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Transforming business practices

Since its creation in 1948, IUCN has been engaging the private sector to help conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.

The Global Business and Biodiversity Programme (BBP) was established in 2003 to influence and support private partners in addressing environmental and social issues. The Programme's key priority, based on a strategy approved by the IUCN Council, is to engage the business sectors that have a significant impact on natural resources and livelihoods. These include large 'footprint' industries such as mining, and oil and gas, biodiversity-dependent industries including fishing, agriculture and forestry, financial services and “green” enterprises such as organic farming, renewable energy and nature-based tourism.

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Aluminium Stewardship Initiative unveils new global standard for sustainability

16 December 2014 -- Leaders from the aluminium sector today unveiled a new comprehensive standard that aims to improve the industry’s environmental, social and governance performance throughout its entire value chain, including plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

After a year-long development effort, the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) Performance Standard will address issues relevant to the production and stewardship of aluminium, from extraction of bauxite to the producers of commercial and consumer goods and the recycling of pre- and post-consumer aluminium scrap. The Standard focuses on eleven key issues: business integrity, policy and management, transparency, material stewardship, greenhouse gas emissions, emissions, effluents and waste, water, biodiversity, human rights, labour rights, and occupational health and safety.

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Read the ASI Performance Standard - now available in seven languages on the ASI website

 

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How can business contribute to protected areas?

The IUCN Business and Biodiversity Programme, in partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the Government of the Netherlands, is hosting more than 30 events in a special pavilion at the 2014 World Parks Congress taking place in Sydney, Australia, from 12-19 November 2014. In addition, business representatives will join several of the main events at the Congress, as well as in the World Leaders Dialogues. Find out more under the Key Events section of this website and see The Business Journey below.

The Business Journey at the World Parks Congress
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The business of mangroves

Coastal tourism and fisheries and aquaculture are the target industries for a new private sector engagement strategy that has been developed for the Mangroves the for the Future (MFF) regional initiative which focuses on protecting Asia’s coastlines.

Mangroves are among the world’s most productive ecosystems, providing critical habitat for many species; food and livelihoods for coastal communities; and an effective buffer against storm surges. MFF has long recognized the critical importance of harnessing the financial capacity and entrepreneurial spirit of the private sector. See the full article by Jane Lawton below.

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A strategic approach on biodiversity: the what, why and how

Companies are increasingly taking steps to integrate environmental - and specifically biodiversity - considerations in their business agendas.

To be effective, it is important for businesses to adopt a strategic approach, the first step of which is to define a biodiversity policy. To this end, many resources  have been developed. This new briefing produced by IUCN's Business and Biodiversity Programme presents a summary of "what, why and how" needed for a company can take a strategic approach to biodiversity, along with recommendations for ensuring a successful roll-out and links to key resources.

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Future challenges for large marine protected areas in the Pacific highlighted at World Parks Congress

As the Pacific Islands region continues to lead the way in creating large marine protected areas, the World Parks Congress has delivered a wake-up call to the rest of the world that the Pacific will require help to manage these massive areas of global importance. …  

07 Dec 2014 | News story

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IUCN summit delivers major commitments to save Earth’s most precious natural areas

Sydney, Australia – The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, the once-in-a-decade global forum on protected areas, closes today with the release of The Promise of Sydney. The Promise sets out an ambitious agenda to safeguard the planet’s natural assets, ranging from halting rainforest loss in the Asia-Pacific and tripling ocean protection off Africa’s coasts to a business commitment to plant 1.3 billion trees along the historic Silk Road.  | French | Spanish | Dutch

19 Nov 2014 | International news release

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IUCN report says jury still out on biofuels, calls for more research on biodiversity impacts

Sydney, Australia, 15 November 2014 (IUCN) – Food security, land grabs and human rights abuses are just some of the harmful impacts identified with the production of biofuels at a global scale, according to a new IUCN report released today at the IUCN World Parks Congress. …  

15 Nov 2014 | News story

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Sustainable tourism in protected areas can be critical for their survival, says new IUCN report

Sydney, Australia, 14 November 2014 (IUCN) – Increasing the number of visitors to protected areas can be an effective tool for conservation and community development, provided well-functioning management systems are in place, according to a new report unveiled today at the IUCN World Parks Congress taking place in Sydney, Australia.   …  

14 Nov 2014 | International news release

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IUCN Panel provides recommendations to help restore the Niger Delta

IUCN's Niger Delta Panel has recently published a report that provide scientific recommendations to the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC), to help restore the biodiversity of its oil spill sites in the Niger Delta.

This week sees the release of the IUCN Niger Delta Panel’s full report generated during their first year of work. The report presents a detailed set of recommendations for appropriate techniques for addressing oil spills in specific ecozones of the region. It focuses on the first two of the objectives set out for the Panel, namely to ‘develop and provide standards and best practice guidance on remediation and rehabilitation’ and ‘encourage uptake of the guidance by SPDC and others’.

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