Transforming business practices
How is one of the world's largest oil and gas companies addressing biodiversity and livelihood issues in the Niger Delta? Why is Nespresso working with local farmers in Brazil to help them scale-up and strengthen their national supply chain? What does training Sri Lankan tourism operators in health and safety have to do with conservation? Why is the one of the world’s biggest cement companies, Holcim, integrating biodiversity standards into its policies and practices, and serving as a test case for other industries?
The answers can be found in the stories featured in the Business and Biodiversity Programme Annual Report, which shows how IUCN is working in key industries to reduce their environmental footprint and generate greater conservation benefits. IUCN - together with key actors from policymakers to industry leaders – is promoting new solutions, standards and safeguards for businesses to consider as they develop sustainability plans and activities.
Learn more about IUCN's history on business engagement or see some of the latest highlights below.
Gland, Switzerland, 16 April 2015 (IUCN) – A new IUCN study examines, for the first time, how commercial agriculture and forestry production could reduce global biodiversity loss by applying innovative approaches already used by some companies in the extractive and infrastructure industries.
16 Apr 2015 | News story
Every three years, the World Water Forum puts water into the global spotlight. This 7th edition, which started on Sunday 12 April in Daegu and Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, will focus on moving from policy talk to implementation – on how to put proven solutions to water challenges into wider use by harnessing innovation, creativity and know-how on a scale that can make a difference at local to global levels. …
13 Apr 2015 | Article
Organizers of the second World Forum on Natural Capital, including IUCN, have issued a call for case studies that demonstrate how putting natural capital at the heart of decision-making can benefit companies’ bottom line, as well as the environment. …
09 Apr 2015 | Article
16 Mar 2015 | News story
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. Read more.
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 here.
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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