As governments, intergovernmental organizations, businesses, and civil society organizations gather in Madrid for the latest UN Climate Summit, we are reminded of the importance of partnerships to meaningfully address the challenges of a warming planet.

In response to growing public demand, policymakers and business leaders are increasingly uniting around shared commitments to reduce planet-warming greenhouse-gas emissions. But while phasing out fossil fuels is necessary, ensuring humanity's long-term survival will also require far-reaching protections for the Earth's natural systems.

The private sector must begin preparing for climate change and the ensuing disruption to operations and services with new approaches

The future success of the private sector may not only depend on how successfully it can mitigate, but also on how it can adapt to climate change. Extreme weather events are already causing havoc to operations, supply chains and commerce all over the world.

Illegal logging, fishing and wildlife trade rob the world of precious natural resources – and ultimately of development benefits and livelihoods. The statistics are grim: an elephant is poached for its tusks about every 30 minutes, an African rhino for its horn every 8 hours, one in five fish is caught illegally, and in certain countries, particularly in Africa and South America, 50% to 90% of timber is harvested and traded illegally. As much as 35% of the value of all illegal trade is estimated to come from rosewood. 

In the Argentine Chaco forest, the indigenous and creole peoples of Pampa del Indio work together to produce honey from the "melipona bees," which are native stingless bees (Tetragonisca fiebrigi and Scaptotrigona jujuyensis). In a recent blog, we explain how this zone has become a sanctuary for the production of honey by native species.

Transforming food systems and pursuing healthier diets are key to achieving food security and reducing environmental degradation  

Achieving Zero Hunger is not only about feeding people, but also ensuring proper nutrition and nurturing the planet. This year, World Food Day calls for action across sectors to make healthy and sustainable diets affordable and accessible to everyone. At the same time, it calls on everyone to start thinking more carefully about what we eat.

Businesses of all kinds must be prepared to help re-imagine the world’s food system, which is not fit for purpose

Are you reading this with a cup of coffee, a piece of chocolate or maybe even a protein bar with nuts and puffed rice?  There is a good chance that the coffee beans, cocoa, nuts or rice were bought or grown, and then processed, by my company, Olam.

We may not be a household name, but we supply manufacturers with the ingredients to make the brands you know. 

Shifting to healthier and more sustainable diets will benefit people and the planet – and build prosperity

Three years ago, our city of Oslo was the first to introduce a “climate budget”. The city government budgets its emissions like it budgets its money. Long-term political promises become measurable commitments that are tracked across all departments each year. The mayor, Raymond Johansen, has committed to a 95 per cent emissions reduction by 2030.

As the continent comes to dominate the global economy, it will do much to determine the fate of the global commons

As a young Asian business leader, it is fascinating to be part of an important transformation – the rise of Asia in the global economy. 

Food wastage must be reduced, consumer preferences must change and farmers must be weaned on to ecologically sustainable practices

From consumers in London to drought-prone farmers in central India, nobody needs convincing that climate is changing for the worse. But policymakers are failing to grasp the gravity of the situation, and policies on food production are not reflecting the urgent need for change.