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NilsDroste

Nils Droste

Docent

NilsDroste

What makes businesses commit to nature conservation?

Författare

  • Marlen S. Krause
  • Nils Droste
  • Bettina Matzdorf

Summary, in English

To halt the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services, various actors including companies need to engage, but it is not yet clear what drives voluntary business commitments. We explore leverage points that might increase corporate action for conservation. We apply a structural equation model based on the theory of planned behaviour to analyse data from 618 German companies, collected through an online-survey in 2019. We show that a favourable attitude, driven by perceived business relevance and benefit prospects, fosters engagement. Perceived difficulties, such as lacking finances and knowledge, hinder the engagement. Customers, employees and the general public are presently the only stakeholder groups that drive corporate conservation engagement. Nevertheless, the expectation levels of virtually all stakeholders were found to be quite low and as such inadequate for the ecological crisis we face. We discuss how political will and goal setting can encourage more widespread business support for the natural environment.

Avdelning/ar

  • Statsvetenskapliga institutionen
  • BECC: Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate

Publiceringsår

2021

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

741-755

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Business Strategy and the Environment

Volym

30

Issue

2

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Ämne

  • Political Science

Nyckelord

  • biodiversity
  • corporate responsibility
  • ecosystem services
  • structural equation modelling
  • sustainable development
  • theory of planned behaviour

Aktiv

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 0964-4733