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BCSDA Team Grows with Nature Experts for 2024 Initiatives

SYDNEY, 8 DECEMBER 2023 – The Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia (BCSDA) is proud to announce the strategic expansion of its management team with the appointment of two experts in nature conservation, Rayne Van Den Berg and Angela Hawdon.

These appointments will greatly expand BCSDA’s work in natural capital, particularly in the implementation of the first science-based targets for nature through the Science-based Targets Network, the Task Force on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) as well as the Australian development of our Nature Positive Roadmaps under the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. Both Rayne and Angela will also help BCSDA leverage the world-class Nature Positive resources from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and configure them for Australian businesses.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rayne and Angela to the BCSDA team,” said Andrew Petersen, CEO at BCSDA, which represents Australia's business sustainability leaders. “Their expertise in sustainable development and biodiversity and natural capital accounting conservation is world leading. Rayne's ability to pragmatically navigate the complexities of the TNFD, combined with Angela's deep understanding of biodiversity and her strategic approach to ecosystem management, are invaluable assets. These appointments also underscore BCSDA’s commitment to driving forward-thinking sustainability initiatives across Australia.”

Rayne brings a wealth of experience in strategic planning, sustainable development and impact reporting. With a proven track record in leading multi-disciplinary teams from a diverse variety of industries, Rayne’s expertise will be invaluable in steering BCSDA's navigation of the TNFD and better impact reporting.

"I am looking forward to working with BCSDA members in 2024 to bring the value Nature into urgent focus for Australian businesses. By forming cross-sectorial working groups, we aim to formulate solutions to avoid and reverse biodiversity loss, reduce climate change and prevent other nature risks whilst finding the transformational value chain opportunities and insights to make better strategic and operational decisions for a truly sustainable future,” said Rayne.

Angela is renowned for her work in biodiversity conservation and ecosystem management. Her strategic insights will be instrumental in contributing to the development of Australia's Nature Positive Roadmap under the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.

“I'm excited to be to supporting BCSDA members as they develop their Nature Positive Roadmaps and, when implemented, reap the benefits that healthy ecosystems can provide to business,” said Angela.

Together, Rayne and Angela will play a critical role in amplifying BCSDA's impact on Australia's sustainability landscape. They will lead efforts in promoting nature-positive practices among Australian businesses, aligning with global trends and commitments towards a more sustainable and resilient future.

The TNFD framework is a ground-breaking initiative that guides businesses in assessing and disclosing nature-related financial risks and opportunities. BCSDA is at the forefront of implementing these guidelines in Australia, through its partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. And as the Australian focal point for the Business for Nature Coalition and the Capitals Coalition, the development of Australia’s Nature Positive Roadmap will be a realised visionary plan that aims to integrate biodiversity considerations into corporate strategies, ensuring that businesses contribute positively to Australia’s rich natural heritage. The roadmap will serve as a blueprint for sustainable business practices across the nation. Also, the upcoming Australian Nature Positive Summit, scheduled for October 2024, and co-hosted by the Australian Government and the New South Wales Government, will be a significant moment in time.

About BCSD Australia

The Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia (BCSD Australia) established in Australia in 1991 is the national peak body representing forward-thinking companies and organisations that are working towards the transition to a sustainable Australia. BCSD Australia’s mission is to accelerate this transition by making sustainable business more successful.

In 2014 the organisation was appointed Australia’s Network Partner for World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

BCSD Australia’s members believe that by integrating social and environmental impacts with financial results, business lowers its risk profile, makes better decisions and creates the solutions needed to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

BCSD Australia’s members include leading Australian businesses, from all sectors, who share a commitment to economic, environmental and social development. It represents member companies, public sector enterprises and institutions, BINGOs and community organisations, which in turn represent 120,000 + Australian employees.

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