About Us

Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent global think tank and do-tank. In the past 40 years, we have been providing solutions and support for scientific decision-making through pioneering research methodologies and tools, building resourceful and diverse data platforms, and providing incisive, objective analysis with a tangible impact.  

Around the globe, we have more than 1,400 experts and employees located in 12 international offices, who work with partners in over 50 countries. In 2008, WRI opened its first overseas office in Beijing, China. 

About WRI China

WRI holds an official registration in China as a foreign NGO, as the certificate was issued by Beijing Public Security Bureau in November, 2017. With the registration, WRI advances its work on environment and sustainability in China with a new legal status—Beijing Representative Office, under the guidance and support of the public security agency and the Ministry of Environmental Protection (current Ministry of Ecology and Environment) as supervisor.  

Mission and Values

WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. 

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Goal & Strategy in China

Our Goal

WRI China’s goal is to build a human community with sustainable resources, social inclusion, and economic prosperity. 

Our Strategy 

WRI China’s strategy is to participate in global governance by providing comprehensive solutions for sustainable development. 

Our Staff

We have a deep bench of passionate experts who focus on the environment, economics, data and human development. We share our analysis via our peer-reviewed knowledge products, data platforms and insights.   

Our Staff

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