IUCN and Shell have been working together on energy and biodiversity issues since 2000.
In October 2007 the two organizations signed a 5-year collaborative partnership agreement to foster closer collaboration on conservation-related work, at all levels and all over the world. The overall objectives of the agreement are to:
- Enhance the biodiversity conservation performance of Shell and its Affiliates
- Raise biodiversity performance standards in the energy sector and its supply chains
- Strengthen IUCN capacity for leadership in business and biodiversity.
The agreement commits IUCN and Shell to demonstrate leadership in both the business and conservation sectors, and use their combined comparative strengths to leverage positive changes for biodiversity conservation.
In June 2012 an end of term review on the 2007-2012 IUCN Shell agreement was undetaken. The review included lists of collaborative IUCN-Shell activities undertaken during the for the period 1999 to 2007 and 2007-2012
Based on the findings of the 2012 Review and the implementation of the new IUCN Business Engagement Strategy, the most recent areas of work between IUCN and Shell have focused on establishing multi-stakeholder dialogue platforms at landscape level to influence the wider sector and other actors in society. These include:
- Developing an initiative to assess conservation-related implementation and impacts of the Bonsucro standards for sugarcase-based ethanol producation in Brazil.
- Promoting and using a multi-lateral collaborative platform for developing a sustainable future and ecosystem-based management approach in the Arctic. A recent visioning workshop involved Arctic Council representatives and other relevant actors active in the region, including IUCN Members.
- Developing institutional capacity of Iraqi authorities in collaboration with IUCN Members on the ground for appropriate conservation in oil and gas developments in the fragile ecosystems of the region.
- The establishment of the Niger Delta Independent Advisory Panel to provide science based recommendations for the remediation and rehabilitation of biodiversity and habitats of oil spill sites in the Niger Delta. This Panel was established in consultation with IUCN Members in Nigeria.