BS 8583:2015 Biodiversity. Guidance for businesses on managing the risks and opportunities

BS 8583:2015

Biodiversity. Guidance for businesses on managing the risks and opportunities

Status : Confirmed, Current   Published : February 2015



What is this standard about? 

With the UK now committed to halting overall loss of biodiversity by 2020, in line with the European Biodiversity Strategy and UN Aichi targets, there is a growing need for a business to report its biodiversity impacts, dependencies and responses. 

BS 8583 was developed to fill the gap among existing standards on sustainable development, social responsibility and environmental management. It provides specific guidance on biodiversity issues. It will help organizations to incorporate biodiversity considerations into their management systems, so that they protect and enhance biodiversity through their everyday operations.

Who is this standard for?

  • Organizations seeking to manage their biodiversity impact for business benefit
  • Corporate compliance officers
  • Chief sustainability officers
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) leaders 

It should also be of particular interest to anyone who has bought BS EN ISO 14001, BS ISO 26000 or the BS 8900 series.

Why should you use this standard?

The new standard describes a four-step process to enable immediate improvements in biodiversity. It provides examples of biodiversity opportunities and risks, all in the context of global, national and local targets plus UK policies and initiatives. It also:

  • Explains what biodiversity is and why it is relevant to businesses and other organizations
  • Describes how to assess your biodiversity impact
  • Explores ways to manage biodiversity, for example through supply-chain and land management
  • Gives advice on planning for biodiversity protection and enhancement

NOTE: BSI has also developed a smart guide that provides an introduction to the benefits of BS 8583 and tells you how to use the standard to manage biodiversity risks and opportunities.

Standard NumberBS 8583:2015
TitleBiodiversity. Guidance for businesses on managing the risks and opportunities
StatusConfirmed, Current
Publication Date28 February 2015
Confirm Date15 May 2020
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)No other standards are normatively referenced
Informative References(Provided for Information)BS 42020:2013, Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006, BS EN ISO 14001, Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, 2000/60/EC, National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949, BS 8903, Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010
Draft Superseded By14/30282814 DC
DescriptorsQuality control, Ecology, Nature conservation, Construction works, Assessed quality, Testing organizations, Personnel, Capability approval, Organizations, Conformity, Physical planning, Acceptance (approval), Environmental engineering, Approval organizations, Certification (approval), Calibration, Inspection, Approved organizations, Quality auditing, Inspectorates
ISBN978 0 580 82959 8
File Size1.423 MB

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