Protecting Pollinators, People & the Planet

By safeguarding pollinators, we aim to safeguard global biodiversity. To us, the bee, a keystone species, symbolises all the species that life on earth is made of. 

Pollinators are not only vital to our food supply, they are a key part of the biological diversity that all forms of life depend on. Pollination results in the proliferation of 87% of the world’s flowering plant species that provide around 77% of the global food supply we depend on for our survival. Three quarters of the world’s crops, worth $235 - $577 billion annually rely on pollinators, as do around 1.4 billion jobs worldwide.

The World Bee Project CIC (WBP) is a global start-up community interest company developing and promoting a sustainable relationship between pollination, food security, biodiversity, and human wellbeing.

Worldwide, the World Bee Project and the University of Reading School of Agriculture, Policy and Development (SAPD) partnership provide a core of expertise and capacity which can adapt and extend to address key emerging challenges of sustainable agriculture in the face of pollination decline, climate change, urbanisation and social and political changes. The shared expertise and networks of the partnership enable it to develop projects and build capacity to address global challenges and ensure important impacts through wider engagement with the public, NGOs and policy makers.

In the UK, the World Bee Project is launching the first phase of the World Hive Network to generate data and information to help improve understanding of pollination deficits and honey bee and bumble bee declines, enhance agri-environment monitoring and evaluation, strengthen existing surveillance, help scientists to better understand how the honey bee and bumble bee species impact the ecology and evolutionary dynamics of plant and pollinator species in natural ecosystems, and support the policy needs of Defra.


The World Bee Project is a member of Defra’s Pollinator Advisory Steering Group (PASG). 

Defra very much welcome the work that the World Bee Project is doing in England to support the National Pollinator Strategy.

Defra is committed to working in partnership with a range of organisations to help deliver the aims of the National Pollinator Strategy. It is only through collaboration with organisations such as the World Bee Project and others that we will be able to achieve our vision of seeing pollinators thrive.”
— Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
The growing threat to pollinators which play an important role in food security, provides another compelling example of how connected people are to our environment, and how deeply entwined our fate is with that of the natural world. As we work towards food security, it is important to approach the challenge with a consideration of the environmental impacts that drive the issue. Sustainable development, including improving food security for the world’s population, necessitates an approach that embraces the environment.
— Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)



The World Bee Project is a British community interest company, a CIC. A community interest company (CIC) exists to benefit the community rather than private shareholders. A CIC is the UK equivalent of a 'Benefit Corporation' in the United States.