We're boosting biodiversity in support of our planet, human health and the economy.
Biodiversity has an important role to play in human health, our planet and the economy. It underpins food security, helps fight disease and provides the basis for many of the largest industries in the world.
We are committed to playing our part in boosting biodiversity and helping our people to play their part too. We spend time teaching our people about ways they can support pollinators in their gardens at home.
We know we can do even more to boost biodiversity. That's why we are reviewing our approach and finding ways to do more.
By encouraging bees to thrive, we're strengthening the growth of plants, food and healthy ecosystems.
Since 2014 our Canary Wharf office roof has been home to two honeybee colonies, with a total of 80,000 bees. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, our colleagues had the opportunity to swap their work-suits for beekeeper-suits to visit our friends on the roof. Led by our Urban Bee Head Beekeeper, our colleagues were able to learn about the positive impact pollinators have on boosting biodiversity, both across our estate and in their own homes.
To further support the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs' (DEFRA) National Pollinator Strategy, we help solitary bees by placing bee hotels and planting pollinator flowers across our estate.
In support of the 2021 World Environment Day theme of Ecosystem Restoration, we held a colleague learning session on the important role of bees and other pollinators on the ecosystem, and the ways colleagues can continue to support these insects at home.