World Resources Institute
|Founder||James Gustave Speth|
|Headquarters||Washington, D.C. |
Chairman of the Board
|US$ 90 million:57|
|Expenses (2016)||US$ 90 million:57|
The World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global research non-profit organization established in 1982 with funding from the MacArthur Foundation  under the leadership of James Gustave Speth. WRI's activities are focused on seven areas: food, forests, water, energy, cities, climate and ocean.
The World Resources Institute (WRI) maintains offices in the United States, China, India, Brazil, and Indonesia. The organization's mission is to promote environmental sustainability, economic opportunity, and human health and well-being. 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. WRI has maintained a 4 out of 4 stars rating from Charity Navigator since 1 October 2008.
WRI's activities are focused on seven areas: food, forests, water, energy, 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.
- Aqueduct, an initiative to measure, map and understand water risks around the globe.
- CAIT Climate Data Explorer, offering chart tools for historic GHG data, Paris contributions and more. As of May 2020[update] this is being integrated into the similar platform Climate Watch 
- 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.
- 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.
- LandMark, a platform providing maps and information on lands that are collectively held and used by Indigenous peoples and local communities
- 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.
- Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, a partnership of NGOs, customers, suppliers and policymakers working to increase global use of clean and renewable energy. It has 300 members including Google, GM, Facebook, Walmart, Disney and other large companies, and reached 6 GW capacity in 2018.
- The Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTI) helps companies transition to a low-carbon economic profile by setting greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in line with climate science.
- WRI Ross Center helps cities grow more sustainably and seeks to improve quality of life in developing countries around the world.
- World Resources Report, WRI's flagship report series. Each report deals with a different topic.
- Rising to the Challenge; WRI Annual Report 2016–2017 (PDF). Washington DC: World Resources Institute (WRI). 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
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- M.A. Siraj (September 15, 2017). "Powering cities with clean energy". Thehindu.com. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
- "Home | The Access Initiative". accessinitiative.org.
- "Aqueduct". World Resources Institute. June 12, 2013.
- WRI, CAIT Climate Data Explorer, accessed 6 May 2020
- "Champions 12.3". Champions 12.3.
- Greenhouse Gas Protocol
- "LandMark Map". LandMark.
- "Resources". Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy.
- "REBA – Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance". rebuyers.org.
- Dzikiy, Phil (28 March 2019). "Google, GM, and more than 300 other companies launch Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance". Electrek. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
- "Science Based Targets".
- "WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities I Helping cities make big ideas happen™". WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities.
- "World Resources Report". World Resources Institute. December 4, 2018.