If you believe that there is a risk of your suppliers contributing to diminishing biodiversity, and you wish to include this topic in the annex to your Code of Conduct, you can add the following requirements to your Code of Conduct by clicking on "Save to clipboard".

Protecting biodiversity can be a natural extension of the company's ongoing CSR activities. In future, it will not be enough to create solutions within individual areas such as climate, energy and water: companies are expected to make a fundamental contribution to preserving, protecting and restoring ecosystems wherever the company operates and exerts an influence.


a. The supplier has the necessary permits to operate in or alter the natural environment and ecosystem (e.g. within or nearby a protected area or high conservation value area - rainforest, lake, etc.).

b. The supplier complies with any other legal requirements regarding operations in and alterations of the natural environment (e.g. GMO/biodiversity/ environmental impact assessment carried out prior to the operation).

c. The supplier affirms the commitment to operate within the framework of international conventions addressing biodiversity (e.g. the Convention on Biological Diversity, Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the CITES Convention).

d. The supplier documents positive and negative impacts on the natural environment, ecosystems and/or specific species of high conservation status (e.g. IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species).

e. The supplier documents that its products or production methods have no or only limited negative impact on biodiversity (e.g. no alien invasive species).

f. The supplier clearly labels products containing GMOs or indicates if GMOs have been used in the production process.

g. The supplier has not had any spills or unintended releases of GMOs (e.g. within the last two years).

h. The supplier documents that employees have been adequately trained to handle GMOs and have the right competencies.

i. The supplier’s facilities and operations are not positioned or taking place within or close to sensitive ecosystems and or protected areas.

j. The supplier clearly attempts to prevent, minimise and remedy significant biodiversity impacts (e.g. through planting of native species, areas set aside to restore natural habitats, environmentally friendly practises in agriculture, forestry, mining, etc.).

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Biodiversity is defined in the Biodiversity Convention as the variation between all living organisms from different ecosystems, including diversity between species and between species and ecosystems.

Biodiversity can be threatened if the supplier's operations and activities affect the flora and fauna, or are detrimental to the natural environment. This impact can, for example, be due to new infrastructure and the development of mining operations, offshore activities, extraction of natural resources, deforestation, draining of marsh and swamp areas and/or lakes in order to create new agricultural areas, emissions of hazardous substances to vulnerable nature areas and ecosystems, or the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

The supplier must ensure that measures are taken to prevent, mitigate and remedy significant impacts on biodiversity. The measures taken must be in accordance with national statutory requirements, international conventions, agreements, the precautionary principle and best practice.


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The international protection of biodiversity takes place primarily via the Convention on Biological Diversity from 1992 (the Biodiversity Convention) which commits countries to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. The Convention also includes provisions on the national ownership of biodiversity, the fair and equitable sharing of its technological utilisation, and the transfer of technology and economic assistance to developing countries. There are also EU regulations and international agreements to protect particular species of wild flora and fauna, and their habitats.

The Biodiversity Convention (Convention on Biological Diversity) Together with 189 other countries and the EU (as of October 2008) Denmark has ratified the UN's Biodiversity Convention, which was adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992. The purpose of this Convention is to protect biological diversity, promote the sustainable use of natural resources and ensure the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilisation of genetic resources.

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