BETHESDA, MD, October 12, 2022 – WHC (Wildlife Habitat Council) offers a new white paper available for download today, Building Sustainable Supply Chains | How Nature-based Solutions Can Address Operational Risks. The white paper is sponsored by Ramboll and is available for free on our website.
Much like nature depends on a complex web of relationships between various species, the private sector also relies on symbiotic connections between suppliers and consumers. Driven by pressure from both investors and consumers, more companies are recognizing that to have a net-zero impact on the environment, they must address biodiversity and climate risks across their supply chains.
This white paper explores how corporations at every tier of the supply chain are responding to industry-specific challenges while embracing opportunities to enhance biodiversity. Companies in certain supply chain tiers, such as extraction, have direct impacts on biodiversity and climate, while those in industries like manufacturing often have more indirect impacts. As such, no one approach to integrating biodiversity into the supply chain will work for all companies. By identifying and implementing locally appropriate, nature-positive actions that align with regional sustainability goals, the private sector can address the risks associated with their operations across the supply chain.
Case studies in the white paper include:
- CEMEX: Rockfield Quarry, California, USA
- Davey Resource Group: WSSI Native Habitat, Virginia, USA
- Exelon: Benning Service Center, Washington, DC, USA
- Freeport-McMoRan: Cerro Verde Facility, Arequipa, Peru
- Georgia-Pacific: Leaf River Cellulose, LLC, Mississippi, USA
- ITC: Right-of-Way at Tomlinson Arboretum, Michigan, USA
- Solvay: Paulínia Site, São Paulo, Brazil
- Toyota: Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, Texas, USA
- WM: WM Laconia Transfer Station, New Hampshire, USA
For over 30 years, WHC has been promoting and certifying ecological stewardship action on corporate lands through partnerships and education. Since only 10-15% of the world’s land surface is protected, private lands provide an essential opportunity for restoring and protecting biodiversity. As the only international conservation NGO focused exclusively on the private sector, WHC provides a framework for voluntary conservation action on a wide variety of corporate lands. WHC’s corporate members represent some of the leading national and multinational corporations seeking to support sustainable ecosystems and the communities that surround them. These efforts have resulted in more than 1,000 certified programs across 47 states and 28 countries.