Topic: Natural Resources
BE03

Natural resources are managed to respect the welfare of ecosystems, people and animals

A Future-Fit Business preserves the health of all natural resources it directly manages, as well as that of all ecosystems and communities impacted by sourcing activities it conducts itself (e.g. farming, fishing, hunting, rearing animals, mining).

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About this goal

As demand for natural resources increases, so does the pressure placed on the ecosystems, people and animals that contribute to their delivery. The emphasis here is on causing no harm as a result of the physical management and extraction of natural resources.

This includes but is not limited to:

  • Harvesting renewable resources, such as trees or fish, at rates that do not reduce nature’s capacity to regenerate them;
  • Extracting non-renewable resources, such as metals, in ways that do not systematically damage surrounding ecosystems and communities;
  • Respecting the welfare of animals; and
  • Avoiding conflict and human rights violations when mining valuable minerals.

Note that this goal applies to a company’s own activities. Natural resources which are purchased from suppliers are covered separately, by the Procurement goal.

To be Future-Fit, a company must do two things:

  1. It must preserve the health of all natural resources it manages; and
  2. It must protect the health of any ecosystems and communities impacted by its own harvesting and extraction activities.

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BE03: Natural resources are managed to respect the welfare of ecosystems, people and animals