The role of animal agriculture in biodiversity loss: focus on meat and dairy production in the food sector

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School of Business | Bachelor's thesis
Date
2021
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(Mikkeli) Bachelor’s Program in International Business
Language
en
Pages
58 + 3
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Objectives The main objectives of this study were to investigate businesses’ attitudes on making and achieving biodiversity commitments, to better understand their responsibilities in preventing biodiversity loss, as well as draw attention to businesses’ role and responsibilities on biodiversity loss, and their responsibility to be accountable for the consequences their operations cause. Summary The research aimed at investigating livestock farmers’, and meat and dairy processors’ role in biodiversity loss. The global context was studied through literature review from multiple perspectives: biological harm and benefits, policies regarding biodiversity, and CSR commitments. Finnish corporate attitudes were further explored by semi-structured interviews. Conclusions The role and responsibilities of livestock farmers and companies processing animal-based products remain unclear regarding biodiversity loss. The abstractness of biodiversity loss commitments makes them hard to understand and measure, which further poses challenges in establishing concrete action. Although the interviewees generally thought that the biodiversity is important and relevant issue, attitudes towards it were identified as a problem.
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Rikkonen, Pasi
Keywords
biodiversity, biodiversity loss, animal agriculture, corporate responsibility, meat industry, dairy industry, food industry
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