private sector guidance working with business to stamp out illegal wildlife trade and promote sustainability

engaging business on wildlife trade issues

Wildlife traffickers the world over take advantage of business supply chains and market platforms to trade in illegal wildlife products.

Whether working with airlines and logistics companies to identify international smuggling methods, or partnering with tech giants to stamp out illegal trade on social media, engaging the business world in the fight against wildlife crime is already proving a crucial way to fight back for wildlife.

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guiding business to be part of the solution

Recruiting private sector business in the journey towards sustainable wildlife trade is essential if we are to halt the ecological destruction affecting species the world over.

Private companies, including many from the aviation, transport, logistics, forestry, financial, and technology sectors, have already made significant commitments to protect their platforms and supply chains from being exploited by wildlife traders and traffickers. 

We're continuing to partner with the private sector, and enlist their help in fighting back against wildlife crime and transitioning to fully sustainable wildlife trade.

We're working with tourism and holiday operators such as Qyer in China, to promote responsible travel and inform Chinese travellers to Africa about wildlife regulation and protected species


a selection of our projects working with the private sector

ROUTES Partnership

The USAID Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES) Partnership brought together transport and logistics companies, government agencies, development groups, law enforcement, conservation organizations, academia and donors to disrupt wildlife trafficking activities.

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Global Coalition against Wildlife Trafficking Online

The growing threats from illegal online activity requires a response to match.

TRAFFIC, with our partners WWF, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), has brought together a partnership between leading tech companies from across the world to spearhead an industry-wide commitment to reduce wildlife trafficking online by 80% by 2020.

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The FairWild Foundation was established in 2008 to promote the sustainable use of wild-collected plant ingredients in trade.

It guides the implementation of responsible resource management and sustainable harvesting techniques while making sure local harvesting communities enjoy fair pay and working conditions.

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The Local Economy and Nature Conservation in the Danube Region (LENA) project is helping harvesters generate revenue and preserve traditional knowledge through sustainable wild plant harvesting.

We're working with people and the private sector in Bulgaria, Slovenia, Serbia, and Hungary to promote the sustainable use, consumption, and trade in wild plant ingredients.

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Responsible Asia Forestry and Trade

The Responsible Asia Forestry and Trade (RAFT) project is a collaborative approach towards sustainable forest management and timber trade.

RAFT is a partnership of seven leading organisations, working together to build the capacity of countries, enforcement agencies, businesses, and communities in Asia Pacific to practice legal and sustainable forest management and trade, and counter the devastating effects of illegal logging and timber laundering.

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Wildlife TRAPS

The Wildlife TRAPS Project is designed to develop and deliver a suite of ground-breaking partnerships and pioneering approaches to tackle wildlife crime between Africa and Asia.

It includes working with a wide variety of businesses, companies, and financial industries to tackle poaching and illegal wildlife trade from a variety of angles.

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