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Thematic Event: Protecting Biodiversity – Why Conservation Should Be Made a Business Priority

April 22, 17:30 - 21:00


This event will happen as a face to face event and we will strictly follow our Covid-19 Schutzkonzept.

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The current decline in nature and biodiversity is unprecedented. In order to preserve species and ecosystems, the time for action – on a global and local level – is now.

In May 2021, the international community will meet at the fifteenth UN Convention on Biological Diversity summit (COP 15) in Kunming, China, to agree on actions for the next crucial decade. This will be a critical moment to unite states to protect and restore nature. In 2017, the Swiss Federal Council already adopted the Swiss Biodiversity Strategy, outlining a plan to halt biodiversity loss and conserve ecosystem services in Switzerland. However, Switzerland’s biodiversity remains in an unsatisfactory state.

The long-term sustainability of businesses depends on the conservation of biodiversity. While the level of dependency can vary across sectors, the loss of biodiversity is a critical risk for all. A failure to take biodiversity into account could lead to reduced food supplies, disrupted supply chains, economic loss from floods or fires — we are far from knowing the full impact of biodiversity loss in our interconnected ecosystems.

Therefore, it is essential that non-state actors get involved and take action. Businesses need to make biodiversity conservation a priority to understand and rethink their relationship with nature. Financial companies could measure and incorporate nature-related risk in a way that is similar to the management of climate change risks. And on a local level, communities and individuals should likewise look for ways to take steps and push for change.

In light of the urgent need for action to protect and restore nature, this thematic event will discuss the importance of biodiversity conservation and ecosystem restoration, its relationship with climate change, and the roles for state and non-state actors.

Join us to talk about questions, such as:

– What are the impacts of nature loss and what should states do to tackle the main drivers?

– How can businesses contribute to the protection and restoration of nature? And what specific role could an insurance company play?

– What is needed to catalyze societal action for biodiversity? And what can you do?


17:30 – 18:00 Registration

18:00 – 18:15 Welcome by GreenBuzz and by AXA

18:15 – 19:15 Speaker inputs by

Judith Walls,  Professor at the Institute for Economy and the Environment of the University of St. Gallen and director of the Chair for Sustainability Management

Fee Reinhart, Sustainable Finance Specialist at WWF Sustainable Finance

Renata Pollini, Head of Water & Biodiversity at LafargeHolcim

Rasmus Nutzhorn Viemose, Global Vice President Sustainability and Future Innovation at Ricola

Franka Bosman, Sustainability Manager at AXA

19:15 – 19:25 Wrap up

19:25 – 21:00 Apéro / Buzzing

Discounts and Free tickets

Employees of our corporate partners can gain free tickets for this event. Please check here if your employer is a member of GreenBuzz and use your corporate discount code to register.

Due to the Covid-19, we will follow distancing guidance and protection measures. For more information about our protection measures, see our Covid-19 Schutzkonzept.

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