Our key takeaway: Many companies are taking action to prevent or slow biodiversity loss through their own policies and initiatives, and in their supply chains. They may be missing the boat, however, when it comes to their membership in trade associations. New research shows that some of the most influential industry associations are seeking to “delay, dilute and rollback” new regulatory efforts to address the “twin crises” of biodiversity loss and climate change. Given the high level of lobbying influence that many associations have, there is a major opportunity for companies to leverage their membership into action for policy outcomes that align (and advance) with their own individual commitments to biodiversity and climate change. Step one is understanding the policy positions that trade associations are taking; then, companies should use their voice individually or collectively to push for the priorities they want to see—and to challenge lobbying that risks causing more harm to people and the planet.
Think tank InfluenceMap conducted a study of influential trade associations around the world to assess their performance with regard to promoting biodiversity-protecting policies. “Industry Influence on Biodiversity Policy: A Pilot Study Demonstrating Industry Associations’ Engagement on Biodiversity-related Policy and Regulations” (October 2022):