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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.

Tree Kangaroo, WPZ, Papua New Guinea, Dendrolagus matschiei

Tree kangaroo-friendly coffee - a triple win story

Business is increasingly regarded as a key player in leading nature conservation. This week IUCN is engaging with representatives of several global businesses at the Sustainable Brands conference taking place in San Diego. Here is one example of the benefits conservation can bring to wildlife and a company’s profit margin. …  

02 Jun 2015 | News story

IUCN General Director Inger Andersen launch Jordan NAP and NBSAP

IUCN Director General to attend the first World Leaders´ Conservation Forum

IUCN Director General Inger Andersen will join international efforts to seek creative nature-based solutions to global environmental challenges by addressing the World Leaders´ Conservation Forum (WLCF) which takes place on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, 7 to 9 July.
 

23 May 2015 | News story

Biodiversity is the cornerstone of our existence

International Day for Biological Diversity 2015: Biodiversity for Sustainable Development

Every year on May 22, people around the world celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity, a day aimed at increasing understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. From habitat loss and overexploitation to illegal wildlife trade and climate change, a whole host of very real and damaging threats is facing the planet’s incredible biodiversity. Combatting these issues lies at the core of IUCN’s work and feeds into the organisation’s mission of ‘a just world that values and conserves nature’. …  

22 May 2015 | Article

The Tamis River Valley, Serbia

Addressing the economic invisibility of nature is urgent, says IUCN Director General

Speaking at the Stockholm Natural Capital Solutions Summit, held 19-20 May, IUCN Director General Inger Andersen highlighted the fact that despite nature providing some US$ 72 trillion a year of ‘free’ support to the global economy - and accounting for close to one-third of the wealth in low income countries - it continues to be invisible in our economic systems. …  

22 May 2015 | Article


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