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Testing innovative business approaches to preserve biodiversity.

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.

World Wetlands Day 2016

World Wetlands Day: Wetlands & Sustainable Livelihoods

Each year, 2 February marks World Wetlands Day, to celebrate our planet’s wetlands but also to draw attention to the challenges that their degradation brings. …  

02 Feb 2016 | News story

Leading the global consultation on the draft Natural Capital Protocol

IUCN supports global consultation on draft Natural Capital Protocol

As a founding member of the Natural Capital Coalition, IUCN is supporting the global consultation on the draft Natural Capital Protocol (NCP) and encouraging businesses, governments and other stakeholders -- especially the conservation community -- to participate.  …  

29 Jan 2016 | Article

Report looks at the impacts of the apparel sector value chains on biodiversity.

Fashion industry must urgently reduce its impact on nature

The fashion industry is contributing to the degradation of the world’s biodiversity and undermining nature’s ability to provide ecosystem services to society, according to a report released by IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature. …  

22 Jan 2016 | Article

Ecosystems for Life

Could conservation become a new investment asset class?

 A new IUCN-backed report released yesterday identifies three new investment structures that could help catalyse finance to meet the world’s pressing environmental challenges and sustainable growth goals. …  

21 Jan 2016 | Article


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