Mission & Values

WRI is a global research organization that spans more than 50 countries, with offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States. Our 700 experts and staff work closely with leaders to turn big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We focus on six urgent global challenges that must be addressed this decade: cities, climate, energy, food, forests and water.

Our Values are shared ideals that bind us together. They articulate who we are and what we believe, influence our goals, guide our actions and help us to explain our aspirations to others.


Change in human behavior is urgently needed to end the scourge of poverty and halt accelerating environmental deterioration.


Honesty, candor and openness guide our work to ensure credibility and build trust.


To lead change for a sustainable world, we must be creative, forward thinking, entrepreneurial and adaptive.


Our effectiveness depends on work that is uncompromised by partisan politics, institutional or personal allegiances or sources of financial support.


Our relationships are based on the belief that all people deserve respect.

Our Mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.