Conservation Volunteers Australia joins the United Nations Global Compact: A major step towards sustainable development


With a storied 40-year legacy of mobilising Australians to actively protect and sustain nature, Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) is thrilled to announce its participation in the United Nations (UN) Global Compact. This reflects CVA’s unwavering commitment to the Compact’s 10 principles, with a particular focus on the environment, human rights, labour, and anti-corruption. CVA’s objective remains clear: maximising its contribution to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a special emphasis on six key areas (2, 3, 11, 13, 14, 15), where its impact can be most significant.


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Phil Harrison, chief executive officer, CVA, said, “CVA strives to inspire every Australian to undertake meaningful actions for nature through its robust, integrated, data-based, and impact-centric engagement strategy. Joining forces with the UNGC and hundreds of Australian enterprises, CVA is eager to rejuvenate the population’s relationship with nature to create a world in which both people and nature can thrive. CVA believes change begins with each one of us and the organisation is thrilled to see so many Australian businesses sharing its vision.”

As part of the UN Global Compact, CVA is obliged to report its engagement results as well as actions taken in support of the Compact’s principles. CVA firmly believes in the power of transparency to build trust and commits to disseminating this information through its primary communication channels.


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UNGC’s 10 Principles


CVA is focused on inspiring action and measurable impact, including:

  • motivating Australians to champion nature
  • assisting its corporate allies in embedding nature recovery into their sustainability blueprint
  • bolstering the Australian Government’s pledge and the global objective to safeguard 30 per cent of the planet’s lands, inland waters, coastal regions, and oceans for biodiversity.

Phil Harrison said, “CVA’s role in the UN Global Compact signifies the critical nature of initiatives like these in fuelling tangible change. This framework offers guidance and a platform for cooperation and progress monitoring which are key elements for delivering stronger sustainability outcomes and measurable results.”

From spearheading collaborations with Australian businesses on nature preservation to facilitating impactful actions for biodiversity, climate, and water, CVA has an extensive history of successful conservation engagement. Its participation in the Global Compact is a natural progression of its longstanding dedication and accomplishments.


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Having mobilised over one million days of action for nature, planted nearly 20 million trees, and protected more than 100 endangered species, CVA proudly stands as Australia’s leading experts in nature engagement.

As humanity faces a pivotal moment, time is of the essence. CVA is honoured to be a signatory of the world’s largest voluntary corporate citizenship initiative. Alongside Australian businesses, CVA is determined to amplify its impact and catalyse lasting change for both human wellbeing (SDG 3) and environmental health (SDG 2, 11, 13, 14, and 15).

CVA believes it’s high time for all businesses to intensify their efforts towards a prosperous future for nature and humanity. The silver lining? Organisations don’t need to wait for the TNFD Nature-Related Risk & Opportunity Management and Disclosure Framework to materialise this from September 2023; they can begin now.

CVA offers various avenues for making a positive impact, from local clean-up drives and citizen science projects to diverse habitat restoration activities. CVA fosters individual action and aids people in contributing to the preservation of biodiversity, ecosystem health, and the wellbeing of nature and mankind.


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It’s simple: We are nature, and nature is us. Let’s do everything we can to protect it.