Session 3 - Beyond Reputation: Cooperation between Companies and NGOs

Wednesday, 18th April 2012

The aim of this session is to shine light on the new kind of collaborations that are started between companies and NGOs. These collaborations extend beyond reputation and bring benefits for the company, the NGO and biodiversity.


Hans Friedrich, Regional Director for Europe, IUCN (moderation)
The International Union for Conservation of Nature is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization.

Eduardo de Miguel, Executive Director, Fundación Global Nature

Managing-Director at Fundación Global Nature since 1998 and Secretary-General of Fondo Patrimonio Natural Europeo (European Natural Heritage Fund) between 1996 and 1999. He has drafted and/or managed more than 14 projects funded by the European Commission, mainly LIFE and INTERREG Programmes, among others. He is a lecturer and coordinates different courses related to the Environment and the Common Agricultural Policy.

Rashila Kerai, Biodiversity Programme Manager, Holcim

She is responsible for managing the global biodiversity programme at Holcim Group Support Limited in Switzerland. She is also the relationship manager for Holcim’s partnership with IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature. She joined Holcim Group Support in 2007 to work with IUCN to develop the Biodiversity Management System. Prior she worked at Holcim (US) as a senior environmental specialist. Rashila has over 17 years experience in environmental consulting, environmental management, and policy and strategy development. She is a licensed professional engineer with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil/environmental engineering and a Masters in Business Administration.


Marion Hammerl, Executive Director, Lake Constance Foundation

Marion Hammerl has been President of the Global Nature Fund since 2002 and the Director of the Lake Constance Foundation since 1997. Additionally she is co-founder of the ECOCAMPING Association (environmental management for camping sites) and member of the board of directors. She is the co-founder and actual president of the Spanish Foundation Fundación Global Nature in Madrid, co-founder of ECOTRANS-España. This organization is a Spanish member of the European network ECOTRANS (Network of organisations and experts in 12 European countries dealing with tourism and sustainability).
The Lake Constance Foundation is part of the European Business & Biodiversity Campaign that aims to strengthen private sector commitment for biodiversity and ecosystem services.


Jim O'Brien, President, UEPG

UEPG stands for "Union Européenne des Producteurs de Granulats" (European Aggregates Association, Europäischer Gesteinsverband). Aggregates are a granular material used in construction. The most common natural aggregates of mineral origin are sand, gravel and crushed rock. UEPG represents the European Aggregates Industry in Brussels, now with Members in 31 countries. On behalf of its Members, UEPG actively lobbies the European institutions and other stakeholders on issues key to the industry.
Our vision is a Sustainable Industry for a Sustainable Europe. Our mission is to be the Industry Champion and a trusted Partner. UEPG Core Values are to be Open, Transparent and Honest. We have a particular focus on health and safety, access to local resources, recycling, excellence in environmental stewardship and biodiversity.

17/18 April, 2012
Stuttgart, Germany

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