Money laundering enables poaching. And 30,000 elephants a year pay the price. 

Criminal syndicates kill an elephant every 25 minutes for its tusks. Then they abuse the financial system to legitimise the proceeds. It’s time for the financial sector to take a stand. See how we’re working with partners to fight the money laundering that fuels the illegal wildlife trade.

Explore how financial crime funds the poaching of endangered animals

Discover the facts and figures behind the illegal wildlife trade, the importance of treating the illegal wildlife trade like any other form of organised crime, and why banks have a role to play in tackling it. 

Explore how financial crime funds the poaching of endangered animals

Discover the facts and figures behind the illegal wildlife trade, the importance of treating the illegal wildlife trade like any other form of organised crime, and why banks have a role to play in tackling it. 

What experts and advocates say

At Standard Chartered, we want to apply what we’ve learnt in tackling other forms of financial crime to take the fight to the wildlife traders’ doors. That’s why we’re training bank branch tellers to better spot potentially suspicious transactions relating to the illegal wildlife trade and making this crime an area of focus for our financial crime investigators. Beyond our business we’re working to strengthen the collective understanding of the crime’s financial footprint, and are playing a central role in The Royal Foundation’s United for Wildlife Financial Taskforce.