Corporate Partnership during FY18 WWF Guianas
We are living beyond our means and our planet’s ecological limits.
As the 2018 Living Planet Report demonstrates, the challenges that the global environment is facing today are too big, too interconnected and too urgent for any one organization to solve alone.
Business drives much of the global economy, so we believe that companies also have a specific responsibility to ensure that the natural resources and ecosystems which underpin their own operations are used sustainably.
By working with the private sector, WWF aims to change behaviour and drive conservation results that would not be possible otherwise.
An overview of WWF’s strategy when working with the corporate sector is provided below.
Why WWF works with business
By working with business we aim to:
• promote better production and responsible sourcing of raw materials;
• encourage a switch to 100% renewable energy and away from fossil fuels;
• engage jointly on public policy;
• support the equitable sharing of natural resources;
• redirect financial flows to support conservation and sustainable ecosystem management;
• raise awareness of the need to consume more wisely; and
• protect some of the world’s most ecologically important places.
|How do we work with business?
In general, WWF works with companies in three ways:
1. Driving sustainable business practices
We use bilateral partnerships to change practices throughout a company’s operations and value chain.
2. Communications and awareness raising activities
We raise awareness of key environmental issues and mobilise consumer action.
3. Philanthropic relationships
We raise money through these relationships for the conservation of key places and endangered species
All WWF offices are committed to continue or start reporting publicly on all our company relationships, their intent, objectives and impacts. Please log on to: http://www.wwfdrc.org/ for more information. A Global Report of the top Global partnerships can also be found on www.panda.org/business.
WWF Guianas only has one engagement with businesses which falls under communication and awareness raising activities. We have done so by celebrating earth hour with the help of The Back Lot of Suriname, UNDP and States Oil Suriname.
Public participation in Earth Hour remained strong in Guyana and Suriname with approximately 6500 persons participating in activities. There was representation from the Diplomatic Community, Government Agencies, Academia, NGOs, Youth Groups and the public. Main events took place in the National Park in Guyana and Independence Square in Suriname. Posts relating to Earth Hour reached an online audience of 60,000. It also received coverage by both state and privately-owned newspapers in both countries.