Sponsor Microsite: The Nature Conservancy
TNC distinguishes itself from other nature advocacy groups by adopting a non-confrontational, business-like and scientific approach to conservation.
The Nature Conservancy has recognized that the private sector plays an important role in advancing our conservation mission. Businesses around the globe have a significant impact on our climate, the air we breathe and the water we drink, and businesses are increasingly interested in making their practices more environmentally friendly and investing in conservation—for the good of their customers and for the sustainability of their industries. The Nature Conservancy partners with top local and global companies around the world who share our vision for a sustainable planet.
Over the years, we have worked with thousands of companies around the world that cover a wide range of sectors, including Pepsi Co, Disney, IBM, Goldman Sachs, Walmart and Cargill. In Asia Pacific, we have worked with companies such as Neutrogena in Australia, Dragonair in Hong Kong, BHP Billiton in Australia and Rio Tinto in Mongolia.
In Hong Kong, The Nature Conservancy focuses on nature and its impact on quality of life for the territory’s primarily urban population – exploring urban conservation and further developing and growing support for the environment through education programs.
- To tackle the issue of waste in Hong Kong, TNC partnered with HK Cleanup, a volunteer program that brings people out to nature to learn about the problem by collecting trash from beaches, country parks and neighborhoods around Hong Kong. In 2014, more than 51,000 volunteers participated in our cleanups—making it one of the largest volunteer programs in the world. The volunteers collected more than 4.4 million pieces of trash that weighed a total around 3.9 million kilograms.
- To inspire the next generation to create a positive impact on the environment, the Nature Works Hong Kong Environmental Innovation and Leadership program was created and piloted with 5 English School Foundation (ESF) high schools in 2013 and scaled-up Hong Kong-wide in 2015 – with more than 100 student participants from almost 40 schools across Hong Kong as well as over 30 volunteer advisors who are professionals from a range of corporations – including the Green Building Council, South China Morning Post, Dow Chemicals and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Nature Works is the first program in Hong Kong to offer students aged from 14-16 years old the opportunities to transform their passion for the environment into developing and implementing real-world community projects, with the aim to inspire future environmental leaders and bring direct impact to the community. This year’s program is sponsored by the Hong Kong Airport Authority and Veolia.