“WHC is not a typical environmental NGO. While experts in biology and science, they also understand corporate operations and needs. The correlation between the two drives corporate conservation strategy and implementation in a way that is beneficial to both the environment and our financial, sustainability and stakeholder relations goals.”
Kevin Butt, General Manager, Environmental Sustainability Director, Toyota Motor North America
WHC deliver customized, comprehensive services that help companies align conservation efforts with business needs. With the guidance of our experienced team—uniquely versed in the areas of both biodiversity and business—members adopt company-wide, regional or operations focused strategies, or utilize WHC expertise on a site-level basis.
Regardless of the level of engagement, size of projects or type of operations, aligning conservation efforts with business needs helps companies meet biodiversity, sustainability, employee engagement and community relations goals.
WHC helps companies apply their business and sustainability philosophies to establish an integrated biodiversity and conservation education strategy.
Conservation strategy development. WHC facilitates the development of a strategic overarching conservation theme, focus or vision, to guide a company’s voluntary conservation initiatives. This typically involves portfolio analysis, selection and prioritization of values, and in-person working sessions with multi-disciplinary groups formed from various departments.
Conservation framework and implementation plan development. Many companies have conservation goals, but may lack strategic and tactical plans that turn aspirations into on-the-ground actions. WHC helps develop conservation frameworks that meet both corporate needs and on-the-ground realities.
Strategic implementation support. Whether the approach to conservation is developed internally or in collaboration with WHC, the WHC Strategy and Planning team guides site teams through the implementation process with direct support, training and tools, in addition to capturing outcomes for the duration of the collaboration. The support can be arranged on an as-needed basis or as part of our popular Yearly Service Plans.
Roadmap to conservation. In some cases, companies have a high interest in engaging in conservation but may not be ready for a large-scale strategy. An intermediary option is for WHC to complete a prioritization exercise, where facilities, projects and properties are ranked based on varied values and goals and aligned with stakeholder priorities. The result is an analysis – or roadmap – which serves as a guide on which to build either a site-by-site approach, or a large-scale strategy further in the future.
WHC helps companies identify approaches to strengthen conservation outcomes of existing and future programs. This includes how to expand positive impacts beyond property lines, address larger challenges (connectivity, corridors, watershed health), and contributed to alignments and key regional efforts.
Community engagement facilitation. WHC staff facilitates productive dialog with stakeholder groups by conducting planning sessions for long-term projects and programs. These planning sessions can benefit your facility and region, as well as increase visibility of your efforts.
Analysis and reporting. For companies that have been involved in voluntary conservation or stewardship activities for many years, results are often a collection of locally relevant actions and outcomes that can be difficult to report and publicize. WHC analyzes existing activities to creates a suite of reporting metrics, utilizing conservation alignments and WHC Conservation Certification data.
Conservation-based approaches to site cleanup and reuse. As a company develops a site’s remedial design, enters the construction phase, seeks to maximize the ecological and community value of the cleanup effort, or strategizes for divestiture, WHC identifies conservation initiatives to support remediation objectives and challenges.
Long-term engagement for special initiatives. Conservation concepts have a role in larger scale operations/operations, like capital infrastructure projects and facility permitting. WHC long-term engagement in such initiatives serves to identify and strategize conservation considerations that aid in decision-making, stakeholder relations, biodiversity and community investment.
WHC helps companies develop and implement positive conservation impacts with support of company team members through customized training, on-site and virtual visits, and one-on-one assistance.
Team capacity-building. From in-person workshops to online webinars, WHC offers education and skills training in planning, design, implementation, maintenance and monitoring across a wide range of relevant conservation topics.
Program establishment. WHC conducts site visits to a facility or group of facilities to identify a suite of suitable conservation projects that meet site goals, are compatible with operations, and contribute to local priorities. The visits are also suited to providing technical conservation guidance for adaptive management and improvement of conservation practices by the volunteers conducting implementation, maintenance and monitoring.
Program support. WHC supports existing programs by helping to solve challenges and identify opportunities, with the goal of strengthening the program in its current context, which may include changes in workforce, available property, etc.
WHC Conservation Certification assistance. WHC Strategy and Planning team offers one-on-one support though the Conservation Certification application process. Often needed in the case of first time applicants, or when resources at the facility level compromise the completion of the application in a desired time frame.