One Planet Business for Biodiversity (OP2B) is an international cross-sectorial, action-oriented business coalition on biodiversity with a specific focus on agriculture. We are determined to drive transformational systemic change and catalyze action to protect and restore cultivated and natural biodiversity within the value chains, engage institutional and financial decision-makers, and develop and promote policy recommendations that promote nature-positive biodiversity. The coalition is focused on three pillars: scaling up regenerative agriculture; enhancing cultivated biodiversity; and protecting high-value ecosystems.
Biodiversity is indispensable to both food security and sustainable development. It supplies many vital ecosystem services, such as creating and maintaining healthy soils, pollinating plants, controlling pests and providing habitat for wildlife, including for fish and other species that are vital to food production and agricultural livelihoods (FAO).
The growing global population is putting greater strain on conventional agricultural systems, which increase production through additional chemical inputs and developing more land for agriculture – both of which exacerbate the stresses on biodiversity. It is necessary to transform conventional agricultural methodologies to a regenerative approach that underlies the importance of increasing biodiversity.
By engaging in pre-competitive collaboration and innovation, businesses can have a tremendous impact in shifting both production methods and consumption habits. The result of this open exchange can create production processes that are more efficient, all the while creating new market opportunities resulting from diversified products. The resulting ecosystem is more beneficial for nature, biodiversity, and livelihoods.
Moreover, an increase in cultivated biodiversity makes businesses less susceptible to catastrophic agricultural shocks and increases their ability to adapt to shifts in consumer demand, creating resilience.
OP2B members are present in every level of the agricultural value chain across multiple sectors. These companies are collaborating in a pre-competitive environment to create social, nature and biodiversity positive outcomes for all stakeholders. We are coalescing a movement of ambitious actors and providing both the tools and a forum that enable the impactful change that is needed to achieve a more sustainable future.