Women on a Mission
Conservation International and ELLE came together to celebrate their new partnership to call attention to climate change and nature and co-host their first joint gala at Milk Studios in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, June 8. The evening, themed "Women on a Mission," honored female leaders and organizations whose work protects nature for the benefit of people and unveiled the July 2019 issue of ELLE, its first conservation issue, which is dedicated to women in conservation.
According to the U.N., 80 percent of the people displaced by climate change are women. As the "Women on a Mission" event highlighted, women are also on the frontlines of finding solutions to this global challenge.
Conservation International and ELLE were joined by NIKE and HP Inc., presenting partners in this year's event. Both are industry leaders tackling some of today's most pressing environmental and social challenges and deeply connected to the evening's mission.
The inaugural joint Sustainability Leadership Award was presented to Kering, the global Luxury group whose brands include Gucci and Saint Laurent and accepted by Marie-Claire Daveu, Kering's Chief Sustainability Officer, on behalf of her leadership within the organization.
The Global Conservation Hero Award was presented to Givaudan, the world's largest flavor and fragrance manufacturer, based in Switzerland. Emily Bond, Head of Fine Fragrances North America, accepted on behalf of the organization. The prestigious award recognizes the company's commitment to forest conservation, particularly to mitigate the impacts of climate change and to empower local communities.
The evening also celebrated the work of communities in Indonesia, particularly West Papua. West Papua recently passed historic legislation to name itself the country's first Conservation Province. This first-of-its-kind legal framework puts sustainable development and conservation — especially for tropical forests and the unique Bird's Head Seascape — at the forefront of any economic activity or development. Meity Mongdong, Director of Conservation International's Bird's Head Seascape Program, delivered remarks highlighting the work done in Indonesia, and the positive impact it has had on women and communities. West Papua's Governor, Dominggus Mandacan, accepted the second Global Conservation Hero Award of the night on behalf of the people of West Papua. The Ambassador from Indonesia, Mahendra Siregar, also attended to help celebrate West Papua's people.