12 januari 2021

10 Top tips for conservation organisations to engage with business

A new report draws on experience and lessons of local partners on how conservation organisations can scale up engagement and best practice with business.

"If you are able to demonstrate how ecosystem degradation can negatively impact a certain business, it becomes easier to ally with them to make their operations more sustainable," says Diana Nabiruma of the Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO) in Uganda. 

Action plans on how to influence businesses

This is just one lesson from the new collection of ‘top tips. The SRJS business engagement component facilitated training workshops and dialogues with business for representatives of conservation organisations, helping them map out action plans on how to influence business practice in critically important landscapes in Africa, Asia and South America.

Watch the video with 10 top tips here, read more and download the guide below:

Video top tips

"With the SRJS programme, we have focused on building the capacity of local civil society organisations. They often are on the front line of strengthening climate resilience, water supply and food security for local communities,” said  Mr Omer van Renterghem, senior policy advisor on water and environment for the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Engaging business in this process is also beneficial to local civil society organisations. This is why we welcome the stories and tips gathered in this publication: they can inspire and stimulate others to take action.”


Lessons from 12 case studies

The collection of ‘top tips’ highlighted in this publication draws on lessons from 12 case studies provided by local SRJS partners, and offers a practical roadmap for conservation organisations to consider. Starting from the preparation phase before approaching business to the engagement phase, and finally, scaling up.

For example, the SRJS partners recommend doing your homework on a company before you engage. Another one is collaborating with other organisations with complementary expertise and resources, where appropriate.


More than 350 targeted changes

“This SRJS initiative has resulted in new partnerships and multi-stakeholder platforms for conservation,” says Nadine McCormick of IUCN who led several of the training sessions and follow-up coaching with the NGOs. “Overall, the five-year SRJS programme has measured more than 350 targeted changes in government and business policies and practices. This proofs that with the right tools and support, local organisations are effective change-makers.”

Download the guide with top tips

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