Los Angeles, CA - In recognition of its long history of commitment to sustainability and inspiring action for the environment, Conservation International (CI) honored Disney with its prestigious Global Conservation Leadership Award. Disney’s Chairman and CEO Bob Iger accepted the award on behalf of the company at a gala dinner hosted Thursday evening by CI in Los Angeles.
The award is an honor bestowed by CI on those individuals and organizations whose environmental commitment and action have had transformative impact for the good of Earth and humanity. Past recipients have included Lee Scott and Walmart, as well as Gordon Moore and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation among others.
“We are thrilled to be presenting Disney with the Global Conservation Leadership Award for their vision and commitment to conservation,” said Peter Seligmann, Chairman and CEO of Conservation International. “Disney recognizes that nature is integral to the long-term viability of their business and the health of our society. Their extensive support of the environment links their efforts today to the next generation—teaching children that we need nature to thrive.”
Conservation International and Disney have worked together for nearly two decades with the shared mission to protect nature for the benefit of both people and the planet. The two organizations have collaborated on many initiatives over the years, beginning in the 1990s to help shape the conservation programs at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park to raising awareness about the importance of fresh water through Disney's "Where's My Water?" mobile game.
CI also provided Disney with key inputs into the company’s comprehensive long-term environmental strategy. As part of Disney's commitment to address climate change, it has supported CI’s forest carbon projects in Peru and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Last month, CI announced it was “retiring” over 400,000 metric tons of carbon credits from the Alto Mayo forest carbon project
in Disney’s name.
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- Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature and its global biodiversity to promote the long-term well-being of people. Founded in 1987, CI is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area. CI employs more than 800 staff in 20+ countries on four continents and works with more than 1,000 partners around the world. For more information, please see www.conservation.org
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