Results for practice


  Focus group discussion with consumers: Need for information on biodiversity when buying food (only german)

19. April 2023

Based on the results of the representative consumer survey of June 2022, a focus group discussion was conducted in February 2023 in order to deepen the need for information on biodiversity in food purchasing. In the online discussion round, it was discussed which information is important to consumers, how detailed they want to be informed, whether differences are made between different product groups, how consumers want to be informed about measures to protect biodiversity and when information is perceived as reliable. The explorative study serves as a basis for a further planned representative survey on the willingness to pay for biodiversity-friendly food.


  Biodiversity and Food Production - Consumer Awareness, Attitudes and Willingness to Act (only german)

27. October 2022

In order to determine the attitudes of consumers towards biodiversity and their behavioral intentions when buying food, the Center for Technology and Society (ZTG) of the Technical University of Berlin conducted an online survey with 1,028 people between 18 and 75 years of age in June 2022. The main topics of the survey are knowledge about biodiversity, awareness of the impact of food production on biodiversity, and related attitudes and prioritizations of the respondents, e.g. according to benefit considerations. Furthermore, the willingness to act for the conservation of biodiversity (e.g. by buying biodiversity-friendly products) and the expectations of consumers regarding biodiversity conservation towards food producers were surveyed.


  Biodiversity in Life Cycle Assessment, Factsheet for corporations

7. October 2022

Impact Assessment of Land Using Processes on Biodiversity This factsheet gives a brief insight into the underlying methodology - in the BioVal project - for assessing biodiversity impacts, which was created for the target group of companies.


  BioVal living lab Seeberger: Vision on the social effects (only german)

7. October 2022

The company Seeberger GmbH has been part of the research project BioVal - Biodiversity Valuing & Valuation since 2021. The BioVal project aims to develop a scientific method on the biodiversity impacts of food production and to support companies in anchoring the protection and promotion of biodiversity in their management. Seeberger was already working with a questionnaire prior to the BioVal project, with which they evaluated the sustainability performance of their suppliers. In the course of the project, this questionnaire will be revised so that the protection and promotion of biodiversity can be recorded in a differentiated manner. In addition, Seeberger is conducting a risk analysis to better address the ecological risks of the various suppliers. As part of the formative evaluation of BioVal, the scientific team discussed with Seeberger at the beginning of the project which output and social effects should be achieved with the transdisciplinary cooperation in the BioVal project.


  BioVal living lab Ritter Sport: Vision on the social effects (only german)

4. August 2022

Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG has joined the BioVal research project as a practice partner in 2021 and is pursuing the goal of finding out what demands the company should make on its raw material procurement in order to be able to contribute to the preservation and promotion of biodiversity in the supply chain. Specifically, the impact of individual raw materials on biodiversity is to be mapped in order to integrate this information into the procurement process. The initial focus is on the raw materials cocoa, milk and palm oil. As part of the formative evaluation of BioVal, the scientific team together with Ritter Sport discussed at the beginning of the project what output and social effects should be achieved with the transdisciplinary collaboration in the BioVal project


  Consideration of biodiversity in companies of the German food industry (only geman)

5. March 2022

The white paper "Consideration of biodiversity in companies of the German food industry" has examined the status quo of biodiversity management in companies of the German food industry: Is biodiversity considered in the management of companies? Which measures are implemented? How is the effectiveness measured? What are the opportunities and challenges? Which stakeholder groups are involved in the alignment of biodiversity measures? The authors Lynn Alber from fjol GmbH, Verena Timmer and Julius Wenzig from the ZNU - Center for Sustainable Corporate Management at the University of Witten/Herdecke show that the protection of biodiversity is generally considered relevant in the German food industry. This is because food systems are highly dependent on functioning ecosystems. Nevertheless, biodiversity has not yet been prioritized, especially in operational processes, and has not been implemented via already established procurement instruments.


Social values

The aim of this research module is to collect social values on biodiversity and food production and the awareness of the connection between food production and biodiversity in Germany.

Impact assessment of biodiversity

The aim is to optimise the impact assessment of biodiversity in LCA in a practical way and to add diffuse effects and aquatic biodiversity.

Biodiversity in companies

Together with the companies FRoSTA AG, Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG and Seeberger GmbH, living labs are being used to work out how the effects of corporate and production processes on biodiversity along the food value chain can be better recorded and taken into account in decisions.

Transdisciplinary integration

The goal of transdisciplinary integration is to bring together the knowledge from the three research modules and to develop it further together with the living lab companies and other companies, for example in the biodiversity working group.