According to the World’s Economic Forum’s 2021 Global Risks Report, the loss of biodiversity is considered among the highest global risks in its likelihood and impact. Biodiversity loss has critical implications for humanity, including disruptions to food chains and health systems. For corporations, biodiversity challenges can also pose significant disruptions to business operations and supply chains.
At Facebook, we know that our operations and facilities have an impact on local habitats. We take action to limit our impact on biodiversity where possible, while also working closely with local organizations and communities to restore habitats and ecosystems.
Supporting Biodiversity in Communities Where We Operate
Across our global facilities, we take a preventative approach to reduce our impact on biodiversity, while implementing design elements and supporting projects that help protect and restore local habitats. A key example is our beekeeping program at our Clonee data center in Ireland, where we are supporting the country’s All-Ireland Pollinator Plan by helping to cultivate bee hives. We created and currently maintain a much-needed pollinator habitat for the region’s bee population.
Preventing illegal wildlife trafficking is another key aspect to protecting biodiversity. In addition to implementing standards and policies to prevent the spread of illegal activities on our platforms, we are actively collaborating with environmental organizations to create solutions and features on our platforms that advance understanding of the harmful impacts of wildlife exploitation.
In 2020, we worked with the World Wildlife Fund to launch a new feature on Facebook to prevent wildlife trafficking online and educate users on the impacts of wildlife exploitation