Business and Biodiversity

Business Engagement by Sector

Helping business conserve nature, while improving their environmental performance

The private sector plays a critical role in determining how biodiversity is used and conserved, and there are clear benefits to businesses in improving environmental performance, including reduced costs, improved innovation, and increased likelihood of regulatory approval.

IUCN’s mandate for engaging the private sector is rooted in IUCN’s mission to “Influence, encourage and assist societies to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable”.

This section provides more information on the industrial sectors with which the Business and Biodiversity Programme works, and offers examples of the team's work with industry.


IUCN's Business Engagement Guidelines


The Operational Guidelines for Private Sector Engagement support implementation of the Private Sector Strategy, outlining the necessary processes for developing, implementing and managing engagements with private sector entities.

Read more about how IUCN's Business and Biodiversity Programme works with the private sector by downloading the Operational Guidelines, and visiting the Resources section of the website to read more about our work.


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