Since 2008, the VfU has been particularly concerned with the issue of biological diversity and its relevance within the financial sector. In cooperation with the Centre for Sustainability Management (CSM) at the Leuphana Universität Lüneburg (Germany) and other contributors, the „VfU Forum Biodiversity“ task force compiled these biodiversity principles. The development of the principles was facilitated by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN, Bundesamt für Naturschutz).
The following principles serve as a guide for business companies within the financial services and insurance sectors, helping them develop individual strategies and integrate the conservation of biodiversity into their business practices and offering a recommended course of action. They help individual companies further specify and implement specific biodiversity management strategies.