Protecting and enhancing biodiversity
We operate in cities, on coasts and in the country. Biodiversity is vital to maintaining a resilient natural environment. A resilient natural environment is vital to the sustainable development of our businesses.
It is our policy that our operating companies will pay due regard to biodiversity considerations in their operations. We will ask them to identify key biodiversity risks and to take steps to mitigate them.
Biodiversity is key to a resilient natural environment. We need to protect and enhance the ecosystems we operate within, and impact upon, to help nature flourish.
The United Nations has estimated that human activities cause the extinction of three animal or plant species every hour – or 30,000 species a year. We are dependent on biodiversity. Up to 40% of the global economy is based on biological products and services. Ecosystem services provided by nature (pollination, climate regulation and leisure) have been valued at up to USD$145 trillion per year.