Coastal dunes, one of the threatened California ecosystems, found at Moss Landing, California, north of Monterey.
Moss Landing Coastal dunes, one of the threatened California ecosystems, found at Moss Landing, California, north of Monterey. © Kiliii Yuyan

Transforming Business Practices

Business Council

Focusing on Biodiversity Preservation, Habitat Conservation and Natural Resource Management

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 gains and improved business performance.

The Business Council provides its member companies the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the latest Conservancy science, conservation projects and corresponding implications and opportunities for the private sector
  • Develop business tools and economic case studies  that incorporate and demonstrate the value of nature in 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

Hear what companies such as The Dow Chemical Company have to say about the importance of sustainability efforts and their engagement with the Conservancy.



The Business Council, along with the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, have put together a white paper on how companies can best incorporate nature-based solutions into business operations. You can learn more about this effort here, and download the report below.

Read the White Paper


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.

The Bank of America Corporation
Bayer AG
The BNSF Railway Company
The Boeing Company
BP America
Cargill, Inc.
Chevron Corporation
The Dow Chemical Company
Duke Energy Corporation
The Mosaic Company
PepsiCo, Inc.