World Resources Institute

World Resources Institute (WRI)
Formation 1982 (1982)
Founder James Gustave Speth
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
United States
Andrew Steer
Chairman of the Board
James Harmon
Revenue (2016)
US$ 90 millions[1]:57
Expenses (2016) US$ 90 millions[1]:57

The World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global research non-profit organization that was established in 1982 with funding from the MacArthur Foundation[2] under the leadership of James Gustave Speth.[3]


They maintain offices in the United States, China, India, Brazil, and Indonesia.[4] The organization's mission is to promote environmental sustainability, economic opportunity, and human health and well-being.[5] WRI partners with local and national governments, private companies, publicly held corporations, and other non-profits, and offers services including global climate change issues, sustainable markets, ecosystem protection, and environmental responsible governance services.[6][7][8]

In 2014, Stephen M. Ross, an American real estate developer, gave the organization 30 millions of dollars to establish WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities.[9]


WRI's activities are focused on six areas: food, forests, water, energy,[10] cities, and climate.

WRI initiatives include:

  • The Access Initiative, a civil society network dedicated to ensuring that citizens have the right and ability to influence decisions about the natural resources that sustain their communities.[11]
  • Aqueduct, an initiative to measure, map and understand water risks around the globe.[12]
  • Champions 12.3, a coalition of executives to accelerate progress toward United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.3 to tackle food loss and waste.[13]
  • Global Forest Watch, an online forest monitoring and alert system.
  • The Greenhouse Gas Protocol provides standards, guidance, tools, and trainings for business and government to quantify and manage GHG emissions.[14]
  • LandMark, a platform providing maps and information on lands that are collectively held and used by Indigenous peoples and local communities[15]
  • Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, a partnership of NGOs, customers, suppliers and policymakers working to increase global use of clean and renewable energy.[16]
  • The Science Based Targets Initiative helps companies transition to a low-carbon economic profile by setting greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in line with climate science.[17]
  • WRI Ross Center helps cities grow more sustainably and seeks to improve quality of life in developing countries around the world.[18]
  • World Resources Report, WRI's flagship report series. Each report deals with a different topic.[19]


  1. 1 2 Rising to the Challenge; WRI Annual Report 2016–2017 (PDF). Washington DC: World Resources Institute (WRI). 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  2. Broder, John M. (March 14, 2012). "Climate Change Envoy to Lead Influential Institute". New York Times. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  3. "James Gustave Speth". World Resources Institute. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  4. "Charity Navigator: World Resources Institute". Charity Navigator. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  5. "World Resources Institute Offices – Washington DC". Office Snapshots. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  6. Bloomberg (2017). "World Resources Institute". Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  7. "Charitywatch: World Resources Institute". American Institute of Philanthropy. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  8. Bloomberg (2017). "World Resources Institute". Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  9. Pogrebin, Robin. "Developer Gives $30 Million to Establish City Planning Center". New York Times. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  10. M.A. Siraj (September 15, 2017). "Powering cities with clean energy". Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  11. The Access Initiative
  12. Aqueduct
  13. Champions 12.3
  14. Greenhouse Gas Protocol
  15. LandMark
  16. Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance
  17. Science Based Targets Initiative
  18. WRI Ross Center
  19. World Resources Report

See also

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