United States Business Council for Sustainable Development

identifying and implementing member-led projects to conserve or enhance ecosystems while creating new business value and benefit to communities where they operate.

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Ecosystem services such as fresh water, climate regulation, and flood prevention are essential to the productivity and viability of most global supply chains. Ecosystems integrate land, water, energy, climate, food supply and other critical issues in complex interdependencies. Yet historically business economics neither quantifies nor supports their value. 

US BCSD members and projects drive progress in valuing, conserving and enhancing ecosystems services. Collaboration in powerful peer-to-peer projects like the Corporate Pollinator Ecosystem Project drives results and strengthens partnerships. US BCSD’s projects are mindful of the need to understand, value and protect ecosystem services. For example, the Louisiana Coastal Zone Game helps diverse stakeholders understand the ecosystems services others derive, while the Coastal Zone Resiliency Financing Initiative is exploring innovative ways to identify, quantify and monetize ecosystems services in vulnerable coastal regions.

Apply for the Monarch Sustainer of the Year Award

The Monarch Sustainer of the Year Award is an initiative to recognize business in supporting the long‐term viability of monarch butterflies by the U.S. Business Council on Sustainable Development and the Pollinator Partnership.

The Corporate Pollinator Ecosystem Project

The Corporate Pollinator Ecosystem Project (C-PEP) works with corporations to identify and quantify pollinator habitats established and maintained at their various facilities and/or properties (referred to as sites in the survey results below) to help revive declining honey bee, monarch butterfly, and other pollinator populations. The information gathered in the 2016 survey will assist in understanding gaps in pollinator activities on corporate lands, highlight successful actions, and aid in the development of additional activities that will be beneficial to pollinators and aid in stabilizing their declining populations. 

C-PEP is a joint US BCSD and Pollinator Partnership project. The US BCSD co-leaders are Susan Kelsey of General Motors and Greg Cekander of Waste Management, Inc. Thank you to all the corporations and sites who participated in the survey. 

Results Summary 

Below are the results from the 2016 C-PEP Survey. Each section summarizes the responses to various questions asked of corporate sites across the United States. Not every site answered every question and not every question was applicable to every site, but, generally speaking, there was a strong response from those who participated. Several highlights discussed in further detail below include; the majority of sites have pollinators in their corporate sustainability goals, 3,414 acres are actively being managed for pollinators, no sites are using non-native species exclusively for pollinator habitat projects, and sites are managing for a variety of pollinators, not just a select popular few. 

74 sites in the United States participated in the 2016 C-PEP Survey

  • 46 sites are actively managing for pollinators
  • Approximately 3,414 acres actively being managed for pollinators
  • Combined, the 74 sites manage an estimated 52,606 acres

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Path to Scale

Idea: corporations are doing good work individually pollinators, but there's a gap in understanding the full scope of pollinator activities and opportunities on corporate lands.

Action (present): kick-off the C-PEP project to better understand these gaps and identify key action opportunities.

Scale: using this information, develop action plans for additional pollinator activities at corporate sites around the US.

Acres being actively managed by for pollinators

Are pollinators included in corporate sustainability goals?

What pollinator actions are being taken at your site?

What kind of pollinators are being managed?

There are many opportunities for developing additional pollinator habitat on corporate sites; the Pollinator Partnership and US BCSD hope that this initial C-PEP survey will provide insight on current activities and motivation for additional actions in the years to come.