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Business Council

Around the world, leading global businesses are seeking to have a positive impact on the environment—to strengthen operations, supply chains, customer and supplier relationships, and reputation. Companies have undertaken corporate sustainability initiatives to improve the management of natural resources globally—in energy, forest products, agriculture, mining, and fisheries. As The Nature Conservancy pursues ambitious goals to protect land and water for nature and people, we pursue key business alliances that serve to achieve our shared goals.

The Conservancy’s Business Council brings together businesses and Conservancy experts to learn about the value of nature and develop corporate conservation best practices. We seek Council members to demonstrate corporate leadership in valuing and investing in nature, and to collaborate to develop common positions and advocacy strategies in key areas of public policy and to advance global conservation objectives. The Conservancy looks to these members for input, while maintaining an independent role and seeking to advance practices and strategies that best align with and support our mission.

Videos: Hear why companies such as The Dow Chemical Company and The Coca-Cola Company believe corporate sustainability efforts are imperative for the future of their organizations. 

Value to Business Council Members

Council meetings provide an opportunity for members to:

  • Learn about the Conservancy’s pioneering efforts to value and invest in nature, mitigate related business risks and realize new opportunities for their own companies. Council members benefit from the Conservancy’s core competencies in conservation planning, site-based conservation, habitat management, community outreach and capacity building, and conservation finance.
  • Network with peers from a variety of industries and sectors, united by an interest in valuing nature and biodiversity, harnessing green infrastructure, habitat conservation and improving the overall environmental performance of their company. The Council provides a welcoming and transparent forum for participants to exchange ideas and experiences with peers from outside their sectors and the Conservancy.
  • Benchmark best practices by examining the outcomes of various collaborations developed among companies, the Conservancy and other groups to identify strengths, challenges and opportunities. The Conservancy contributes to this process through its science-based, results-oriented approach to conservation.
  • Contribute to conservation results by helping the Conservancy meet priorities and overcome challenges by sharing expertise, skills, experience and resources. Individual members might also develop new and deeper collaborations with the Conservancy that meet the particular objectives of the company and support the conservation of natural resources.


Invitation and continued membership is at the discretion of The Nature Conservancy. By participating in the Council, members are demonstrating an interest in integrating conservation and stewardship into their business strategy while supporting biodiversity, habitat conservation and good environmental practices.

Bank of America
Barrick Gold
The Boeing Company
BP America, Inc.
Duke Energy
Dutch Royal Shell
Ecolab, Inc.
Plum Creek
Weyerhaeuser Co

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