Partnerships for a sustainable future! - Part 1

From individuals, to businesses and communities, tackling one of our planet’s biggest environmental challenges requires everyone to be a part of the solution. Together, we believe we can create a future where people and nature live in harmony, and here are some examples of businesses that have dedicated themselves toward that vision :)

Through engagement, innovation and advocacy, WWF’s partnership with IKEA aims to safeguard and effectively manage precious natural resources and transform business for the benefit of people and planet. This includes projects such as cultivating safer and more sustainable cotton practices, better water management and securing the world’s forests.

Having worked together for more than a decade to improve forest management, fight illegal logging, as well as reduce water and pesticide use and improve livelihoods in cotton farming, WWF and IKEA have gone on to collaborate with other companies and networks to inspire sustainable business practices that help safeguard the future of our planet and its resources. Find out more about the partnership in this factsheet.

© Thomas Haugersveen / WWF-Norway

DU Group
One of the world’s most trusted android apps developer, DU group aims to use its expertise in the field of technology to highlight the importance of protecting the environment and creating a more harmonious world, while showing us that it’s completely possible to be entertaining while doing so! Together with WWF, they introduced a shared effort to create awareness for the environment through an online game known as the ‘C Plan’. As part of the initiative, participants are virtually transported to six countries where they race against other players, in addition to a social media campaign. To date, DU Group has donated $25,000 raised from this project to support WWF’s work to help save the Amazon and other vital forests around the world.

Check out how DU Group contributed to Earth Hour 2016 too!

FISA - the World Rowing Federation
Covering 70 per cent of Earth’s surface, it’s a common misconception that freshwater comes by easily. However, did you know that only 3 per cent of the world’s water is considered fresh water, and two-thirds of that is tucked away in frozen glaciers or otherwise unavailable for our use? With freshwater systems now among the most endangered habitats in the world due to human development, pollution and climate change, the need to protect these ecosystems and promote clean water is extremely vital.

WWF Freshwater Experts on the Paraguay river at Puerto Busch location, Pantanal, Bolivia. © Gernant Magnin / WWF-Netherlands.

In recognition of the challenge the world faces in terms of accessing clean water, FISA, the World Rowing Federation, has joined forces with WWF to promote clean water and educate rowers, as well as those who follow the sport about its importance to the global environment. In addition, the organisation will work towards more sustainable sports event management and help ensure that rowing events do not have a negative impact on water courses. And with rowers sharing a direct link with water, it’s apt that they will become the ambassadors of WWF’s own Freshwater programme :)

Mondi Group
Focusing on minimising their impact on forests, climate and water, Mondi Group teamed up with WWF to demonstrate that environmental stewardship and responsible business practice can and must go hand in hand. In addition, it is also hoped that positive change will spread throughout the global packaging and paper sector and beyond. From improving water stewardship in three priority catchments using the resilient landscape of South Africa, to setting new greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and making further investments in renewable energy, here’s how Mondi Group aims to contribute towards a more sustainable future through their partnership with WWF.

Mondi officials and conservationists gather around the Environmental Conservation Database map. © Chris Marais / WWF.

Stay tuned for part 2 to find out more about partnerships that protect the planet! In the meantime, check out how these 10 countries are powering the transition towards a future powered clean energy.