In the context of International Day for Biological Diversity, held on 22 May, it is important to recall that biodiversity is the basis of our way of life. Biodiversity provides us with health, water, food, fuel and the vital resources on which our existence depends, as indicated in the Convention on Biological Diversity.
At some point of their value chain, most companies depend directly or indirectly on ecosystems and the services that they provide. This relationship is much closer in water cycle management companies.
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the inauguration of a master’s degree on social action in which I am going to have the great opportunity to participate as a teacher. It is not at all that I am an expert in social action, but it is true that in my career (and also as a volunteer) I have worked in various spheres, both in the social sector and in private companies, which have allowed me to forge a vision half way between these two worlds. Indeed, on this master’s degree, on which above all NGO workers are participating, a teacher coming from a multinational presented herself as a worker from the “dark side”. Everyone present understood and accepted the term with great ease, but the coordinator was quick to point out that it is not a question of good and bad but rather of building bridges between the two sectors. But there it was, that simple statement which conceals a myriad of prejudices, misunderstandings and assumptions which determine what the employees from either “side” think.
We are just a few days away from one of the most important world summits of this century, the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP21.
The aim of this summit is to establish a before and an after in international agreements reviewing the objectives and commitments of countries in the face of climate change, completely renewing the Kyoto Protocol. This meeting is of crucial importance for the future of the planet, and the involvement of all, both developed and developing countries, is one of the major challenges to change the trend of a rapid increase in the planet’s average temperature and its consequences.