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Partnership for Pollinators

Pollinator populations are declining rapidly, with 9 per cent or more of many wild bee and butterfly species facing local extinction. This has serious implications for companies and their supply chains – a recent global assessment of the status of pollinators highlighted that around three-quarters of food crops depend on pollination, making pollinators worth up to US$577 billion annually.

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is working with a group of pollination experts, including the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the University of East Anglia (UEA), to help business take action. The Partnership for Pollinators aims to help companies understand and manage the risks posed by pollinator decline – to improve their supply chain resilience, and protect the natural ecosystems on which they rely.

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Supply chains at risk as wild pollinators decline, finds new Cambridge report

13 April 2018 – Companies face potential shortages of raw materials, a fall in crop quality and challenges around security of supply because of an emerging pollination deficit, a new report funded by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative has found.

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The pollination deficit: Towards supply chain resilience in the face of pollinator decline

April 2018 – Companies face potential shortages of raw materials, a fall in crop quality and challenges around security of supply because of an emerging pollination deficit, according to a report authored by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the University of East Anglia (UEA).

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Why pesticide bans are too simplistic to solve the pollination deficit

13 April 2018 – Dr Gemma Cranston, Director, Natural Capital, CISL makes the case for leadership group of companies committed to safeguarding pollinators. She calls for tangible action from business that provides positive outcomes for the spectrum of pollinators and benefits to corporate supply chains.

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Helen Ford, Programme Director, Business Insight