their environmental or social impact.

A nature positive business mobilises resources to enhance ecosystems and enrich biodiversity. They can do this by enhancing the natural habitats that occur within their landholding, by working with communities to enrich local ecosystems or by providing funding to NGOs to enable rewilding projects further afield, perhaps in key geographic areas and ecosystems that have high biodiversity value or critical habitats, like the Amazon Rainforest.

Carbon storage is another priority for a nature positive business. Cutting carbon emissions, protecting natural carbon sinks, and transforming agriculture to enhance sequestration are fundamental ways that businesses can improve their carbon storage capacity.

Respecting the right to safe water means that businesses must be compliant with liquid waste disposal and discharging into rivers and streams.

Experts claim that we may have entered an era of pandemics driven by the anthropogenic degradation of nature and biodiversity. If we are to escape this quagmire of rapidly spreading global diseases, we need an enormous shift towards prevention. It is estimated that there could be another 850,000 undiscovered viruses that could have the ability to jump to human hosts. The way we currently use our land, trade unsustainably, disrupt natural systems, interfere with wild populations of animals paves the road towards increased pandemic risk. This risk is lowered significantly by intercepting the drivers of biodiversity loss.

The cost of inaction is growing exponentially. The longer we leave it, the more it will cost us, financially and in terms of our heath and wellbeing.

Momentum is building and percolating down to businesses of all sizes and across all sectors. The Nature Positive movement is here, and it will make us stronger, happier, and more resilient.

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How does my business depend on nature? This is a question increasingly being asked of business in recent years, but for some sectors, it can be a tricky one to answer.

Businesses do not operate outside of the boundaries of nature and ecosystems. We rely heavily on the stocks and services that nature provides.

So where do we begin?


Nature is the great provider. We have built empires and civilizations upon her bounty, but she’s on her knees and time is running out.

For some sectors, like agriculture, it’s easier to connect with nature but her influence is far reaching and often unnoticed. For example, could you run your business without

  • Natural fibres and textiles: cotton, linen, hemp, bamboo, jute, wool, silk, leather
  • Paper, cardboard, or wood; product packaging, printing, tissues and napkins, furniture, construction
  • Food; tilled crops, livestock, fish
  • Rubber; tyres, seals, washers, apparel, furniture, toys
  • Dyes; textiles, paint, photographs, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, biological stains, food colouring
  • Insects; silk, shellac nail treatment, food colouring, animal feed
  • Plants: cosmetics, medicines, essential oils, plant extracts, gardens, and landscaping
  • Water; textiles, agriculture, beverage production, automotive
  • Metals; construction, automotive, electronics, aerospace, medical devices, printing, pharmaceuticals
  • Minerals; cement, ceramics, glass, lime, chemicals, medicines, electronics, pyrotechnics, pest control, pigments, toothpaste, light bulbs, cosmetics, insulation, gloss, fertilizers, construction materials

If your business services any of these sectors, guess what? You depend on nature!


Our livelihoods depend on a healthy planet. We, as businesses and individuals, rely on nature and biodiversity to provide services like recycling and composting, water filtration, healthy productive soils, clean air, pest control, flood protection and pollination. In addition, we receive other social, cultural and health benefits by being within and connected to nature, and you can’t put a price on that!

We are on the verge of a green revolution where business must adapt, and to use a biological term, evolve to become more sustainable and to position nature and biodiversity at the core of decision-making. Our planetary resources are finite, and if this evolution doesn’t happen, who knows what the future may hold… not much.

We’re all connected, and nature connects us all.

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Lucy Gaffney, Business For Biodiversity platform lead