This year, 91 local businesses donated over $200,000 to The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii’s Corporate Council for the Environment. The Conservancy launched the Corporate Council for the Environment in 1987 to engage the business community in supporting conservation in Hawai‘i, emphasizing the direct link between the economy and the environment. Since then, this coalition of local businesses has raised more than $3.5 million to protect Hawaii’s natural heritage.
Businesses that support the Corporate Council for the Environment at the Executive Leadership Circle level ($10,000+) are: Alexander & Baldwin, Hawaiian Airlines, Monsanto Fund, Outrigger Enterprises, Shidler Family Foundation, and Skyline Eco-Adventures.
Other significant contributions came from: ABC Stores, Blue Planet Foundation, The Cades Foundation, CMT-Asia, Goodfellow Brothers, Haleakala Ranch Company, Hawaiian Telcom, Open Ocean Productions, ProService Hawaii, and Rider Levett Bucknall.
“Our work to protect what is unique about our island home can only be done in partnership with businesses. We are grateful to our local companies for their generous support,” said Suzanne Case, the Conservancy’s Executive Director. “In uncertain economic times, protecting the environment can get deferred, but these companies know that in Hawai‘i the economy is the environment. Their vision and commitment help us ensure a sustainable Hawai‘i–for us and for future generations.”
Since 1980, The Nature Conservancy has been working to protect Hawaii’s native forests and more recently the nearshore waters of the main Hawaiian Islands. The Conservancy manages a statewide network of 10 high-biodiversity preserves, majority of which are strategically positioned in key watersheds throughout the state. The Conservancy’s marine program works in six coastal communities on three islands.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.