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.


Business and governments engagements
are key for nature


Business engagement

51 million+

CHF value of IUCN projects with a business engagement component

Governments engagement


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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  • In the spotlight:

    CSO training on business engagement in Burkina Faso

    In Tenkodogo, Burkina Faso, the Business and Biodiversity Programme has delivered a CSO training workshop on the foundations of business engagement as part of the IUCN’s Shared Resources, Joint Solutions and BioBiz Exchange initiative. Through training and capacity building, CSOs are empowered to engage with business through the sharing of strategies and lessons learned through case studies that can be replicated and scaled up locally and in other regions of the world. CSOs, government and businesses are key partners in the achievement of the global goals on biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.


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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 recently launched the 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.

Marine plastics

Plastic is a synthetic organic polymer made from petroleum with properties ideally suited for a wide variety of applications, including packaging, building and construction, household and sports...

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...

Land degradation and climate change

Soil is the biggest terrestrial carbon sink. The world’s soils store more carbon than the planet’s biomass and atmosphere combined. This includes soil organic carbon, which is essentially...

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