IUCN Council Private Sector Taskforce


Council has established a Private Sector Task Force to learn from and continue to improve on IUCN’s engagement with the private sector, and to propose revisions to the Guidelines. Diana Shand, Oceania Regional Councillor and IUCN Vice-President is the elected Chair. Members of the Task Force include CEESP Commission Chair Aroha Mead and fellow councillors Keith Wheeler (Commission Chair CEC, North America), Hans de Iongh (West Europe), Mohammed Shahbaz and Ali Darwish (West Asia) and Mahfuz Ullah (South and East Asia).

Terms of Reference have been approved [see above for a link to the document] and a Work Plan has been drawn up with the first face-to-face meeting scheduled for November.

A focus has already been established in the process around considering the IUCN’s engagement with Rio Tinto, which has a perceived role in leading change in the industry as a whole. As can be followed on the Business and Biodiversity pages there has been a visit and report on the Kennecot Mine, Utah and further visits are planned to Rio Tinto operations in Australia (September) and Indonesia in the coming months. These involve Secretariat, Council and Members. Please see the IUCN website for updates.