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Biodiversity as a circular business opportunity - WCEF2021 Accelerator Session

Biodiversity as a circular business opportunity - WCEF2021 Accelerator Session

Businesses depend on biodiversity in many ways which are still unknown. This event digs into the business opportunities and dependencies connected to biodiversity, exploring how businesses can work to safeguard biodiversity.

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  • September 15, 2021 at 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
  • Online

The circular economy provides opportunities for businesses to address not just climate change but also biodiversity. This is key both for managing risks from disruptions and ensuring future profits from species yet unknown to us. An economic transformation is needed to ensure a future within the planetary boundaries – which is a necessity for human well-being. Circular solutions can tackle biodiversity loss in an economically viable way by giving us more value from what we have, not least by designing out pollution, reducing land use and keeping things in the economy.

The session will present results from recent studies that explore the relationship between the circular economy and biodiversity and showcase viable circular business cases that address the loss of biodiversity. Improving the state of natural habitats and addressing the loss of biodiversity is complex, but it is possible. The session will also discuss the data and indicators required to measure the impact of businesses on biodiversity from a business and investor perspective.

This event is an Accelerator Session at the World Circular Economy Forum 2021.

Organisers

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation works in education and training, business and government, insight and analysis, systemic initiatives and communications to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra is a future-oriented organisation building a fair and more sustainable tomorrow for all of us. The World Circular Economy Forum WCEF is a global initiative of Sitra and Finland.

Agenda (subject to change)

17:30 UTC+3
Welcome!

Tim Forslund, Specialist, Circular economy for biodiversity, Sitra (moderator)

Keynote: Biodiversity as a business opportunity

Akanksha Khatri, Head, Nature and Biodiversity, World Economic Forum

Circular economy and biodiversity - recent research findigs

Soukeyna Gueye, Project Manager, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Ashley Gorst, Engagement Manager, Vivid Economics

Keyvan Macedo, Sustainability Director, Natura & Co

Jukka Kajan, Head of Stakeholder Relations, Beanit

How to reach the potential of the circular economy for biodiversity?

Miika Korja, Specialist, Climate and nature solutions, Sitra (moderator)

Jess McGlyn, Corporate Engagement Lead, Science Based Targets Network

Christopher Kaminker, Head of Sustainable Investment Research and Strategy, Lombard Odier

Merijn Dols, Global Director of Open Innovation & Circular Economy for Food, Danone

Wrapping up and final remarks

Emma Sairanen, Sitra
Tim Forslund, Sitra

18.45
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