Business and Biodiversity

Business and Biodiversity

The Business & Biodiversity Programme (BBP) seeks to enhance IUCN’s collaboration with the private sector, by engaging the corporate world in biodiversity conservation and by helping businesses to reduce their environmental footprint.

Globally, as well as in Lao PDR, the private sector is growing in size and influence. This is paralleled by calls from across society for business to contain its effects on the environment and to mainstream sustainability principles. The conservation community is increasingly engaging business and IUCN is a leading organization in this effort.
Improved engagement and partnerships with the private sector will be a crucial factor in ensuring equitable and sustainable development in Lao PDR. IUCN Lao PDR has a clear mandate to improve interactions with the private sector in order to achieve its goals and country strategy.
The objectives of the BBP in Lao are:

  • A conservation community that is well informed about market mechanisms and the value of partnerships with the private sector, and understands their potential and limitations to achieve biodiversity conservation.
  • A more accountable and better informed private sector, which contributes to sustainable development including conservation and social equity.
  • Effective dialogue and collaboration between IUCN, the private sector and policy makers, which helps to achieve conservation through, and alongside, sustainable development. In the implementation of the BBP, IUCN Lao PDR will work together with private sector partners, other members of the conservation community and relevant associations and agencies to:
  • Provide guidance on environmental issues to the private sector and the government;
  • Facilitate partnerships and establish networks;
  • Help businesses to develop holistic approaches to Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility (CSER)
  • Monitor the progress and evaluate the impacts of CSER work;
  • Provide technical assistance for specific projects.

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