SUSTAIN-Africa offers a unique opportunity for businesses to come together with communities, civil society and governments to design and implement mutually beneficial solutions for ecosystems and natural-resource dependent livelihoods, while ensuring sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

At the local and regional level, SUSTAIN helps business to systematically assess, minimize and mitigate impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems; and enable enterprises to integrate biodiversity values into their supply chains. At the national and global levels, SUSTAIN influence public and financial policies that support sustainable and inclusive business practices.

Business Engagement Cycle:

The Sustain Business Engagement Strategy will focus on four key areas:

  • Connect business with other progressive stakeholders and initiatives to define and implement sustainable and inclusive development in growth corridors.
  • Build partnerships among business and other actors to enhance knowledge and improve capacity for delivering solutions for water, land and ecosystem management.
  • Test new business models, which integrate biodiversity and ecosystem values, to achieve sustainable growth.
  • Inspire innovative business practices that develop markets for ecosystem goods and services through the creation of an enabling financial and public policy environment.

Broad Spectrum Benefits:

By engaging in the SUSTAIN Green Business Innovation Hub, companies contribute to shaping green and inclusive growth in Africa. They access the partners and knowledge they need to integrate communities, biodiversity and natural capital values into their investments and daily operations, to lower risks and improve sustainability and climate-resilience. SUSTAIN-Africa helps business to systematically assess, minimize and mitigate impacts on water, land and ecosystems and related risks. Businesses will also be engaged in strengthening the policy environment at national and regional levels, which will contribute to creating a level playing field for companies demonstrating best practices in ecosystem management, especially within specific industry sectors.

As a result of participating in SUSTAIN-Africa, businesses will benefit from:

  • Enhanced brand value and reputation, as recognized leaders on sustainable development.
  • Access to cutting-edge knowledge and tools on business and biodiversity, and opportunities to partake in testing new standards, processes and products.
  • Improved risk management, and greater efficiencies and savings through the integration of sustainability practices into company policies and supply chains.
  • Help influence policies at cluster and country level that will incentivize and enable sustainable business practices.
  • Get connected to sustainable investment opportunities through facilities supporting businesses leading in implementing sustainable and inclusive practices.