United for Wildlife is a collaborative effort by seven international conservation organisations to tackle illegal wildlife trade. The organisations were brought together by HRH the Duke of Cambridge through his work with the Royal Foundation.
In March 2016 the Sustainable Shipping Initiative became one of the founding signatories to the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration, which outlines the steps necessary to close shipping routes to traffickers in the illegal wildlife trade. The Declaration is an agreement that seeks to combat the IWT from within the shipping industry itself, and now has over 80 signatories.
Alastair Fischbacher, CEO of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative at the time the SSI signed the declaration, said:
“The Declaration is a welcome and necessary step in the fight against illegal wildlife trafficking. The SSI wholeheartedly supports its aims, and it is an example of how shipping can take ownership and responsibility for improving wider areas of sustainability, working together and helping other transportation and conservation industries, along with local communities, to make a substantial difference on important global issues, such as the fight against illegal wildlife trafficking.”
Zero tolerance policy
The Sustainable Shipping Initiative will never knowingly enable or facilitate activities pertaining to the illegal wildlife trade. The SSI promote the same zero tolerance to the illegal wildlife trade amongst our membership.
For more information on the work of United for Wildlife visit https://www.unitedforwildlife.org
To see the current signatories to the Buckingham Palace Declaration click here Declaration Signatories