On August 1, 1990, Environmental Defense Fund became the first environmental group to work with a company to reduce its environmental impact.
Founded in 1967, EDF drives environmental breakthroughs in climate and energy, ecosystems, oceans and health through a unique approach that draws heavily on science, economics and bipartisan outreach. The other element that makes EDF unique is its ability to form unlikely partnerships around common goals. When looking specifically at EDF’s corporate partnerships, the common goal is finding the opportunities where sustainability and bottom line gains intersect.
Starting with the first groundbreaking partnership between an NGO and an industry leader – McDonald’s – EDF has been modeling the way for driving transformative environmental gains from our alliance with business. Our aim is not just to get results from one corporate partnership, but to fundamentally alter the thinking of the company —and its competitors— so that environmental considerations become part of the business norm.
As the leader in driving market-based solutions to environmental challenges, we continue to work with the world's most innovative companies to develop practical solutions that can be shared across industries.