an osprey landing on a branch
Eye spy a whale surfacing © Mark Seabury

Who we are

How we work

What makes us different?

Striving to make a real difference to protect and conserve the Australian environment for the benefit of people and nature, we pride ourselves on five key strengths in the way we work.

1. We get things done 

We’re proud to be very action-oriented in our approach to conservation. While we invest in policy formulation, public awareness campaigns and other forms of indirect conservation action, most of our efforts are applied directly in the field to make an immediate difference for conservation. See for yourself with these examples: 

2. We’re highly trusted 

In 2018, for the fifth time, The Nature Conservancy was named as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute, an independent research centre. This honour recognises our focus on ethics and integrity in everything we do. We were the only philanthropic organisation to be recognised. The diversity of partners we work with here in Australia in business, government and local communities also demonstrates the high levels of trust these entities place in us.

Working with partners

The Nature Conservancy collaborates to find and share good ideas to improve people’s lives and protect Australia's great places.

3. We’re efficient

Working closely with a range of partners such as farmers, fishers, Indigenous rangers and other environmental groups means we conduct our work in the most efficient way possible. In fact, 76% of our funding goes directly to supporting our conservation projects. We’ve had more than 65 years’ experience in getting this right.

4. We’re experts in our field

Our Australia team includes a range of expert specialists, about half of whom are scientists with marine biology, ecology, zoology or forest conservation backgrounds. You can meet each of our Australian program scientists and learn about what they do here. Being part of a global team working across 72 countries means we can also draw on the 400 other scientists employed by The Nature Conservancy globally including the talents of our global Chief Scientist, Dr Hugh Possingham.

5. Our work has the highest impact

We’re highly focused on conservation work that has the highest possible impact on a landscape or seascape scale. Take for example our shellfish reef restoration projects underway in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia (unique to TNC in Australia), or our impact investment project in the Murray-Darling Basin balancing agriculture, finance and the environment – another Australian first. You can learn more about the impacts we’re having across Australia here.

We hope you’ll join us and support our work to address climate change, protect and conserve nature and sustain abundant clean water.

Our Priorities

We are focusing on these key areas in order to achieve our ambitious mission.