The Nature Conservancy’s overarching Corporate Engagement strategy is to encourage and help companies incorporate the value of nature into their business decisions. The Conservancy believes that embedding nature’s benefits [and accounting for avoided costs] into business practices will lead to substantial conservation outcomes while offering opportunities to achieve improved business performance.
Protecting the environment and building stronger businesses can be mutually reinforcing. Changing the ways companies value and interact with the natural resources they impact and depend on presents a tremendous opportunity to transform corporate policy and practice for the benefit of both nature and people.
As part of that effort, the Conservancy created the Business Council as a consultative forum and collaborative platform for action and learning to advance the business case for nature.
The Council is comprised of industry-leading companies that have the ability to impact the development of best practices. The Council works to advance this vision by sharing in-depth case studies, scientific research, business tools, and economic data with company representatives. The Council also provides opportunities for cross-sector information sharing, setting the stage for significant conservation outcomes and business performance.
The Business Council provides its member companies the opportunity to:
- Learn about the latest Nature Conservancy science, conservation projects and corresponding implications and opportunities for the private sector
- Develop business tools and economic cases that incorporate the value of nature into business practices
- Connect with cross-sector business leaders, policy experts, and leading scientists
- Collaborate to establish the public policies, best practices, and enabling conditions for a sustainable economic future
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
The Boeing Company
BP America, Inc.
The Coca-Cola Company
The Dow Chemical Company
Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc.
Royal Dutch Shell
Starbucks Coffee Company
Xerox Corporation Ltd.