The Sri Lanka Business and Biodiversity Platform (SLBBP) was established in August 2012 as a programme of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), by its Initiating Partners – the CCC, Dilmah Conservation (DC) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).
Biodiversity Sri Lanka (BSL) is a national platform entirely owned and driven by the private sector, established to promote strong engagement of the corporate sector in biodiversity and environmental conservation in Sri Lanka.
BSL actively promotes strong leadership of the private sector in the areas of biodiversity and environmental conservation, through the provision of technical support, sharing of information, knowledge and experience, the promotion of best practices through active learning and understanding mechanisms and by initiating and facilitating dialogue between State and civil society partners and the private sector, advocating biodiversity-friendly policies and positive instruments that campaign for the conservation of Sri Lanka’s fragile environment.
BSL’s overall mandate is to help raise awareness on biodiversity and sustainability issues amongst the Sri Lankan business community. Working to assist companies in understanding biodiversity and related issues, as well as to mainstream it into their core businesses, BSL has the ultimate aim of ensuring that a majority of Sri Lankan companies will eventually be on a sustainable ecological footing with vastly reduced negative impacts on our biodiversity.
All of BSL’s functions and activities are geared towards the achievement of the following:
- To add economic value to biodiversity conservation and integrate it into the core business of companies.
- To promote national cooperation and the exchange of ideas and information relating to biodiversity conservation.
- To strengthen and increase the involvement of the private sector in biodiversity conservation