Some of the largest financial institutions, transport companies and law enforcement agencies in the U.S. gathered together in New York to join forces in the fight against the global illegal wildlife trade.
Barclays, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, Citibank, HSBC, JP Morgan Chase, Scotiabank, Standard Chartered, Wells Fargo and Air Canada are among the global organisations that make up the United for Wildlife (UfW) network, pledging to take leadership roles within their industries to help end illegal wildlife crime.
The event, held at Paul, Weiss’s offices in New York City, is also attended by representatives from the U.S. Treasury, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
It marks the launch of United for Wildlife’s North America Regional Chapter and highlights the leadership role that U.S. multinational businesses and the U.S. authorities are playing in preventing the global trafficking of wildlife products and tracking the proceeds of crime that result from it.
“Air Canada is a signatory to the Buckingham Palace Declaration (BPD) and was the first airline in North America to obtain the IATA IWT certification, demonstrating our concrete actions in fulfilling our commitments under the BPD. We continue taking a leadership position in this important area, and Air Canada is proud to be one of the first airlines to join the North American transport taskforce, to further advance the work against the illegal wildlife trade and protect biodiversity.”
– Michael Rousseau, President and Chief Executive Officer at Air Canada