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]

World Resources Institute (WRI)
World Resources Institute logo.jpg
Formation1982; 37 years ago (1982)
FounderJames Gustave Speth
HeadquartersWashington, 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



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 seven areas: food, forests, water, energy,[10] cities, climate and ocean.

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]
  • Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE), a public-private collaboration platform and project accelerating focusing on building the circular economy. PACE was launched during the 2018 World Economic Forum Annual meeting; from 2019, WRI is supporting the scale-up of PACE and establish an Action Hub in The Hague.[16]
  • Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, a partnership of NGOs, customers, suppliers and policymakers working to increase global use of clean and renewable energy.[17] It has 300 members including Google, GM, Facebook, Walmart, Disney and other large companies, and reached 6 GW capacity in 2018.[18]
  • 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.[19]
  • WRI Ross Center helps cities grow more sustainably and seeks to improve quality of life in developing countries around the world.[20]
  • World Resources Report, WRI's flagship report series. Each report deals with a different topic.[21]


  1. ^ a b 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. ^
  17. ^ Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance
  18. ^ Dzikiy, Phil (28 March 2019). "Google, GM, and more than 300 other companies launch Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance". Electrek. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  19. ^ Science Based Targets Initiative
  20. ^ WRI Ross Center
  21. ^ World Resources Report

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