IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature

IUCN is the world's oldest and largest global conservation organization, bringing together more than 1,200 government and non-governmental members in a unique world partnership, which seeks to safeguard natural resources at local, regional and global levels. Governments frequently consult with and seek the advice of IUCN regarding key biodiversity conservation decisions. IUCN is guided by the scientific know-how of 10,000 experts including 7,500 independent voluntary species scientists in order to provide fact-based, neutral and trusted advice. Because of IUCN RED List, it is considered as World's authority in biodiversity conservation. It is the only conservation organization to have UN Observer Status and is an official advisor to UNECSO on natural world heritage sites. IUCN was central in the creation of WWF and IUCN were among the group of organizations that created the concept of ‘sustainable Development’.IUCN's vision “A just world that values and conserves nature” reflects its holistic approach towards biodiversity conservation, working on poverty alleviation (livelihoods) and helping people throughout the world to protect the nature they live in and depend on (ecosystem services).

Leaders for Nature India

Leaders for Nature India is IUCN India’s business engagement network that stimulates and facilitates companies to take the lead in the transition towards a sustainable green Indian economy, by incorporating natural capital in their core business. By providing the knowledge and tools of IUCN and its members, its expert staff from around the world, and by peer-to-peer learning, Leaders for Nature sensitizes companies to understand the true value of nature, and take this into account in their strategic decisions.The Indian complement of a global initiative by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Leaders for Nature India is a joint initiative of IUCN, Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Hivos and Wildlife Trust of India (WTI). Leaders for Nature India stimulates and facilitates companies to take the lead in the transition towards a sustainable green Indian economy, by incorporating natural capital in their core business. By providing the knowledge and tools of IUCN and its members, Leaders for Nature sensitizes companies to understand the true value of nature, and take this into account in their strategic decisions. Based on this, the business case for each company will be developed.IUCN has a network of 1,200 member organizations, including many governments and the knowledge network of more than 12,000 scientists around the world. IUCN in India has 37 members including the Wildlife Trust of India. Over 300 experts of our network reside in India.Leaders for Nature India provides its member companies a program that offers:

  1. Knowledge & training on natural capital
  2. Guidance to carry out action plans and projects
  3. A network of like-minded companies
  4. Inspiration by nature that triggers individual leadership

LfN (Leaders for Nature) asks front runner companies to sign its declaration and expects that all signatories support the vision and mission of Leaders for Nature India based on the following considerations:

  1. The notion that ecosystems and biodiversity are vital to economic wealth and prosperity
  2. The need to actively contribute to a more sustainable society in which economic, ecological and social values are in balance
  3. The recognition that companies have an important role in the creation of a sustainable Indian economy

As part of the Leaders for Nature India membership, the signatories will commit to:

  1. Develop a corporate action plan, based on the Natural Capital Road Map, with a span of 4 to 5 years that enables the company to take action on natural capital as part of the company’s strategy and target.
  2. Identify a team within the company's that will execute the plan with executive backing.
  3. Communicate with Leaders for Nature India on an annual basis on progress and next steps.