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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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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?

Stocks

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!

Services

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