ADM Partners with the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation to Advance Biodiversity Research and Education
ADM, a global leader in sustainably-sourced solutions from nature, announced a USD1m contribution to champion research and education to better understand the world and nurture future biodiversity stewardship.
The donation is being made to the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation through ADM Cares, ADM’s corporate social investment program. The funds will support the Foundation’s core initiative, the Half-Earth Project, in expanding two research and education initiatives in the coming year:
The Half-Earth Chairs & Scholars program nurtures the best of biodiversity scholarship by investing in students and researchers around the world who are advancing biodiversity science to support conservation in landscapes of global importance. The program develops the science — as well as the scientists — needed to ensure we leave no species behind.
The Half-Earth Project Educator Ambassador program supports teachers engaging youth in biodiversity science and conservation. The robust network includes U.S. classroom teachers across disciplines looking for ways to bring biodiversity and conservation into their curriculum — from science to the humanities to the arts — as well as educators with organizations such as nature centers. The program develops high-quality educational resources for teachers at levels from middle school to college.
“The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation’s mission is to reimagine the way we care for our planet. By participating in exploration and discovery, scholars improve our understanding of the living world and create a transcendent moment for ourselves and our planet. We are very pleased to partner with ADM, a company that is also working with people in communities to create a more resilient and sustainable future,” said Paula J. Ehrlich, President & CEO of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation.
“For ADM, sustainability is core to our purpose of unlocking the power of nature to enrich the quality of life. With a holistic view of nature that encompasses land, climate change and water, we know that we have a unique opportunity to lead in preventing biodiversity loss. And as we advance our work — which includes activities like planting of native trees, implementation of regenerative agriculture programs, no-deforestation tracking, and traceability of sourcing — we also know that strategic partnerships are critical to deliver on our goals and our purpose. That’s why we’re so excited to work with the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and support the Half-Earth Project as it inspires next generation innovation in conservation science,” said Alison Taylor, Chief Sustainability Officer, ADM.