Dubai, United Arab Emirates,

DP World calls on governments to stamp out illegal trade in wildlife

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World
Through Conservation for Hope, we are throwing down a challenge to eradicate the illegal wildlife trade which destroys biodiversity and damages our planet and local communities.
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World

DP World is calling on governments around the world to commit to zero tolerance of wildlife trafficking. 

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, was the first to sign a pledge calling for the mobilization of public and private resources to stamp out the illegal trade by 2030. He did so alongside United for Wildlife at the Conservation for Hope summit at the DP World Flow Pavilion at Expo 2020.  

DP World is a member and principal partner of United for Wildlife which was founded by HRH The Duke of Cambridge. The session was organized in association with the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and in partnership with Mozambique and the Zoological Society of London. 

Illegal trade in wildlife is one of the top five most lucrative global crimes. Every year wild fauna and flora are poached or illegally collected and transported across the world. The cross-border crime is estimated to be worth $50-100 billion a year. In addition to damaging biodiversity and local communities, the illegal wildlife trade fuels other criminal activities including money laundering and international drug trafficking. 

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World said: “Expo 2020 in Dubai is a platform for world thinkers, humanitarians, environmentalists and advocates to discuss some of the world’s pressing issues that need immediate action. Through Conservation for Hope, we are throwing down a challenge to eradicate the illegal wildlife trade which destroys biodiversity and damages our planet and local communities.”  

DP World is already working on extensive measures to tackle the trafficking, including installing additional scanners at ports and facilities around the world to step up inspections. All staff around the world are going through training on the issue as well as provided with a toolkit, with specific sessions for scanner operators to learn what to look for. 

DP World set up the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce which brings together airlines, customs authorities and other stakeholders in the region to disrupt supply chains for wildlife trafficking. The company works with partners including the Zoological Society of London to development best practices for ports 

Governments signing the pledge alongside DP World will commit to raise awareness of wildlife trade as a global crime. DP World with other partners will lead efforts in mobilizing public and private resources and put together enforcement strategies on trafficking cases to stamp the transport of illegal wildlife across borders.  

About DP World

We are the leading provider of worldwide smart end-to-end supply chain logistics, enabling the flow of trade across the globe. Our comprehensive range of products and services covers every link of the integrated supply chain – from maritime and inland terminals to marine services and industrial parks as well as technology-driven customer solutions. 

We deliver these services through an interconnected global network of 129 business units in 55 countries across six continents, with a significant presence both in high-growth and mature markets. Wherever we operate, we integrate sustainability and responsible corporate citizenship into our activities, striving for a positive contribution to the economies and communities where we live and work. 

Our dedicated, diverse and professional team of more than 55,000 employees from 134 countries are committed to delivering unrivalled value to our customers and partners. We do this by focussing on mutually beneficial relationships – with governments, shippers, traders, and other stakeholders along the global supply chain – relationships built on a foundation of mutual trust and enduring partnership. 

We think ahead, anticipate change and deploy industry-leading technology to further broaden our digital vision to disrupt world trade and create the smartest, most efficient and innovative solutions, while ensuring a positive and sustainable impact on economies, societies and our planet.