Corporate accountability for biodiversity and species extinction: evidence from organisations reporting on their impacts on nature

Abeer Hassan*, Lee Roberts, Kimberly Rodger

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to investigate to what extent organisations disclose on accountability for biodiversity and species extinction (B/E). We present some examples of what disclosure looks like from forward-thinking companies that have been engaging in tremendous efforts to protect and preserve nature. Our justification for this paper is to provide guidance and encourage other companies to disclose transparently. We believe that B/E accountability is essential in post Covid-19 reporting as the lack of valuing, promoting and investing in biodiversity is considered to be one of the main drivers of the Covid-19 pandemic. The study's sample is the Top 200 companies from the Fortune Global with the years 2012, 2014 and 2016 and companies' websites in 2019. We believe that our paper is providing some guidance on how to repair nature and eliminate biodiversity loss. This is because organisations are reliant on natural capital resources for survival. Also, biodiversity loss and extinction can significantly affect social, economic and financial viability for survival. Our results have some implications for practitioners, policymakers and academics.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages27
JournalBusiness Strategy and the Environment
Early online date6 Oct 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Oct 2021

Keywords

  • biodiversity accounting/reporting
  • extinction accounting/reporting
  • threatened species
  • corporate accountability
  • SDGs

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