President’s Message

Calling Nature Back: Celebrating Random Acts of Conservation

photo of Margaret O'Gorman President of Wildlife Habitat Council

By Margaret O’Gorman, President, Wildlife Habitat Council A presentation entitled “Avoiding Random Acts of Conservation” recently came across my desk and my first thought was, Why would anyone want to do that? The point of the presentation was that by avoiding random acts of conservation, we ensure that resources provided for conservation are used strategically and outcomes are evaluated efficiently, but we also create a barrier to entry, exacerbating the growing distance between people and nature. The presentation had an important message for conservation professionals, but an unfortunate title for everyone else engaged in efforts to improve our natural world. [more…]

The 26th Annual Symposium: The Big Pivot Meets The Corporate Idealist

By Margaret O’Gorman, President, Wildlife Habitat Council The Wildlife Habitat Council is a hive of activity at the moment as the final pieces of our 26th Annual Symposium fall into place. The Symposium is an annual celebration of corporate conservation and represents one of the most optimistic conservation conferences today, thanks to its focus on implementation and its role recognizing hundreds of programs under our certification programs. At this conference, action is honored and outstanding efforts are highlighted through an awards event that includes conservation partners, education efforts, newly certified programs, and long-time practitioners of conservation on corporate lands. The [more…]

Three Ways Corporations Can Battle Invasive Species

By Margaret O’Gorman, President, Wildlife Habitat Council Invasive species do incredible damage to our natural world. From Dutch elm disease devastating the American elm tree in the 1930s, North American rhododendron hybrids choking woodlands in Western Europe today and over 30 species of introduced mammals riding roughshod over New Zealand’s wild and wonderful lands since the 18th century, species introduced accidently or on purpose can have powerful impacts. WHC’s corporate partners, due to their international presence, their well-defined supply chains and knowledge of their industries, are uniquely positioned to make a positive difference in this arena. The spread of invasive [more…]

Retaining Simplicity in Recognizing Conservation

By Margaret O’Gorman, President, Wildlife Habitat Council Humans love to complicate things. We all know that if we eat natural foods and exercise, we increase our chances of being healthy. Yet this has not stopped the growth of an entire industry of diet plans, cookbooks, and personal trainers to help us build complicated paths towards healthier lives. The conservation world has done much the same to the simple act of improving a habitat or an ecosystem. We know if we plant the right things, at the right time, in the right place and manage them in the right way, we [more…]

On Reading “The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist”

By Margaret O’Gorman, President, Wildlife Habitat Council Christine Bader, the author of “The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist,” built a career advancing human rights protection within the global business context. She started her work at BP where she helped develop BP’s human rights values and then worked on a UN initiative to start to normalize the concept of corporate responsibility in this important sphere. She defines herself as a “Corporate Idealist,” one who seeks to pursue pragmatic solutions within the corporate structure rather than advocate for disruptive change on the outside. The lessons she has learned, and shares in this fascinating [more…]

A Hands-On Approach to Building the STEM Workforce of Tomorrow

By Margaret O’Gorman,  President, Wildlife Habitat Council STEM–the acronym deployed to cover the disciplines of science, engineering, technology and math–is a hot topic right now. Statistics and studies point to a deficit in appropriately trained STEM graduates to meet the workforce demands of the future although governments, institutions, and NGOs advance STEM training as having great social and economic benefit to individuals in both developed and developing nations. UNESCO cites proficiency in science and technology as a critical element in creating economic opportunity. In the EU, the European Roundtable of Industrialists has partnered with a network of 30 European Ministries [more…]

Bringing Nature to the Human Workplace

By Margaret O’Gorman,  President, Wildlife Habitat Council The board of the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) recently met at the 79th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Denver that brought together nearly 900 conservation professionals from state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations from across North America. By embedding our board meeting in the conference, we were able to build new bridges to the agencies and non-profit conservation partners we’ve been working with for many years. By participating in meetings and discussions at the conference, our message and unique approach to delivering conservation within the corporate world was heard. [more…]

Connecting to Enhance WHC Certification

By Margaret O’Gorman, President, Wildlife Habitat Council In early February, the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) convened an impressive group of stakeholders to kick-start the design phase of an enhanced certification program that, when launched, will incorporate contemporary conservation and education initiatives to ensure and incentivize the best conservation projects and education programs across WHC’s membership. This meeting was attended by representatives from federal agencies including Interior, Agriculture, State, Education, Defense and EPA. Non-profit partners Pollinator Partnership, Defenders of Wildlife, The Conservation Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and Monarch Watch also participated. Representing the WHC corporate membership were employees from ExxonMobil, Waste [more…]