Amyris and World Wildlife Fund Announce Partnership to Protect Biodiversity
Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMRS), a leading synthetic biotechnology company accelerating the world’s transition to sustainable consumption through its Lab-to-Market™ technology platform and clean beauty consumer brands, today announced a partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, to support WWF’s efforts to improve ocean health and reduce the impact of fishing on shark populations.
The partnership underlines and furthers Amyris’ ESG commitment as outlined in the company’s recently announced and published 2021 Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”) report. According to the most recent Living Planet Report in 2022, the population sizes of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles have seen an alarming average drop of 69% since 1970. This loss affects human health and well-being, which is why WWF and Amyris are coming together to support and protect biodiversity.
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During the first year of this partnership, Amyris will support WWF: (1) to drive fisheries in Ecuador and Peru to more sustainable fishing and (2) to reduce fishing gear impacts on sharks. Also, Amyris and WWF will collaborate to identify target ingredients for Amyris’ molecule pipeline that could reduce the impact on ocean ecosystems and have a meaningful impact on biodiversity and endangered habitats.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with WWF to continue and deepen our commitment to protecting biodiversity,” said Beth Bannerman, Chief Engagement and Sustainability Officer, Amyris. “Every day at Amyris we think about how we can improve the health of people and planet, push boundaries and drive change, and this partnership is a natural fit.”
“As our planet faces a biodiversity crisis, the need for companies to invest in solutions that protect the health of essential habitats, including our oceans, has never been more important,” said Sheila Bonini, SVP Private Sector Engagement, World Wildlife Fund. “We are enthusiastic about the possibilities this partnership holds for showing the positive link between sustainability, clean chemistry and healthy habitats and the importance of science leading to positive impacts on biodiversity.”