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European Business and Nature Summit 2021


30 Nov 2021 09:30 to 01 Dec 2021 11:30




Sustainable Dev.

Event Location


Event Description

Scaling up business action for nature

30 Nov - 1 Dec 2021 – VIRTUAL EVENT

Registrations are open

Business leaders and policymakers will meet on 30 November and 1 December at the 2021 European Business and Nature Summit (EBNS) - a high-level political and technical forum - to capitalise on the growing awareness that businesses impact and depend on nature and the ecosystem services it provides. They will aim to mobilise the business community and strengthen the European "Business for Biodiversity movement" called upon by the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030.

The goal of EBNS 2021 is to strengthen the dialogue between businesses and policy makers.

A number of companies are already taking action for nature but it is only through combined efforts of public and private actors that a sufficient change of scale can be achieved. Following the first part of the UN Biodiversity Summit COP 15 and ahead of COP 15 Phase two in 2022, this is a unique opportunity to prepare for a global agreement that will kick start the transformation of our economic and financial systems.

The decisions made during the COP15 and COP26 summits will have long-lasting impacts for companies, economies and societies. With the European Green Deal, Europe is leading by example, creating pathways for a nature-positive, carbon neutral and equitable world. EBNS 2021 will provide insights on the form these decisions could take in 2022.

Confirmed speakers include: Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for Environment, European Commission; Bérangère AbbaSecretary of State for Biodiversity French Ministry of Ecological Transition; Jean-Laurent Bonnafé, CEO BNP Paribas ; Ilham Kadri, CEO Solvay ; Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO EDF;  Catherine MacGregor, CEO Engie;  Patrick Pouyanné;  CEO TotalEnergies;  Magali Anderson, CSO Holcim,  Sylvie Goulard, Deputy Governor, Banque de France, and many more.

Roundtables and discussions

Plenary #1 Towards a nature positive world: scaling up actions in a post-Covid-19 context

Plenary #2 Nature, climate and land-use: managing risks and trade-offs in an integrated approach

Plenary #3 International supply chains and imported biodiversity loss across sectors

Closing Plenary  Collective actions to mainstream nature in economic life and align economic recovery with ecological transition

As business and finance are becoming more aware of their dependence on nature, they are finding that successful business solutions to tackle biodiversity loss and climate crisis already exist, and many of these solutions are financially rewarding. However, a profound and broad mindset shift from business leaders is required to adopt such models at scale. EBNS 2021 will give participants an opportunity to share best practices, experiences and solutions from businesses and business networks across Europe and regions where European businesses are active, and discuss how to scale up these solutions through consistent business voluntary actions and public policies.

Following the UNFCCC COP26 and the official opening of UNCBD COP15, and ahead of the French presidency of the EU in the first half of 2022, EBNS 2021 will gather high-level public and private decision-makers to discuss and agree on a course of action for leading a biodiversity-friendly recovery in Europe.

The Summit will offer a mix of high-level plenary and in-depth thematic parallel sessions on topics such as:

  • Tackling climate crisis and biodiversity loss - nature-based solutions, and their role in the economic transition
  • Raising nature in corporate governance, management practices and economic decisions
  • Innovations along companies' supply chains to preserve biodiversity
  • Pioneering SMEs reinventing their relationship with biodiversity
  • Dialogue between policy makers and business to accelerate change
  • Business contribution to global biodiversity targets
  • Natural capital and biodiversity risks, nature-positive investment and sustainable finance

EBNS 2021 is organised as a virtual event. The sessions will be in English, with French interpretation available. Consult the preliminary programme.

The Summit welcomes businesses of all sizes – from SMEs to large corporations and financial institutions and representatives of the public sector - for one and a half days of stimulating discussions, knowledge exchanges, and networking opportunities. Members of scientific community or non-governmental organisations interested in business action are also welcomed to participate.

For more information

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Getting involved

Business networks willing to support the organisation of the Summit, through facilitating its visibility, and organising side events are invited to reach out to the event organisers.

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