Nature and Business

Business and partnerships play key roles in achieving the new global goals on sustainable development and climate change.

More than 100 sessions at the IUCN Congress will feature promising examples of business engagement, showcasing the latest knowledge, policies and tools being used by the public and private sectors to transform business practices.  These sessions will also highlight the benefits to business -- from valuing natural resources vital to their value chains and achieving greater efficiencies in their operations to reducing exposure to climate change risks and building new sustainable markets.

Follow the Business Journey at Congress to make sure you catch the best business and nature sessions. 

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is sponsoring the Business and Biodiversity Pavilion. As the only international business organization within IUCN membership, WBCSD will be a key participant at Congress.  See the pavilion programme here and WBCSD's IUCN Congress web page for more about business participation at the Congress. 

Learn more about the IUCN Business and Biodiversity Programme.

The following news stories illustrate how IUCN and its Members are engaging with business to address critical conservation and development issues, and embracing new opportunities to build a more sustainable future. 

Recent updates

Planning for green growth
05 Sep 2016
African government officials, business leaders and civil society supporters will explore how green growth corridors in Africa can stimulate economic activity and alleviate poverty during several sessions being held at the IUCN World Conservation Congress this week in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Black mountain mining roads in USA
03 Sep 2016
Natural systems sustain life on earth. Yet… Wildlife populations have halved since 1970. This stark fact was highlighted in research by WWF and the Zoological Society of London in their 2014 Living Planet Report. The IUCN Congress theme, Planet at the Crossroads, is timely as current efforts to halt or even slow the rate of species extinction are failing. The ecosystems that underpin our economies, well-being and survival are collapsing. The message is clear: we need urgent and collaborative action to tackle the unprecedented challenge facing society.
Noise from seismic surveys can disrupt the essential life functions of whales
02 Sep 2016
Honolulu, Hawai’i, 2 September (IUCN) – A guide launched today by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, outlines best practices to ensure environmentally responsible seismic surveys and other forms of undersea mapping, with the aim of minimizing negative impacts of loud associated noise on marine life. 
Mangroves
01 Sep 2016
From the health and spiritual benefits derived from nature to the many services it provides, delegates attending the IUCN World Conservation Congress taking place from 1-10 September 2016, in Hawai’i, will explore how valuing the earth’s natural resources – its rivers, forests, oceans, deserts and wetlands – impact conservation and people.
WBCSD
28 Jul 2016
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Leadership Program aims to provide current and future business leaders with an in-depth understanding of sustainability challenges and opportunities to inform their strategic decision-making. 
Plant in dried cracked mud
22 Jul 2016
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) outlines how businesses can finance and implement sustainable land management and restoration with inspiring examples of business action. 
Stora Enso
29 Jun 2016
For 22 years, Verac​el, Stora Enso's joint venture in Brazil, has been planting seedlings of native tree species in local rainforests as part of the Atlantic Rainforest Program.
Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion Island
23 Jun 2016
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) outlines how businesses can finance and implement sustainable land management and restoration with inspiring examples of business action. 
Female workers harvesting rice in Bali
10 Jun 2016
The Natural Capital Coalition is launching a step-by-step framework to measure and value both business impacts and dependency on nature and biodiversity

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