Conservation International and ELLE Celebrate Women in Conservation at Gala in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (June 8, 2019) – Conservation International and ELLE co-hosted their first joint gala this evening in Los Angeles. 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, which is dedicated to women in conservation.
Conservation International and ELLE were joined by presenting sponsors NIKE and HP Inc.
The evening began with remarks from Conservation International’s CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan and ELLE Editor-in-Chief Nina Garcia.
Honorees included: Kering, the global luxury group whose brands include Gucci and Saint Laurent. ELLE and Conservation International presented Kering with the Sustainability Leadership Award. The award marks the first joint sustainability award by ELLE and Conservation International. Marie-Claire Daveu, Kering’s Chief Sustainability Officer, accepted the award for her leadership within the organization. The award was presented by Ms. Garcia.
Conservation International also presented the Global Conservation Hero Award 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 award was presented by Jennifer Morris, President of Conservation International.
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. 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. The award was presented by Sanjayan.
Notable attendees included actress Shailene Woodley, who delivered the evening’s closing remarks, Lana Condor, Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed, Laurie Hernandez, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Jason Ritter and Melanie Lynskey, Kota Eberhardt, Zoë Lillian, Maye and Tosca Musk, Lorenza Izzo, Ashleigh Cummings, Natalie Morales, Mena Massoud, Mishel Prada, Diana Silvers and Kate Siegel.
About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature that people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International, the groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign and its series of virtual reality projects: “My Africa”, “Under the Canopy” and “Valen’s Reef.” Follow Conservation International’s work on our Human Nature blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.