“Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)" is becoming an increasingly important activity to businesses nationally and internationally. CSR activities are now being undertaken throughout the globe. Nearly all leading corporates in India are involved in CSR programmes in areas like education, health, livelihood creation, skill development, and empowerment of weaker sections of the society.
That’s where CEC comes in. By far the most important thing we can invest in, is our future and what better than a clean and green future for the generations to come. We provide you with a number of avenues to explore environmental awareness and sustainable lifestyles. We conduct customized employee sensitization workshops, wilderness camps, eco-days celebrations and provide volunteering opportunities. Register for any of the programmes and make a difference for your staff and company.”
BIODIVERSITY AND BUSINESS TOGETHER MAKE GREEN ECONOMY
BNHS Programmes for CSR
Biodiversity and business go hand in hand. In today's changing times, being biodiversity friendly is long term planning. Companies that assess their impacts and reliance on nature are better placed to manage risk and grown sustainable. The on-going loss of ecosystem services often results in substantial costs to businesses. For example, In 2007, the collapse of honey bee colonies was estimated to have cost US producers US$15 billion. Globally the ecosystems services which are primarily free have been estimated to be 33.3 trillions USD worth.
Additional in 2010, the Convention on Biological Diversity developed 20 biodiversity (Aichi) targets which countries have to achieve by 2020(See Annexure 1).. The aim of theses is that By 2050, biodiversity is valued, conserved, restored and wisely used, maintaining ecosystem services, sustaining a healthy planet and delivering benefits essential for all people. It will be a cumulative effort by the government, companies, civil society and general public to fulfil these targets.
In light of the new Companies Act which is scheduled to be implemented in 2014-15, where the CSR definitions are redefined, it is not only important that companies make money and give away some for social cause. The emphasis is also on how the money is made and how and where it is spent while addressing the CSR mandate. CSR which is also known the triple bottom-line approach — Sustainability in Environment, Social Community & Business and is the gateway to drive businesses into green comfort zone. Assigning a biodiversity target to all CSR activities carried out by companies will be a smarter way to project the company of good light supporting the triple bottom line.
BNHS is actively seeking out progressive companies who aim to grow sustainability, and offer a range of services through Conservation Education Centres in Mumbai and New Delhi, under CSR mandate areas of; promotion of education, women empowerment, environmental sustainability and employment enhancing vocational skills. The biodiversity targets achieved through these activities are mentioned in brackets.
- Promotion of Education (Target 1):We have following programmes that will benefit municipal/government school students and teachers as well as college students.:
- After School Programmes: This offers multiple sessions in science education throughout the school year for 5-9 standard students. Each session is six weeks long, and courses meet once or twice a week from 3.30 to 5.30 p.m.
- Teacher Training Workshops for science teachers: A 3-day workshop on integration on environmental studies into the school curriculum will help teachers to teach the subject in an effective manner.
- Science Research and Mentoring programmes for undergraduates: At the BNHS Nature Reserve, the habitat monitoring studies are held throughout year. The science students from junior and degree colleges could join these studies are gain field knowledge. They will also earn additional marks for participating in these surveys.
- Internships in Environmental Sciences for undergraduates: The Conservation Education Centers offer three month summer internships, the undergraduates could learn basic job skills that will help them better placements on completion of their graduation.
- Women Empowerment (Target 1,19):Under this section, we have formulated following capacity development programmes for women employees working with municipal/government schools, colleges and self-help groups
- Professional Development Programme for Science Educators: This will include a three month course aiming to enhancement of communication and writing skills, content development and science knowledgebase.
- Environmental Leadership Workshop for Leaders: A three-day workshop for education administrators which will cover topics such as Biodiversity Conservation, Leadership, Conflict management, working with volunteers, Social Marketing and Fundraising.
- Internet and Communication Technology Workshop for Science Educators (Target 19): A two-day workshop on infusing ICT skills in day to day working. The workshop will explore the online resources and platforms which will bring in affectivity and innovation.
- Environmental Sustainability (Target 1,3,4,9,18): These include a range of activities that benefit the company operations as well as the environment.
- Environmental Literacy Programme for Employees: This will be a day long workshop will held to sensitize the employees about the green lifestyle practices that will benefit them and their workplace.
- Establishment of Biodiversity Parks and Theme Gardens: These could be established within the company/plant premises as per the space availability. This will support and enhance local biodiversity such birds, bees and butterflies.
- Employee Engagement Programme in Wilderness( Target 9): This includes adventurous activities that will be carried out on 33 acre BNHS Nature Reserve in Mumbai and Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary in New Delhi. The activities includes such as tree plantation, building checkdams, clearing and cleaning of nature trails, removal of invasive species, seed collection and preparation of sampling bags for forest nursery.
- Green Volunteering programme for Employees/ Customers: The participants could volunteer with the day to day activities of the Conservation Education Centres which includes conducting educational programmes, developing educational materials, helping in data management, promotion of programmes and so on.
- Tree Ambassador Programme: At the BNHS Nature Reserve there are several wild trees which have been nurtured by BNHS for past 30 years. These trees are put up for adoption for 1-5 years. Companies could adopt such trees and get their name tag on the tree as a Tree Ambassador Through this programme, seasonal updates about the tree are sent along with photographs.
- Citizen Scientist Programme: At the BNHS Nature Reserve, the habitat monitoring studies are held throughout year. The employees could participate in these studies and help BNHS in data collection, data entry and data analysis.
- Green Rewards Programme for Customers (Target 3): This could be part of the incentive programme which the companies could pass on their customers. The green rewards could include free day tour at BNHS Nature Reserve, free participation in BNHS camps or a win annual BNHS membership for a family, celebrate a green birthday at the Conservation Education Centres, adopt a tree and so on.
- Employment enhancing vocational skills (Target 18): This include a Nature Guide Training Programme wherein the local youth around a national park/sanctuary could be trained supporting ecotourism and local economy. The highlight of the programme will be the traditional knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities.
ANNEXURE 1: AICHI BIODIVERISTY TARGETS
|Strategic Goal A: Address the underlying causes of biodiversity loss by mainstreaming biodiversity across government and society|
By 2020, at the latest, people are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably.
By 2020, at the latest, biodiversity values have been integrated into national and local development and poverty reduction strategies and planning processes and are being incorporated into national accounting, as appropriate, and reporting systems.
By 2020, at the latest, incentives, including subsidies, harmful to biodiversity are eliminated, phased out or reformed in order to minimize or avoid negative impacts, and positive incentives for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity are developed and applied, consistent and in harmony with the Convention and other relevant international obligations, taking into account national socio economic conditions.
By 2020, at the latest, Governments, business and stakeholders at all levels have taken steps to achieve or have implemented plans for sustainable production and consumption and have kept the impacts of use of natural resources well within safe ecological limits.
|Strategic Goal B: Reduce the direct pressures on biodiversity and promote sustainable use|
By 2020, the rate of loss of all natural habitats, including forests, is at least halved and where feasible brought close to zero, and degradation and fragmentation is significantly reduced.
By 2020 all fish and invertebrate stocks and aquatic plants are managed and harvested sustainably, legally and applying ecosystem based approaches, so that overfishing is avoided, recovery plans and measures are in place for all depleted species, fisheries have no significant adverse impacts on threatened species and vulnerable ecosystems and the impacts of fisheries on stocks, species and ecosystems are within safe ecological limits.
By 2020 areas under agriculture, aquaculture and forestry are managed sustainably, ensuring conservation of biodiversity.
By 2020, pollution, including from excess nutrients, has been brought to levels that are not detrimental to ecosystem function and biodiversity
By 2020, invasive alien species and pathways are identified and prioritized, priority species are controlled or eradicated, and measures are in place to manage pathways to prevent their introduction and establishment.
By 2015, the multiple anthropogenic pressures on coral reefs, and other vulnerable ecosystems impacted by climate change or ocean acidification are minimized, so as to maintain their integrity and functioning.
|Strategic Goal C: To improve the status of biodiversity by safeguarding ecosystems, species and genetic diversity|
By 2020, at least 17 per cent of terrestrial and inland water, and 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services, are conserved through effectively and equitably managed, ecologically representative and well connected systems of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures, and integrated into the wider landscapes and seascapes.
By 2020 the extinction of known threatened species has been prevented and their conservation status, particularly of those most in decline, has been improved and sustained.
By 2020, the genetic diversity of cultivated plants and farmed and domesticated animals and of wild relatives, including other socio-economically as well as culturally valuable species, is maintained, and strategies have been developed and implemented for minimizing genetic erosion and safeguarding their genetic diversity.
|Strategic Goal D: Enhance the benefits to all from biodiversity and ecosystem services|
By 2020, ecosystems that provide essential services, including services related to water, and contribute to health, livelihoods and well-being, are restored and safeguarded, taking into account the needs of women, indigenous and local communities, and the poor and vulnerable.
By 2020, ecosystem resilience and the contribution of biodiversity to carbon stocks has been enhanced, through conservation and restoration, including restoration of at least 15 per cent of degraded ecosystems, thereby contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation and to combating desertification.
By 2015, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization is in force and operational, consistent with national legislation.
|Strategic Goal E: Enhance implementation through participatory planning, knowledge management and capacity building|
By 2015 each Party has developed, adopted as a policy instrument, and has commenced implementing an effective, participatory and updated national biodiversity strategy and action plan.
By 2020, the traditional knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities relevant for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and their customary use of biological resources, are respected, subject to national legislation and relevant international obligations, and fully integrated and reflected in the implementation of the Convention with the full and effective participation of indigenous and local communities, at all relevant levels.
By 2020, knowledge, the science base and technologies relating to biodiversity, its values, functioning, status and trends, and the consequences of its loss, are improved, widely shared and transferred, and applied.>
By 2020, at the latest, the mobilization of financial resources for effectively implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 from all sources, and in accordance with the consolidated and agreed process in the Strategy for Resource Mobilization, should increase substantially from the current levels. This target will be subject to changes contingent to resource needs assessments to be developed and reported by Parties.