WHC’s Inaugural Business & Nature Summit Convenes Corporate Leaders to Discuss Challenges and Solutions

BETHESDA, MD, December 4, 2023 – WHC convened a high-level gathering of corporate leaders working at the intersection of business and biodiversity on November 7, 2023, in Phoenix, Arizona. The WHC Business & Nature Summit sought to explore the evolving landscape of regulatory and voluntary drivers for nature engagement and support the prioritization of integrating nature-related considerations into risk assessments, disclosures, and business decision-making.

As an originator of connecting companies to nature, WHC brought together a unique mix of companies from across sectors and the value chain. The participants represented a spectrum of professional roles across various industry sectors including energy, construction, oil and gas, mining, chemicals and more. WHC provided the participants with a sales-free environment for frank discussions about the emerging expectations and their real-world implications.

“This landscape of new standards and expectations around sustainability and biodiversity is creating the enabling conditions for companies to act to halt and reverse nature loss,“ said WHC President Margaret O’Gorman. “Our goal with the Business & Nature Summit is to create a forum where corporate leaders can connect across sectors to share and learn how these many new initiatives work in the real world of business so that we can accelerate adoption and implementation to achieve real wins for nature.”

The only international NGO focused solely on connecting companies to nature, WHC brings 35 years of experience in helping corporations understand how to take action for nature. The WHC Business & Nature Summit helped address uncertainty around new ESG expectations through open conversations to ultimately support industry leaders in their biodiversity uplift work.

About WHC:

WHC has been working at the nexus of business and nature for 35 years. It is the only international NGO focused exclusively on enabling private sector action for nature. WHC builds strategies and frameworks that connect corporate ambition for nature to robust action on corporate lands. WHC works with mostly Fortune 500 corporations, traversing value chains, jurisdictions and geographies. It seeks to integrate nature, especially biodiversity, with climate, equity and engagement to support sustainable ecosystems and healthy communities. WHC’s corporate members represent some of the leading national and multinational corporations seeking to support sustainable ecosystems and the communities that surround them. These efforts have resulted in more than 1,000 certified programs across 47 states and 28 countries.

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