WWF works with targeted industries and companies whose products, practices, supply chains and business models can make - with sustainability strategically in mind - collective impact at scale, creating shared value for people and nature. By partnering with WWF and becoming part of the solution, companies benefit as well through greatly improved environmental impacts, more sustainable supply chains, improved stakeholder relations, greater efficiency and better risk management. Business is primed to lead the rapid adaptation and innovative solutions needed to drive change.
We work with business in a number of ways with investors, consumer groups and policymakers to drive the change we need to achieve a greener, more resilient and sustainable economy.
It’s about corporate stewardship - businesses protecting and securing natural capital - the natural habitats and agricultural landscapes they source or derive benefit from, addressing social issues, and creating local economic benefits, whilst taking action to address climate change.
How do we do this?We focus on six critical elements with the greatest impact on our economy, society and environment. These are water, food, energy, fibre, land & biodiversity, and waste. We guide sustainability approaches and create stakeholder engagement opportunities for businesses in building future resilience, while making a positive contribution to the natural world.
1. Better Management Practices
Through innovative practices such as WWF-SASSI, our Conservation Champions in the Cape winelands, SUSFARMS® and Better Barley Better Beer, we help producers to reduce negative environmental impacts, improve livelihoods and increase market access. We also support the uptake of independent, credible certification schemes such as the Forest Stewardship Council, Marine Stewardship Council and Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, the Better Cotton Initiative and Bonsucro that help reduce impacts. These are just a small part of WWF’s work internationally but are most significant in the South African context.
We possess the expertise and provide practical tools such as the Supply Chain Risk Analysis and the Water Risk Filter in identifying and reducing company risks and shaping appropriate responses for sustainable growth.
2. Shaping a Collective Response
The best indicator of a partnership’s success is further partnerships. We encourage and forge collaborative responses with market leaders in transforming their operations and supply chains, and increase scale through industry platforms and associations so that we have positive impact together.
3. Sustainable Finance
We help financial institutions, businesses and corporations reduce their risk to the natural world while providing financial mechanisms that protect and encourage sustainable ecosystems.
We seek to integrate long-term financial risks and opportunities into mainstream finance and lending. These extra-financial issues, such as carbon, water and biodiversity, are increasingly important to financing decisions.
Our work helps and challenges pension funds, asset managers, insurance companies and other financial institutions, integrating environmental and social issues into their business strategies.
4. Science-Based Targets
WWF works with companies to reduce carbon pollution and adopt more renewable energy, both in their own operations and along their supply chain.
Although today’s climate impacts are serious and must be addressed, there is still time to avoid the most severe consequences of climate change. If we act now, we can better prepare for these risks and shift the way our nation, and the world, chooses and uses energy, which is by far the greatest driver of climate change.
For four decades, WWF has been part of the movement to fight this global crisis. Our vision is a world powered by renewable energy, where communities and ecosystems are resilient in the face of climate changes. We engage millions of South Africans, leading businesses and government leaders to realize this future. Setting science-based targets provides businesses with a leadership strategy to meet goals that reduce GHG emissions, identify and advance projects to protect their resources from climate impacts, and ensure the sustainability of their core business.
WWF knows that preparing local communities, helping ecosystems adapt to rapid change, and reducing the emissions that drive climate change are critical to a safer world for ourselves, our children and the rest of life on Earth.
5. Public Policy
We complement voluntary approaches by working with government to shape regulation in areas such as forests and fisheries management, banking, biofuels and public procurement.
We work to inform consumer awareness and drive demand for sustainable production and services (the efficient provision of sufficient nutrients, ensuring equitable benefits and access with a minimum footprint) and their better use while reducing waste.
Sustainable business partners
Alexander Forbes Investments
Pick ‘n Pay
The partnership helps Pick ‘n Pay meet its sustainable seafood commitments announced in 2011. To achieve the targets, WWF assists Pick ‘n Pay in engaging suppliers and fisheries on the sustainability of the seafood it sells, as well as labelling and traceability within its operations.
Responsible Fisheries Alliance
Sea Harvest Corporation (Pty) Ltd
Viking Fishing Holdings (Pty) Ltd
Woolworths works with suppliers on its dairy, beef, seafood and textiles operations while furthering its carbon and water efficiency strategies. WWF has been working with Woolworths to reduce its water use after becoming the first retailer to join the Water Balance Programme