World Resources Institute (WRI)

Based in Wash DC with offices worldwide.

“Our more than 700 experts and staff work closely with leaders to turn big ideas into action to sustain our natural resources—the foundation of economic opportunity and human well-being. Our work focuses on six critical issues at the intersection of environment and development: climate, energy, food, forests, water, and cities and transport.”

Details of WRI’s climate activities are listed here:

Funding and Financials

WRI lists its donors here: Its annual report for 2018/19 indicates $111MN in revenue in 2018, 8% of which it states is directly from corporations. It notes corporate donors in excess of $750K as Cargill, Fedex, Google, Pepsico with dozens of other corporations providing funding for WRI’s services, partnerships and programs including oil majors Shell and Equinor, automakers GM and Honda and electric utilities American Electric Power and Southern Company. WRI CEO Andrew Steer received compensation of $468K in 2016 according to its 501(c)(3) tax filings. The Climate Program accounts for $11mn of program costs or 13%.

Links with Business on Climate Change

WRI maintains close links with corporations, providing consultative services to a number of major multinationals through its Consultative Members Group including major global firms: Abbott Labs, Bank of America, Cargill, Catepillar, Citigroup, Colgate Palmolive, DuPont, Edison Energy, Equinor, GM, Goldman Sachs, Google, J&J, Pepsico, Shell, Tyson Foods, Walmart and UPS among others. It is likely all of these companies provide WRI with funding.

It lists Shell and American Electric Power as a Program/Project Partners and the Toyota Mobility Fund and Shell Foundation as “Strategic” partners.