Why we're working with businesses
Working with business is a great way for us to achieve positive change for the planet. It’s clear that ‘business as usual’ is unsustainable – whether because of overuse of natural resources, damage to forests, rivers or seas, or carbon pollution feeding climate change. Things have to change.
And most businesses know this themselves. They know that successful economies rely on healthy ecosystems, and that issues like climate change, water shortages and the loss of natural assets pose big risks to their own futures. A lot of companies have already made big, positive advances, while others are unsure about how to go about it.
That’s where we can help. And it’s why we don’t just work with companies who are already doing everything ‘right’. Sometimes the biggest changes can come about by forming challenging relationships and creating constructive solutions together.
We see working with business as an exciting opportunity to deliver large-scale, long-lasting environmental and social benefits.
How we work with business
We engage the business world in a number of different ways. Through our strategic partnerships we help companies find better ways of doing business that don’t harm the planet. Some companies contribute vital funds to directly support our conservation projects and we work with them to inspire their staff and customers about environmental issues.
Sometimes we form multi-partner networks where companies can discuss and share insights into greener ways of doing business (for instance our Global Forest & Trade Network). We also collaborate with companies to jointly call on governments for better policies to achieve sustainable growth. Combining our voices like this can have a powerful impact at a global level.
We bring our experience and on-the-ground technical expertise, as well as our brand strength and global geographical presence. We can help businesses become more sustainable, more appealing to investors and buyers, and better for the future of the planet as a whole.
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