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Membership No.





Environmental or Nature Conservation Organisations (Non Governmental Organisations)


United States

Member since

4 May 2012


World Resources Institute (WRI)


WRI is a global research organization that spans more than 50 countries, with offices in the United States, China, India, Brazil, Indonesia and more. 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.

We measure our success through real change on the ground. Our approach involves three essential steps: Count It, Change It, and Scale It.

Count It
We start with data. We conduct independent research and draw on the latest technology to develop new insights and recommendations. Our rigorous analysis identifies risks, unveils opportunities, and informs smart strategies. We focus our efforts on influential and emerging economies where the future of sustainability will be determined.

Change It
We use our research to influence government policies, business strategies, and civil society action. We test projects with communities, companies, and government agencies to build a strong evidence base. Then, we work with partners to deliver change on the ground that alleviates poverty and strengthens society. We hold ourselves accountable to ensure our outcomes will be bold and enduring.

Scale It
We don’t think small. Once tested, we work with partners to adopt and expand our efforts regionally and globally. We engage with decision-makers to carry out our ideas and elevate our impact. We measure success through government and business actions that improve people's lives and sustain a healthy environment.

ACOP Report Submissions

Organisation's Commitments Toward Sustainability

  • How will your organisation promote the RSPO internally and to other stakeholders?
    WRI staff actively participate in RSPO decision making processes and public events, often times representing the interests of RSPO itself, and always in helping to improve the effectiveness and impact of the RSPO. We also partner directly with the RSPO Secretariat and work closely with individual RSPO members to improve the sustainability of the palm oil industry. As a representative on the RSPO Board of Governors, WRI also communicates closely with ENGOs (both members and non members), regarding RSPO approach, decisions, progress, challenges.
  • Where relevant, what processes is the organisation establishing to engage with interested parties, for example to resolve conflict or to use sustainably produced palm oil?
    (1) Supporting the RSPO and its individual members by improving transparency and quality of spatial data related to palm oil supply chains and forests and by developing tools to identify deforestation risks, track trends over time, and monitor deforestation and fires in near-real time through Global Forest Watch. This includes the development of new datasets such as the Universal Mill List , analyses such as the PALM Risk tool, new platforms such as Global Forest Watch Pro, as well as engagement with RSPO and RSPO member companies on how to use these tools to drive impact.

    (2) Supporting spatial analysis initiatives by the RSPO, such as "Eyes on the Haze" and the recent launch of GeoRSPO platform (powered by Global Forest Watch), and HCV/NPP monitoring.

    (3) Promoting the effectiveness of the RSPO standard by participating in working groups, task forces, Board of Governors, and conferences.

    (4) Promoting improved land use planning and data alignment in Indonesia through the One Map initiative and other government engagement.

    (5) Building capacity of smallholders in pilot areas of Indonesia for sustainability and RSPO certification through the Land Use Accountability initiative.
  • Where relevant, how will your organisation work towards implementing the RSPO Principles and Criteria or assessing supplier performance against these criteria?
    During this reporting period, WRI has been participating in the ongoing revision of the P&C in the P&C TF to help strengthen the standard. WRI also participates in the BHCV Working Group - which provides tools and guidance to help effectively implement HCV - related elements of the P&C and is also on the HCVRN Management Committee.

    Beyond this, the data, tools, and analyses from Global Forest Watch help companies to assess deforestation related risks within their supply chains in order to prioritize further engagement, to monitor areas ongoing issues, and to track progress over time.
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