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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.


Steve Edwards of IUCN's Business and Biodiversity Programme

A balancing act

Steve Edwards of IUCN’s Business and Biodiversity Programme explains how government and business are looking at ways to compensate for the impacts of development on biodiversity. …  

15 Jan 2015 | Article

Inger Andersen, IUCN Director General

Inger Andersen takes up her duties as IUCN Director General

This week IUCN extends a warm welcome to Inger Andersen as she takes on her new role as Director General. …  

13 Jan 2015 | News story

Brushed aluminium

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative unveils new global standard for sustainability

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.  …  

16 Dec 2014 | News story

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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

Mangrove seedlings

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.

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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 here.

 

Inner Niger Delta

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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