Business and Biodiversity

Nature is everybody's business. IUCN aims to transform the way business values, manages and invests in nature, highlighting the opportunities and benefits of a more sustainable approach.

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Business and government engagements
are key for nature

 

Business engagement

CHF 51M

value of IUCN projects with a business engagement component

Government engagement

115

countries have government policies on biodiversity offsets

Sustainable investments

 12 %

 global growth per year of assets managed under sustainable investments strategies 


How we engage

In order to transform the way business values, manages and invests in nature, IUCN engages companies and key sectors to identify their impacts on biodiversity and create innovative solutions to address this challenge.


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News

  • Sustainable Blue Economy Participants, Nairobi, Kenya Photo: IUCN ESARO/ SIB-Kenya

    Building the global momentum on marine/aquatic plastics litter

    10.01.2019

    Along with over 18,000 participants from 180 countries representing government institutions, national agencies, academia and research, private sector, students, and plastic sector actors, IUCN joined the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi, Kenya,...

  • IUCN-led independent scientific panels inform decision making. Photo: Rio Doce Panel

    IUCN-led independent scientific panels highlighted at IAIA symposium on mining

    21.12.2018

    A two-day International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) Special Symposium on Mining hosted this month by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, brought together a range of practitioners from impact assessors and...

  • Western gray whale in Sakhalin Western gray whale in Sakhalin  Photo: Yuri Yakovlev

    IUCN seeks whale conservation experts to advise on energy development impacts

    14.12.2018

    IUCN seeks applications from qualified individuals to serve on its independent scientific and technical advisory panel to minimize impacts on western gray whales during offshore oil and gas development near Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East....

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Mangroves are natural capital. Photo: IUCN-Imene Meliana

Business and Natural Capital

IUCN is a founding member of the Natural Capital Coalition, which has created a Natural Capital Protocol – a framework designed to help business identify, measure and value their impacts on natural capital.

 

Business operating in KBAs Photo: A.J. Prlumptre-WCS

Business and Key Biodiversity Areas

On behalf of the Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) Partners, IUCN has released new guidelines for businesses operating in KBAs. The development of these guidelines was made possible with the generous support of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation.

 

Quick reads

Aimed at policy-makers and journalists, IUCN Issues Briefs provide key information on selected issues in a two-pager format.

Thumbnail_Biodiversity offsets Thumbnail_Biodiversity offsets Photo: IUCN

Biodiversity offsets

Public and private sector investments in projects such as infrastructure development, mining and oil exploration are among the current drivers of economic growth. However, biodiversity is not well...

Issues brief -  Palm oil and biodiversity Photo: IUCN

Palm oil and biodiversity

Palm oil is derived from the oil palm tree (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.), which is native to West Africa and grows best in tropical climates with abundant water. Three-quarters of total palm oil produced...

Thumbnail_Deep-sea mining Photo: IUCN

Deep-sea mining

Deep-sea mining is the process of retrieving mineral deposits from the deep sea – the area of the ocean below 200 m which covers about 65% of the Earth’s surface.  There is growing interest...

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