Biodiversity Sri Lanka (BSL) is a not-for-profit company established by Dilmah Conservation in collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Sri Lanka Country Office and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC). The establishment was set up in response to demand for a platform where private sector businesses can come together and voice their needs and concerns regarding strengthening the link between business and biodiversity conservation, learn from peers and share experience and best practice. Chaired by Dilhan C. Fernando, younger son of Dilmah Founder, Merrill J. Fernando and Director of Dilmah Tea, BSL has gained a large membership since its inception, with over 60 leading corporate organizations being enlisted as members.
Safeguarding biodiversity is integral to sustainable development, competitiveness, economic growth and employment. Biodiversity Sri Lanka will benefit business by contributing to the development of Principles of Best Practice Implementation, providing access to sectoral best practices concerning biodiversity conversation through the Resource Centre of the BSL website, and highlighting outstanding contributions to biodiversity conservation through an award system. BSL also recently launched a project ranking scheme to help assess biodiversity projects in order to fine-tune and gear projects towards addressing national conservation priorities and ensure their sustainability.