The world’s economies are built on natural resources like water, forests, minerals, and fossil fuels. But these resources—and the businesses and communities that rely on them—now face physical and ecological limits.
Leaders at the 2013 World Economic Forum named climate change and water supply as two of the top five risks facing companies. Meanwhile, greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, loss of natural resources, and other environmental problems cost the global economy $4.7 trillion annually.
Leading companies are realizing that effective management of resources is smart business. WRI helps the private sector develop strategies that support sustainable development and drive growth.
WRI creates maps, tools, analyses, and solutions to help private sector actors minimize current and future risks, such as water scarcity and energy price volatility. Our research identifies new strategies for business to maximize opportunities by integrating environmental sustainability across their operations, products, and services. Our practical guidance helps companies assess and reduce impacts like greenhouse gas emissions along their entire value chains. And our Corporate Consultative Group forges innovative partnerships to support knowledge-sharing and collaboration across sectors, industries, and geographies.
Aqueduct's global water risk mapping tool helps companies, investors, governments, and other users understand where and how water risks and opportunities are emerging worldwide.
More than 1.3 billion people still lack access to affordable, reliable electricity—critical to education, health and livelihoods. Fossil fuels also continue to be the dominant fuel source; more than 40 percent of world’s electricity generation still relies on coal burning. The current model for...
The mapping application unites satellite technology, open data, and crowdsourcing to guarantee access to timely and reliable information about forests.
Global Forest Watch launched on February 20, 2014, convening government and corporate leaders to explore how governments, businesses...
Publications & Resources
A Report on Scoping Activities in Six Countriespublication