*Raise awareness in your supply chain

Review Action 23 on Page 22 of ‘Businesses: actions to help pollinators’ guidelines for ideas on how to encourage suppliers in your ‘value chain’ to engage further with nature.

To start with, consider promoting the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan to suppliers by sending them the guidelines.

SMART targets to assess supplier progress might include:

    • Have you sent your suppliers the AIPP ‘Businesses: actions to help pollinators’ guidelines plus relevant ‘thematic’ guidelines?
    • How many suppliers do you have? How many are signed up to the AIPP? What is the increase in number signed up to the AIPP annually? How many suppliers have reported/mapped to AIPP (now mandatory)?
    • Have you engaged your suppliers in an AIPP ‘Lunch & Learn’ session?
    • Are your suppliers SMART targets included in your ESG/CSR for the year?

N.B. Agri-food Processors should guide farm suppliers and growers to review specific evidence-based Farmland: actions to help pollinators guidelines. There are also step-by-step guidelines for Food Processors supply chains developed in conjunction with Bord Bia Origin Green’s food sustainability programme.

Review Procurement/Tendering suggestions on Pages 28 & 29 of ‘Businesses: actions to help pollinators’ guidelines.

*Raise awareness in your local community

Review the outline suggestions at Action 24 & 25 on Pages 23-25 of ‘Businesses: actions to help pollinators’ guidelines to encourage local communities in your ‘value chain’ to engage further with nature, including by sponsoring pollinator-friendly projects.

For a list of ‘Recommended sponsorship activities’ refer to the table on Page 24 of the Businesses: actions to help pollinators guidelines. 

Other organizations which may provide a suitable sponsorship structure include:

When sponsoring pollinator projects, make sure your business

Ecological/wildlife corridors

Review the outline suggestions at Action 25 on Page 25 of ‘Businesses: actions to help pollinators’ guidelines to develop ecological/ wildlife corridors in your local area

As you review opportunities to create ecological corridors, consider making contact with the Biodiversity Officer in your area. Use Actions for Pollinators (GIS) to identify other pollinator-friendly sites in your area.

Activities might include:

      • Collaborating with other businesses in your business/industrial park to create areas of interconnected habitat through reduced mowing and pollinator-friendly planting. Or, where relevant, agreeing a common management strategy for Grounds Maintenance staff, Landscape/Facilities Management Contractors or Asset Managers.
      • Working with farmer neighbours adjacent to your business site to deliver evidence-based actions such as interconnected native hedgerows.
      • Connecting with others in the community to create a network of interconnected ecological corridors e.g., other businesses, local community groups, schools, faith communities, sports clubs, golf courses etc.

NATIONAL SPONSORSHIP: larger corporates may consider developing and sponsoring a national pollinator project or may consider funding national pollinator research Action 33 Page 29 of ‘Businesses: actions to help pollinators’ guidelines. To discuss potential initiatives, contact: [email protected].

*Raise awareness with employees

Review the outline suggestions at Action 26 on Page 26 of ‘Businesses: actions to help pollinators’ guidelines.

    • Share the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan newsletter with your employees.
    • Explain how your business is engaging with the AIPP, and encourage them to take part in helping pollinators themselves.

Other activities might include:

      • Providing employees with an opportunity to assist with on-site pollinator actions as part of a ‘Bring Your Wellies to Work’ day e.g., ‘Native tree planting day’, ‘Bulb-planting day’.
      • Allowing employees to take part in citizen science pollinator monitoring schemes to track changes on your business site e.g., Flower-Insect Timed Counts or Bumblebee Monitoring Scheme.
      • Providing employees with information on how they can be more pollinator-friendly in their own gardens, balconies, or outdoor spaces.
      • Regularly sharing AIPP resources with your employees e.g., sports clubs, faith communities, local communities.

For employees in larger corporates you might consider engaging employees on your site with:

    • An annual competition around key pollinator-biodiversity dates (e.g. World Bee Day 20 May) for gardeners/novice gardeners and nature lovers such as: Wild Bee Garden, Perfect Pollinator Pots/Planters, Beautiful bulbs for bees (spring), Sunflowers for bees.
    • An inter-sites competition such as ‘Best Planter’ assigning a planter to a department to plant and care for or ‘Best Meadow’ (through reduced-mowing).
    • A Pollinator-biodiversity photo competition.

Here are some ideas for encouraging employees to interact with pollinators and nature in their own gardens, balconies, or outdoor spaces:

      1. Pledge Your Garden’ for pollinators and start taking/mapping evidence-based actions in your outdoor space. Or plant a Pot for Pollinators.
      2. Learn more about bumblebees through: a ‘Lunch & Learn’ webinar, in-person workshop, free online short course, free downloadable bumblebee poster, or bumblebee swatch
      3. Become a garden Recording star through the Flower Insect Timed Count (FIT Count) (via App) or the March-October (monthly) Bumblebee Monitoring Scheme.
      4. Tell their Community about the AIPP with the following guidelines: school and Junior Pollinator Plansports club, , golf club or faith community.
      5. Find out what’s happening in their area e.g. GAA Green Clubs, Grow It YourselfCommunity Gardens, Tidy Towns or Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.
      6. Ask Garden Centres or nurseries for pollinator-friendly products including: Eco-alternatives to Pesticides, Pesticide-free bulbs/plants/trees, Peat-free compost, Irish and local-provenance native trees.
      7. Sign up to the AIPP Mailing List to receive the monthly newsletter
      8. Connect with us on social media:  X/Twitter @PollinatorPlan | Instagram: @allirelandpollinatorplan