Conservation International (CI) is a thriving foundation that helps the environment and its wildlife all over the globe. It has nearly 900 employees, serves in over 40 countries, targets 34 “hotspots”, and has been in operation for nearly 21 years as of 2008. Conservation International is a nonprofit organization with the objective of maintaining all of our 1.5 million known plant and animal species and to preserve global biodiversity.
CI encourages all facets of society to take part in working to maintain environment for the future. In order to do this, they join with corporate partners, governmental partners, non-governmental organizations, and community partners. They take part in funding, encouraging, and assisting the work that must be done to achieve their goals. One of CI’s partnerships is with the Ford Motor Company. This partnership began in 1995 when Ford agreed to finance CI’s work in Brazil. From there the partnership grew into a large nationwide organization called Center for Environmental Leadership in Business. This partnership has achieved goals and helped the environment in many ways. In their Sonora, Mexico plant, they demonstrated how they, and other large corporations, can work to conserve fresh water which is scarce in this part of Mexico.
CI also partnered with McDonald’s Restaurants and DreamWorks studio. They collaborated on the “Bee Movie” project. Peter Seligmann from CI stated, “We’re so pleased to extend our long-term relationship with McDonald’s in this important effort to protect vital bee habitats and inform children about the small things they can do to make a big difference for our planet.” Since 1990, McDonald’s has been sponsoring and encouraging environmental changes for the better. CI has also worked with McDonald’s restaurants in showing them how to use lower amounts of energy and water on a day to day basis. CI has also worked with many other well known companies and organizations such as Starbucks, Intel, Coca-Cola, Bank of America, Coach, and Tiffany’s.
As people all over the world are trying to have a positive influence on their world, CI continues to look for new partners. Achieving a sustainable world is becoming more of a concern to more and more people, but it’s organizations like Conservation International which are helping to keep that goal moving forward.
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