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Conserving wildlife and wild places alongside economic development is a defining challenge of the 21st century.
Following the alarming global decline in species and habitats, together with the services they provide to people, the international community’s standpoint on business and biodiversity is undergoing an important shift.
Businesses, which rely on everything from fresh water to healthy soils, are recognising that they need to look at the big picture – how their activities are linked to biodiversity and nature’s services – in order to thrive. Conservationists are seeking opportunities to engage with major extractive and agricultural corporations, recognising that the private sector has a central role to play in natural resource management.
Worldwide, innovative collaborations are being forged between diverse players – businesses, financial institutions, governments, intergovernmental organisations, NGOs and local communities – to meet biodiversity challenges head-on.
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) works directly with businesses and the influencers of business across a range of sectors to bring about change for the protection of biodiversity in all its forms.
We believe that one of the most effective ways to protect biodiversity and ecosystem services is to work closely with the very businesses that have the potential to pose the greatest harm. We choose to work with businesses that are committed to reducing their impacts on the environment and businesses that are positioning themselves as market leaders.
Stimulating business action
Through partnership and collaboration we support businesses to manage their dependencies and mitigate their impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems in the landscapes where they operate, and to become local role models who encourage other land users within these landscapes to do the same.
With our help, our business partners are working towards achieving best practice standards for biodiversity and ecosystem management across their operations.
Influencing sectoral and cross-sector engagement
For many years FFI has actively participated in a number of initiatives that are aimed at improving sector-wide and cross-sector performance.
In addition to the opportunity to influence sector-level policy, these dialogues allow us to share our experience and network with other organisations and companies interested in the continuous improvement of corporate responsibility.
Developing performance indicators
Through our engagement with sectoral and cross-sector initiatives, FFI helps to develop appropriate performance indicators and sector-specific targets. We support the businesses we work with to adhere to the mitigation hierarchy (PDF), implement biodiversity management frameworks to achieve no net loss or net gain of biodiversity (PDF), and to develop and achieve business-specific key performance indicators.
Developing and implementing strong policy commitments to biodiversity
FFI acts as a sounding board to aid in policy development through the facilitation of workshops, participation in expert advisory groups and brokering of partnerships with key NGOs. We support local and national governments to develop policy and institutional frameworks.
Learn more about FFI’s work with business through our Working with business for conservation brochure (PDF).