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About United for Wildlife

United for Wildlife is an unprecedented collaboration, bringing together the world’s leading wildlife charities under a common purpose: to create a global movement to tackle the illegal wildlife trade. It has been convened by the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and is supported by some of the world’s most prominent sporting stars. United for Wildlife is committed to focusing increased attention and action on one of the most pressing conservation issues of our time.


DP World commitment

Many of the world’s wildlife species are in crisis. Extraordinary levels of poaching and illegal trade are having a devastating effect on wild populations of some of the largest and most iconic species like elephants, rhinos and tigers, as well as lesser known species such as the pangolin. Whole species are being hunted to extinction.

  • The illegal wildlife trade is valued at between $5-20 billion USD per year, it is the fourth most lucrative global crime after drugs, humans and arms.
  • It’s not just a crime against wildlife, 1,000 rangers have been killed in the last ten years – two per week, every week.
  • 95% of the world’s rhinos have been lost in the last 40 years.
Why this matters

DP World aims to promote greater awareness within our industry and to encourage greater cooperation between official bodies, organisations and the transport sector to combat this illegal trade.

United for Wildlife has created a ‘Transport Taskforce’ in which DP World joins a number of other businesses committed to ‘promote zero tolerance of transport of illegal wildlife parts across borders’, working together across the transport industry to help stamp out this illegal practice.

In October 2015, DP World hosted a meeting of the Taskforce and provided a tour of the company’s flagship Jebel Ali Port. The meeting follows continuous work by Dubai Customs, in collaboration with DP World, to tackle the trade in line with UAE legislation. Between 2012 and 2014, Dubai Customs seized, destroyed and repatriated over 775 pieces of ivory, worth over $10 million dollars.

In March 2016, DP World joined other members at Buckingham Palace for a landmark ceremony in which all members signed up to a series of 11 commitments which will shape future efforts to tackle the illegal wildlife trade. The commitments cover a range of initiatives including awareness, information sharing, detection and practical measures to stop the transportation of illegal wildlife products and promoting a common determination to tackle the illegal wildlife trade, wherever it may be.


HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World, said:

“Stemming the flow of illegal trade in endangered species is a major issue and as a global ports operator we have an important role to play, in partnership with customs authorities, in eradicating this morally reprehensible activity.”


The signing follows a visit of HRH The Duke of Cambridge to DP World’s London Gateway Port and Logistics Park to see first-hand some of the processes and issues that are faced on a daily basis by HM Revenue & Customs at the UK’s newest container port. The visit of HRH, hosted by DP World, included Lord Hague, Chairman of the Taskforce and other members of the Taskforce who met with His Excellency Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of both DP World and Dubai Customs.


Our ongoing work

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability practice, Dubai Customs already has in place various activities, campaigns and programmes to spread community awareness regarding endangered species and their remains. Through its co-sponsorship at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo at the Dubai Mall, more than 3 million visitors have so far benefitted from the information and knowledge about endangered species.

DP World and Dubai Customs will now work together to implement training for their employees on how to spot the signs of smuggling wildlife products as well as providing a whistle-blowing service for employees who want to report suspicious activity in confidence. Dubai Customs will be launching an awareness campaign on the issues of illegal wildlife trade at Dubai International Airport which will include distributing educational leaflets, offering Virtual Reality experiences and providing an incentives programme to encourage employees to act robustly against the signs of illegal trade. Both organisations will work together to encourage greater cooperation between official bodies, organisations and the transport sector to combat the illegal trade.

HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem continues:

“DP World’s work through the Taskforce builds on the strong environmental commitments it already takes as a sustainable business. Ensuring industry-leading environmental policies and practices is part of DP World’s commitment to protecting and supporting the communities in which it operates and ensures we remain a robust business for the long term.”

For more information about the need for vigilance regarding endangered species, the United for Wildlife programme in general, and DP World’s support, please watch this video.