Who We Are

Mission, Vision, Values

Thirty-five years ago, a visionary group of companies started a non-profit conservation organization to help preserve and enhance biodiversity on corporate lands. Today, WHC has grown to over 100 members in 19 countries and 47 U.S. states. 

Montana nature landscape

WHC has been working at the nexus of business and biodiversity for 35 years, and is the only international NGO focused exclusively on enabling private sector action for nature. WHC builds strategies and frameworks for companies to integrate nature, especially biodiversity, with climate, equity and engagement to support sustainable ecosystems and healthy communities.

Our Mission

To recognize, inspire, engage and support businesses to achieve wins for nature.

Our Vision

A world in which nature is fully integrated into all aspects of business (operations, corporate citizenship and management).

Our Values

We are a bold, driven, inclusive, and true team, and we believe that every act of conservation matters. 

We are bold. driven. inclusive. true.

We are bold.

This means we:

  • Enable conservation, not enforce 
  • Encourage fresh ideas and embrace new ways of doing things 
  • React quickly yet thoughtfully


  • A brown bear with cub in the forest

We are driven.

This means we:

  • Set ambitious goals 
  • Focus on impact and measures 
  • Develop simple, elegant solutions to complex challenges


We are inclusive.

This means we:

  • Make conservation achievement accessible to all types of organizations 
  • Cross fence lines to broaden engagement 
  • Respect different ways of getting the job done


We are true.

This means we:

  • Embrace transparency even when it’s uncomfortable 
  • Are honest in our processes, outcomes and impact 
  • Say what we mean


Our Origin Short Story

Thirty-five years ago, corporate conservation was almost non-existent. The lands surrounding corporate structures were afterthoughts. Nature wasn’t something to be enjoyed at work, or to be shared with the surrounding community.

But a group of corporate executives from Anheuser Busch, BP, DuPont, Exxon and U.S. Steel — who also happened to be hunters, fisherman and outdoor enthusiasts — saw an opportunity. Why not use these forgotten parcels to develop and maintain wildlife habitat? Habitat that not only benefits the animals living on the sites, but also offers enjoyment and engagement for employees.

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