The illegal wildlife trade (IWT) is among the five most lucrative global crimes and is often run by highly organised criminal networks. These networks are difficult to detect and even more difficult to deter. The private sector can unknowingly become caught up in their criminal activity, as traffickers use increasingly sophisticated financial systems or transport logistics to facilitate wildlife crime.
By forming partnerships with businesses in these private sectors we are bringing new voices and context to the conservation discussion, which is crucial if we are to stop the trafficking of wildlife products. Since founding in 2014, we have established two Taskforces, the Transport and Financial Taskforces, representing large proportions of the global shipping, airline, and financial industries. These Taskforces use their resources and networks to identify, report, and disrupt wildlife trafficking and prevent their members from becoming unwitting participants.