The objective of the survey is to better understand
how SMEs consider their relationships with nature, what type of support SMEs
require to integrate nature within their activities and how this support should
be provided. You can access the survey through this link until 18 November.
Depending on your responses, the survey will take around 10-15 min to complete.
survey primarily targets SMEs, but it is also open to other stakeholders
including business associations, NGOs and international organisations
representing or engaging with SMEs. Respondents should aim to answer from a
business perspective which reflects the majority of their members or of the
community they are representing. To gain insights from as many relevant
stakeholders as possible, we would also kindly ask you to circulate the link to
the survey among your network and/or community.
Context and objectives
the state of nature and biodiversity continues to decline at a dramatic rate,
more and more businesses start questioning their relationship with nature with
the objective to improve their long-term resilience and viability. While most
large corporates have the resources at hand to investigate these questions,
this is an important challenge for SMEs. This is especially true in the current
25 million SMEs operating in the EU employing together around 100 million
people, SMEs represent the backbone of the European economy. Creating a
European Business for Biodiversity Movement will therefore only succeed if SMEs
are fully engaged and empowered. But important questions remain unanswered:
- How do European SMEs consider
their relationship with nature?
- What are the best practices
that pioneering SMEs have developed to date?
- What type of support do SMEs
require to further progress on this journey?
To answer these questions, the EU B@B Platform
launched a new SMEs and Nature survey with the Capitals
Value Nature and the Enterprise
Europe Network. The objective of the survey is to
better understand how SMEs consider their relationships with nature, what type
of support SMEs require and how this support should be implemented.
results of the survey will be used to inform future programmes that will:
- Support SMEs to better
understand the risks and opportunities linked to the loss of nature for
- Identify what concrete actions
SMEs can put in place to mitigate these risks, maximise these
opportunities and improve their decision making;
- Identify how SMEs can improve
their positive impacts and reduce their negative impacts on nature;
- Support SMEs strengthening
their business models and resilience to future shocks; and,
- Better understand the costs and
benefits associated with these activities.
Completing the survey will help us understand how to
best support SMEs addressing this topic. The results of the survey will be
discussed during the
European Business & Nature Summit held
on 8 and 9 December. Following the Summit, concrete support activities
targeting SMEs will be deployed by the EU B@B Platform and its partners in