The World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit organization consisting of scientists, economists, policy experts, business analysts, statistical analysts, mapmakers, and communicators who develop and promote policies to protect the earth and improve life standards of people. WRI is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people’s lives. Its mission is to protect the environment and to protect its capacity to meet the needs of present and future generations.
WRI was launched June 3, 1982 when the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation of Chicago announced it “will provide $15 million to help finance the first five years of operation of a newly created not-for-profit organization,”…the World Resources Institute, will be “a major center for policy research and analysis addressed to global resource and environmental issues.” It was organized as a nonprofit Delaware corporation that could receive tax-deductible gifts and contributions under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.
WRI has over 50 active projects focusing on aspects of global climate change, sustainable markets, ecosystem protection, and environmentally responsible governance.