The 2018 International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity and highlights the progress made in the achievement of its objectives at national and global levels.
The theme of the day is: Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity.
But what is biodiversity exactly?
“Biodiversity is the foundation for life and for the essential services provided by ecosystems. It underpins peoples’ livelihoods and sustainable development in all areas of activity, including economic sectors such as the chemical industry. By halting biodiversity loss, we are investing in people, their lives and their well-being,” says Deidré Penfold, Executive Director of the Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA).
“Breathable air, potable water, fertile soils, productive lands, bountiful seas, the equitable climate of Earth’s recent history, and other ecosystem services are manifestations of the workings of life. It follows that large-scale human influences on the environment have tremendous impacts on human well-being. It also follows that the nature of these impacts, good or bad, is within the power of humans to influence,” says Penfold.
All companies can have an impact on biodiversity in the course of their business - because they use natural resources, produce or consume products, own and manage areas of land, or finance other activities which have direct and indirect impacts.
“As CAIA members we can lessen any negative impacts on the earth’s biodiversity by adhering to the principles of Responsible Care®, as indeed all our members have been doing. CAIA is immensely proud of its members’ dedication to the Responsible Care® initiative,” says Penfold.