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The European Business and Nature Summit will provide:

  • A forum to share the most recent progresses made by businesses and financial institutions to better account for their impacts and dependencies on nature.

  • A forum to engage businesses in integrating biodiversity and natural capital and related risks and opportunities into their decision making and on methodologies to inform decisions.

  • A place to collect and celebrate actions, methodologies and commitments to generate net positive impact for nature by the business community feeding into a New Deal for Nature and People.

  • The EBNS will bring together representatives from businesses and financial institutions, but also governments and civil society to share best business practice and facilitate action to halt the loss of biodiversity.


An Action Agenda for Nature and People was launched at the United Nations (UN) Biodiversity Conference in 2018. This agenda aims to catalyse actions from all sectors and stakeholders of society in support of biodiversity, and support the adoption of an ambitious post-2020 global biodiversity framework at the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the Convention on Biological Diversity taking place in 2020. This New Deal for Nature and People will, in its turn, be a basis for the post-2020 EU biodiversity strategy.

Seizing this global momentum the EBNS will strengthen the role of businesses in supporting nature conservation and its sustainable use. Supporting the Action Agenda for Nature and People the summit represents a key milestone in the engagement of businesses in this process and their commitments to nature conservation.

The EBNS is a two-day summit on business, biodiversity and natural capital co-organised by the European Business and Biodiversity Platform (European Commission), Ecoacsa, Fundación Empresa y Clima, Fundación Biodiversidad from Ministry for Ecological Transition – through the Spanish Business and Biodiversity Initiative – and the Ministry of the Environment of Finland and hosted by CaixaForum Madrid.

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Moderator: Ms Eva Zabey, Director, Redefining Value – World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

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PL1 — 9:30-10:00 Welcoming remarks

Mr Daniel Calleja, Director General for Environment, DG Environment, European Commission.

Mr Hugo Moran Fernandez, State Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Spain.

Ms Terhi Lehtonen, Secretary of State, Ministry of the Environment, Finland.

PL2 — 10:00-11:00 First high-level panel – Building action for nature and people

Mr Marcus Lehmann, Senior Programme Management Officer of the Convention on Biological Diversity (TBC).

Ms Anne Larigauderie, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Mr Valentín Alfaya, President of the Spanish Green Growth Group.

Mr Olaf Sleijpen, Director of Insurance, Dutch Central Bank.

Ms Alice Durand-Reville, Director of Corporate and Public Affairs, Danone.

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PL3 —11:30 – 12:45 - Second high-level panel - Kick-starting a European business commitment for nature

Mr Christian Heller, Senior Manager Corporate Sustainability Strategy, BASF.

Mr Jan-Willem Straatsma, Sustainable Livestock Farming Manager, Friesland Campina.

Mr Willem Ferwerda, CEO & Founder, Commonland.

Mr Leendert Jan de Olde, Director Ecodesign & Sustainability, Philips.

Mr Gautier Quéru, Director, Land Degradation Neutrality Fund (LDN Fund), Mirova.

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GS1 —14:00 – 15:15 - Business for Nature Coalition: progress on building commitments

Mr Martin Lok, Deputy Director of the Natural Capital Coalition.

Business for Nature representatives (TBC).

GS2 —14:00 – 15:15 - Science-based targets for Nature: how to apply them at the level of businesses

GS3 —14:00 – 15:15 - Towards Nature-related Accounting, Reporting and Disclosure

GRI representative (TBC).

Network for Greening the Financial System representative (TBC).

EU DG Fisma representative (TBC).

Natural Capital Finance Alliance representative (TBC).

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GS4 — 15:45 - 17:00 Accounting for Nature, towards common ground

Mr Johan Lammerant, Arcadis, Natural Capital Accounting workstream leader, EU B@B Platform.

Ms Annelisa Grigg, UNEP-WCMC, Lead of the “Aligning Biodiversity Measures for Business initiative”.

Mr Valentín Alfaya, H&S, Quality and Environment Director, Ferrovial.

GS5 — 15:45 - 17:00 Target and measure net positive biodiversity impact from a finance perspective

Ms Anne-Marie Bor, Finance Workstream Leader, B @ B EU Platform and Founder and Process Manager of NextGreen.

Mr Roel Nozeman, Senior Advisory Biodiversity, ASN Bank.

Mr Wijnand Broer, Partner, CREM.

GS6 — 15:45 - 17:00 Boosting sustainability innovation through biodiversity

Mr David Álvarez, Executive Director, Ecoacsa.

Ms Rosario Chan, Senior Manager, Global Sustainalbe Development, LafargeHolcim; and Raúl Pérez, Sustainable Development & Health and Safety Director at LafargeHolcim Spain.

Mr Antonio Calvo, Sustainability and External Relationships, Grupo Red Eléctrica.

Mr Isaac Nájera, Global Lead, Environment – Exploration & Production, Repsol.

PL4 — 17:00 - 17:40 Connecting the dots for Business and Nature

Mr Peter White, Ambassador, COP-15/Biodiversity, WBCSD.

PL5 — 17:50 - 18:00 Closing session: Lessons learned from Day 1

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Moderator: Ms Eva Zabey, Director, Redefining Value – WBCSD.

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PL6 — 09:00 - 09:20 Key note speech

Mr Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International.

Mr Peter White, Ambassador, COP-15/Biodiversity, WBCSD.

GS7 — 09:30 – 10:35 - Investing in green infrastructure and nature-based solutions at the local level

Ms Alicia Torrego, Director of Fundación Conama (moderator).

Mr Andrés Alcántara, Corporate Development Department Director, UICN Mediterranean

Ms Margarita Parés, Head of Biodiversity Programme, City of Barcelona.

Mr Michael Shwarze-Rodrian, EU Representative of the Regional Association Ruhr in Germany.

GS8 —09:30 – 10:35 - Strategies and frameworks to engage businesses on biodiversity

Mr Mark Van Oorschot, Nature and Rural Areas Department of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL).

Mr Javier Cachón, General Director on Biodiversity and Environmental Quality, Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition.

Martin Lok, Deputy Director, Natural Capital Coalition.

GS9 —09:30 – 10:35 - Combining forces: building the bridge between natural capital approaches

Mr Carl Obst, Director, IDEEA Group

Ms Claire Brown, Principal Technical Specialist | Ecosystem Assessment and Policy Support, UNEP-WCMC (TBC).

Mr Johan Lammerant, Arcadis, Natural Capital Accounting workstream leader, EU B@B Platform.

Ms Marta Santamaria, Policy Director, Natural Capital Coalition.

Mr Mark Eigenraam, Director, IDEEA Group.

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GS10 — 11:00 —12:15 - Linking the biodiversity and circular economy agendas

EC Representative on EU Circular Economy Action Plan (TBC).

Mr Brendan Edgerton, Director Circular Economy, WBCSD.

Foretica representative (TBC).

Ms Begoña de Benito,Director of External Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility at Ecoembes, Ecoembes.

GS11 — 11:00 —12:15 - Engaging with biodiversity throughout the supply chain

Ms Alison von Ketteler, Manager FSC Ecosystem Services Programme, FSC Europe.

Mr Eduardo de Miguel, Director of Fundación Global Nature.

Japan Tobacco (TBC).

GS12 — 11:00 —12:15 - Finance roundtable

Mr Joaquín Garralda, President, Spainsif (moderator).

Ms Muriel Caton, Durable Finance Director, Vigeo Eiris.

Spanish Association for Investor Relations, ARIE (representative TBC).

Amundi AM (representative TBC).

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PL7 — 12:15 - 13:30 High-level panel

Mr Thomas Verheye, Principal Advisor Green Finance & Investment, European Commission.

Ms Bernedine Bos, Director of Services, CSR Europe.

Mrs Kimberly Nicole Pope, World Economic Forum.

International Chamber of Commerce (TBC).

Mr Mark Gough, Executive Director, Natural Capital Coalition.

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For further information, please send us an email to lars.mueller@ec.europa.eu or yann.verstraeten@icf.com, or davidalvarez@ecoacsa.com, mpferrer@ecoacsa.com or ecarles@empresaclima.org, cdomenech@empresaclima.org.


As stated in the event objectives, the European Business and Nature Summit is specifically targeted at decision-makers from businesses from all sectors and financial institutions. Organisers reserve the right to refuse any application which does not conform to the programme objectives in order to guarantee a wide variety of businesses and financial institutions representatives.

Registration requests will be assessed against these objectives by organisers who in the following days/weeks will confirm or deny each request by email.


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