Consumer goods have impacts and dependencies on nature, which stretch across complex, global value chains. Understanding and managing these impacts and risks is the next frontier in biodiversity management. At TBC, we’re using our cross-sector experience and expertise in conservation science, biodiversity data and systems thinking to deliver innovative solutions to sustainability challenges for some of the world’s leading organisations.
We start by listening and understanding. There is an overwhelming choice of methods, approaches and badges to navigate, so we work with you to understand your ambitions for integrating nature into decision-making, how and where your business impacts biodiversity, and develop the most appropriate framework for building long-term resilience.
Understand your biodiversity footprint
We have over ten years’ experience of developing footprinting metrics and applying them to a range of value chain scenarios. Our experience spans the whole value chain, from deep experience in mining and energy, to agriculture and major commodities, through to luxury and high street brands. We have also been instrumental in developing methods for understanding and addressing impacts, in corporate settings such as our pioneering work with raw material extraction and production, and more recently to understand the footprint of apparel and personal care clients. Alongside, we have continued to partner with conservation NGOs and academia on developing these methods, and have proudly played key roles in developing IUCN’s STAR metric and Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership’s (CISL) Biodiversity Impact Metric.
Fashion and apparel
The fashion and textile sector has its own set of unique challenges when it comes to impacts on biodiversity and nature, but also a range of solutions.
For many in this sector, by far the most significant biodiversity impacts come from raw materials sourcing. Our work with high end and high street brands enables good biodiversity management decision-making across the value chain and enables companies to:
- Set appropriate and feasible targets
- Raise internal awareness
- Develop strategic and action plans
- Adapt approaches based on value chain data availability
Identify key risk factors for nature to inform materiality assessments
- Quantify the significance of impacts to biodiversity
- Map biodiversity impacts to geographies and ecoregions
- Discover opportunities to go ‘Nature Positive’
- Measure gains from positive interventions
Insights on biodiversity and fashion
The Fashion Pact – as well as being a commitment – is part of an exciting new movement in industry to get a handle on supply chains. We are mapping out a pragmatic and ambitious approach to meeting the Fashion Pact’s biodiversity commitments – and building your internal sustainability goals in the process. Read more about it here.
The Textile Exchange
The Textile Exchange is a global non-profit that works to drive industry transformation in preferred fibers, integrity and standards and responsible supply networks. TBC is active on Textile Exchange, driving the thinking behind fiber material choices & other strategies to make fashion more sustainable.
Beauty and personal care
More ‘nature-aware’ consumers have highlighted the need to align personal care with planetary care and go beyond ‘no-harm’ approaches to work towards having a positive impact on environmental health. TBC’s work in the beauty and personal care sector focuses on helping companies develop policies and practices that not only achieve No Net Loss of biodiversity, but which contribute to Net Positive Impacts within value chains.
Agriculture and food production are one of the major drivers behind land use change, which has a dramatic impact on biodiversity decline and loss. Our work in the food and beverage sector helps companies understand their biodiversity ‘footprint’ and effect real change across the entire supply chain. Whether that is through better investments in nature, restoration of production landscapes, or avoiding the most damaging activities – supporting food producers to transition toward more sustainable and biodiversity-aware practices is vital to securing more resilient agricultural supply chains.
Science-based targets for nature and alignment with global goals
Biodiversity footprinting is central to the emerging science-based targets for nature. Building on the success of the movement and commitment to a 1.5°C climate goal, The Biodiversity Consultancy is a keen supporter of setting targets beyond carbon, for healthy global ecosystems.
We co-lead the Biodiversity Hub of the Science Based Target Network, together with UNEP-WCMC and IUCN, and are part of the team of scientists developing the methods to keep us within safe planetary boundaries and to enable the fair contribution to nature by companies and cities.
Contact us to find out more about how your business can take the first steps in understanding your impact and dependencies and to explore your readiness for science-based targets for nature and the post-2020 global goals.