March 16, 2023, Colombo, Sri Lanka - On 23 February 2023, Ansell and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to commence collaboration to support Ansell’s strategic management of our biodiversity footprint.
When we announced our renewed climate commitments and Net Zero ambition for our operations in July 2022, we committed to engage with IUCN on assessing our natural capital impacts and dependencies. This integral work with IUCN supports us to develop plans for potential improvements and mitigation of negative biodiversity impacts.
At the signing, Ansell and IUCN agreed on a framework for strengthened cooperation through the MoU. The two parties will investigate developing joint programmes, research projects and other capacity building activities to pursue “net positive” outcomes regarding biodiversity and ecosystem services.
“Signing this MoU with IUCN is a statement of Ansell’s ambition that our sustainability strategy contributes to the world’s critical need to manage both the climate and biodiversity impact of business operations globally. As a first step we seek to understand our impact and dependencies on critical natural resources, thus establishing a foundation on which we can develop strategies that align with the global efforts to conserve biological diversity and promote the sustainable use of natural resources,” said Neil Salmon, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, who participated in the ceremony virtually.
“While IUCN develops and promotes global standards and knowledge products, real learning happens when these are applied on the ground to result in conservation and sustainability outcomes. We envision this signing to lead us to a journey together with Ansell and create a path for others in the PPE industry to follow,” said Dr. Dindo Campilan, IUCN Regional Director for Asia and Hub Director for Oceania.
Read IUCN press release here: Ansell Joins Hands with IUCN to Work Towards Understanding and Minimising Biodiversity Impact - News | IUCN