IUCN engages in many different ways with business including through dialogue, independent expert advice, developing new knowledge, improving corporate environmental performance, joint conservation projects.

Our priority is to engage the business sectors in which change is most important and urgent, due to the scale of their negative impacts on the environment and social equity. We do so to promote our mission to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. The direction of our engagement with Business is guided by the IUCN Business Engagement Strategy.

The IUCN Business Engagement Strategy (2012) builds on the recognition that the global economy is an important driver for the loss of biodiversity and also that the business world is beginning to recognise that it not only has a responsibility for mitigating the impacts of its environmental footprint, but that positive contributions to nature conservation can be good for the bottom line.

The Purpose of the Strategy
The purpose of the BES is to: provide IUCN with a coherent framework for influencing the business sector, a clear reference point as to the level of ambition expected from the business engagements, and a consistent approach to the management of reputational risks and quality assurance.

The Aim of the Strategy
The aim of the BES is to: Encourage transformational and demonstrable changes at the company and sectoral level in how biodiversity is valued and managed by businesses in order to conserve and restore biodiversity and to ensure that biodiversity benefits are shared equitably.

For more information on IUCN's work with business, please visit the IUCN Business and Biodiversity Programme section.