The Ferrero group has confirmed its participation in the international Cocoa and Forests Initiative (CFI), through joining other global firms in producing action plans to tackle deforestation and support key African farming communities.
An assessment which calculates how much Scotland's natural capital is worth has been carried out for the first time, estimated at £273bn.
The plants, animals, and micro-organisms that are the bedrock of food production are in decline, according to a UN study.
Plants, animals and micro-organisms crucial to indirectly upholding the human diet are dying out, study shows
This long-term failure to incorporate nature into decision-making had led to over exploitation of the natural environment and under investment in maintaining biodiversity, she told the first ever National Biodiversity Conference, which is being staged at Dublin Castle.
Green Growth Knowledge Platform asked thought leaders to share their insight on new approaches to wealth accounting and the challenges of moving beyond GDP.