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“The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. We are dedicated to preserving biological diversity, and... our values compel us to find ways to ensure that human activities can be conducted harmoniously with the preservation of natural diversity.” (; 6/20/03)

“The Nature Conservancy works with the business community to find common ground between conservation and industry. We accept their financial and land donations, engage in cause-related marketing, foster direct conservation action, and participate in event sponsorship. The Conservancy always seeks to develop creative partnerships with corporations that result in tangible, lasting conservation.” (; accessed 7/1/03)

According to TNC’s website, corporations can “partner with TNC using several different platforms, including:

Philanthropic support:

“MBNA has contributed more than $5 million to the Conservancy through the Nature Conservancy credit card program.” (; accessed 7/1/03)

“3M and The Nature Conservancy have enjoyed a partnership spanning two decades. We have worked together locally and internationally, on business councils and land transactions, and with the personal commitment and involvement of 3M employees. In the early 1990s, 3M generously supported the Conservancy's Last Great Places campaign with a gift of lands worth $3.4 million. In 2001, 3M made a substantial commitment to The Conservancy's Campaign for Conservation and pledged not only a gift of over $5 million but also corporate leadership through 3M executives.” (; accessed 7/1/03)

“Over the last five years, [The Orvis Company] donated nearly $5 million to The Nature Conservancy and other conservation organizations.” (; accessed 7/1/03)

Cause-related marketing

“In 1998, Tom’s of Maine supported the Maine chapter of The Nature Conservancy through a $500,000 donation to the St. John River project.” (; accessed 7/1/03)

“In May 1998, General Mills joined with The Nature Conservancy to support environmental work by creating a unique, cause-related marketing program for Nature Valley Granola Bars. The partnership linked Nature Valley's product with the Conservancy's dedication to the environment and has generated over $500,000 for conservation.” (; accessed 7/1/03)

“Since 1980, Bank of America and its branches have donated close to $2 million to help fund the Conservancy's conservation efforts at sites throughout the United States. Bank of America's ‘Conservation Check Program’ has generated over $400,000 since 1990.” (; accessed 7/1/03)

Conservation action

“The Home Depot in 2002 announced a $1 million donation over five years to help The Nature Conservancy combat illegal logging and promote sustainable timber harvesting in Indonesia.” (; accessed 7/1/03)

According to the Washington Post, the Conservancy received donations from 1,900 corporate sponsors. Corporate donations rose from $1.8 million in 1993 to $225 million [in 2002]. TNC’s unpaid 38-member Board of Governors has included past and present executives and directors of major industrial corporations.

“[In 2003], the Conservancy launched an initiative adopting the approach that would supply corporations with pollution credits.…[General Motors] contributed $10 million to the plan….

“The Conservancy has profited by selling its name and logo to companies….for use on neckties, breakfast cereal, coffee, and credit cards. Companies pay six-figure fees to stamp the Conservancy’s oak leaf on their packaging….

“Centex Corp., one of the nation’s largest residential construction firms…pledged $3 million to the Conservancy. Centex sits on the Conservancy’s leadership council, and the chairman of Centex Homes served on a Conservancy advisory board. Centex also has helped the Conservancy retain its claim of having 1 million members. The charity handed out more than 40,000 free memberships to Centex employees and customers….

“The Conservancy offers corporations seats on its International Leadership Council for $25,000 and up. A few ILC corporation members include: Exxon Mobil, which donated $5 million; Phillips Alaska Inc., which donated $1 million; General Motors with donations of $22 million in cash and vehicles over the last decade; the Centex Corporation, pledging $3 million; and Georgia-Pacific, donating $3 million in 2000.” (Washington Post, A1, 5/4/03)

TNC’s International Leadership Council

“ILC members contribute greatly to the development of the plans, tools and resources The Nature Conservancy needs to accomplish its ambitious mission of preserving the diversity of life on Earth. Representatives to the ILC typically are the chief environmental officers of their companies (i.e., Senior Vice President or Vice President).”

Members include:

  • 3M Company
  • Alliant Energy
  • American Electric Power
  • AT&T Company
  • Bank of America
  • The Boeing Company
  • Boise Cascade Corporation
  • BP
  • Cargill
  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • Centex Corporation
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • DaimlerChrysler Corporation
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Duke Energy Corporation
  • Eastman Kodak Company
  • Exelon Corporation
  • General Electric Company
  • General Motors Corporation
  • Georgia-Pacific Corporation
  • International Paper
  • Leucadia National Corporation
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • MBNA America Bank, N.A.
  • MeadWestvaco Corporation
  • Nestle Waters North America
  • Pfizer, Inc.
  • Plum Creek
  • PG&E Corporation
  • SC Johnson & Son, Inc.
  • Temple-Inland
  • Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
  • Unocal Corporation
  • Weyerhaeuser Company
  • Xerox Corporation

(; accessed 10/11/07)

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