About

We help our clients to achieve an ecologically sustainable basis for development, delivering practical solutions for managing biodiversity risk and achieving positive conservation outcomes.

TBC team photo Norfolk 2016Founded in 2006, The Biodiversity Consultancy rapidly became a key player in the world of business and biodiversity through our practical and rigorous approach. We are based in Cambridge, UK with a presence in Australia, Brazil, Guinea, India and USA.

Almost ten years since our launch, clients retain us because we are ecologists who understand the business context. We deliver solutions to complex biodiversity challenges such as how to achieve an overall No Net Loss or Net Gain for biodiversity, International Finance Corporation Performance Standard 6 (IFC PS6), Critical Habitat, Protected Areas, biodiversity offsets, biodiversity metrics and indicators, and risk-based ecological impact assessment. Our focus on biodiversity and ecosystem services means we provide stronger analytical skills, networks and policy knowledge than generally available in larger consultancies.

You can download a summary of who we are and what we do in English, French or Spanish.

Working with industry and civil society

UntitledBased in Cambridge, UK (a world centre for biodiversity science and conservation) our consultancy links and works across the academic, NGO, private and public sectors. From this unique perspective, we offer a resource for problem solving and a platform for cross-sector engagement. We facilitate NGO stakeholder engagement for industry, and chaired the Rio Tinto Madagascar NGO Panel for several years. We work with IUCN on industry biodiversity management and co-lead the IUCN biodiversity offsets resolution taskforce.

Both the IFC and European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) turned to TBC to help develop their environmental safeguards (IFC PS6 2012, EBRD PR6). TBC conducted the first field pilots of IFC PS6 2012 and delivered the first projects against these new lending requirements. We have developed dedicated expertise in quantitative, clear metrics for biodiversity, and this core capacity lays a foundation for several emerging business needs including measurement of gain and loss of biodiversity in impact assessment (metrics and currencies), offset design and monitoring / evaluation protocols.

Learn more about our projects and our research and policies.

Our people

TBC team Norfolk 2016TBC’s team is notable for hands-on biodiversity expertise developed through a broad range of backgrounds, including international conservation NGOs, research, policy development and corporate social responsibility. Most of our consultants have gained at least 10 years in these fields before joining TBC. Combining a clear biodiversity and ecosystem services focus with an in-depth understanding of private sector and government needs, we are ideally positioned to deliver innovative, pragmatic solutions to emerging biodiversity management challenges.

Learn more about our people.

Internship opportunities

From time to time, TBC employs interns to give talented and promising graduates an insight into the world of business and biodiversity and to share our passion for achieving sustainable development. We are looking for outstanding graduates and postgraduates who have a clear and strong interest in developing a career in the field of biodiversity management and are particularly keen to hear from individuals who intend to pursue their conservation careers in Africa, Asia-Pacific or Latin America. For more information visit our job vacancies page or email recruitment@thebiodiversityconsultancy.com

Our values

We are a dynamic team of people from a wide range of backgrounds, brought together by a shared passion for the environment. Sound ecological values inform all our work and conduct. It is important for us as a company and as individual ecologists that we live our values.

Through our staff-led Conservation Fund, we donate 12.5% of our profits to environmental causes

In 2016 we are supporting:

Angel sharkZSL’s Angel Shark project – we are proud to be helping to secure the future of Critically Endangered Angel Sharks throughout their last remaining stronghold in the Canary Islands. Our funding is helping to develop the project’s crucial education programme with sports fishing operators and with the identification and protection of critical nursery sites.

 

SavSanta Monica parakeeting the Santa Marta Parakeet – we are supporting ProAves’ work in Colombia to protect the Endangered Santa Marta Parakeet. The parakeet is found in the Sierra Nevada, the most important mountain in Colombia for biodiversity, where their cloud forest habitat is under threat from conversion into land for cattle ranching and holiday homes. The Rainforest Trust has matched our funding to help ProAves purchase prime habitat bordering the El Dorado reserve.

 

pine martenReintroducing pine martens to England and Wales – a little closer to home we are very pleased to be playing our part in supporting the Vincent Wildlife Trust to re-establish populations of native pine martens to England and Wales. We were delighted to hear that in June 2016 the first kits were born in the wild in Wales.

 

barn owlSupporting wildlife and nature on our doorstep – we are proud platinum sponsors of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust. The Trust manages 126 nature reserves in the local area.

 

In 2015 we supported:

  • ProAves, Colombia to help purchase land and so increase the size of the reserve RNA Chamicero De Perija, in northern Colombia, on the Venezuela border.
  • Guyra Paraguay to support the management of the San Rafael Reserve Area for National Park.
  • People affected by Ebola in Guinea – together with the local Guinean organisation, Enviro Africa, we donated essential supplies and supported an educational campaign.
  • Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust a fantastic local conservation organisation.

Our greening policy

We follow best practice by avoiding and minimising our own environmental impacts and offsetting any residual emissions. Our environmental policy informs every decision we make about our own business from catering to travel to energy supplies to pensions.

  • We monitor our own impact carefully, with targets to reduce water and energy use.
  • We reduce our environmental impact by minimising business travel, encouraging cycling through our cycle scheme.
  • We use Green Energy for the supply of electricity.
  • All TBC catering is vegetarian and Fairtrade where possible.
  • We use recycled materials where ever possible and purchase energy efficient equipment.
  • We champion recycling.
  • In 2016 we are supporting the Makira project in Madagascar through carbon credits in our mission to offset the carbon emissions we produced the previous year and become carbon neutral.