Exploring wildlife trafficking, environmental crime and the impact on security and global supply chains.

Listen to our expert-led webinar to gain insights into challenges, solutions and recommendations to combat Green Crime.

Green Crime - comprising of wildlife and environmental crime – is estimated to be worth up to US$258 billion a year.  It is one of the most lucrative illicit activities.

These criminal activities have an impact on local communities, many of which are among the most vulnerable and poorest in the world. They threaten our wildlife, affect business supply chains, and poses a danger to security and stability across the globe

The COVID-19 pandemic is a watershed moment, shining the spotlight on the global wildlife trade as a breeding ground for disease, and opportunities for viruses to leap to humans. Interpol and Europol report that criminals are exploiting the pandemic through supply chain, fraud, cybercrime and investment scams. Some commentators recognise that COVID-19 may permanently alter global value chains and the international production networks unless the public and private sectors find ways to enable effective crisis management for the future.

Topics discussed:

  • How can we promote greater collaboration between law enforcement, regulators and the private sector to combat wildlife trafficking and environmental crime?
  • Should there be further legislative guidance and enforcement to encourage organisations to fight Green Crime?
  • Should there be more attention given to due diligence processes in supply chain management which takes into account all environmental impacts and human rights?
  • What are the solutions to help combat Green Crime? 

Event info

  • Format

  • Speakers

    Alexandria Reid (Research Fellow - Royal United Services Institute), Jon Godson (Assistant Director - International Air Transport Association), John Cusack (Financial Crime Fighter focused on Green Crimes) and Che Sidanius (Global Head of Financial Crime and Industry Affairs - Refinitiv)
  • Duration

    1 Hour


Alexandria Reid Research Fellow, National Security & Resilience - Royal United Services Institute

Alexandria is a Research Analyst in the Organised Crime and Policing team at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), the world’s oldest security and defence think tank. Her research focusses on environmental security and illicit trade. Since 2017, she has run a project dedicated to the use of financial investigations in countering IWT, delivering training to 26 government agencies and 43 financial institutions in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. This project has produced tailored handbooks for the use of financial intelligence and a 15-minute e-learning module co-developed with the Environmental Investigation Agency. She currently leads projects in West Africa and Southeast Asia on the financial disruption of IWT. She is co-author of ‘Turning the Tide: Learning from Responses of IUU Fishing in Five Countries’ (2019). She is a Guest Lecturer at the Marjan Centre for the Study of Conflict and the Environment at King’s College London, where she lectures on gender, conflict and natural resources.

John Cusack Financial Crime Fighter, focused on Green Crimes including wildlife crime and human trafficking

John Cusack, Financial Crime Fighter. John is an adviser to financial institutions and industry participants, with focus on Green Crimes including wildlife crime and human trafficking. John has previously held the position of Global Financial Crime Head at Standard Chartered Bank & UBS and was Chairman of the Wolfsberg Group until end 2019.

Jon Godson Assistant Director, Aviation Environment - International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Jon joined the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in 2008 and has over thirty years professional environmental management experience including 4 years with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). He is currently supporting the development of strategic environmental management best practices for the airline sector and has been leading IATA’s activities related to combating the illegal trade in wildlife in the airline sector since October 2014.

Che Sidanius Global Head of Financial Crime & Industry Affairs - Refinitiv

Che is the Global Head of Financial Regulatory & Industry Affairs. His role is to identify and influence regulatory changes which may impact the Risk business, including leading programmes of action and driving these strategic initiatives to fruition with the sole purpose of delivering the best possible outcome for our customers and the industry. The most immediate is to help provide regulatory & policy clarity from senior level relationships with government, customers and industry. Together with the World Economic Forum and Europol, he formed the Global Coalition to Fight Financial Crime. Other members now include the Institute of International Finance, the European Banking Federation, Royal United Services Institute, to name a few. Prior to joining Refinitiv, his work experience includes having worked in big 4 consultancies (KPGM & PWC) a Senior Advisor to the Bank of England's Financial Stability Directorate and Senior Supervisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of NY. His most notable award was receiving the Presidential Award for work done to manage systemic risk used during the 2007-09 financial crisis


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