Advancing sustainability through the commitment, talent, and leadership of businesswomen worldwide.

Mission: To advance sustainability through the commitment, talent, and leadership of businesswomen.

Vision: A sustainable future–financially, environmentally and socially–driven by businesswomen worldwide.

WNSF was conceived in 1999 during The National Town Meeting for a Sustainable America, sponsored by of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD) and the Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF). The organization was registered as a 501(c) 3 in 2000.

Why Women?
Research shows that women as a whole have a particularly strong commitment to the three components of sustainability– economic, environmental and social. Businesswomen believe they benefit from a network of like-minded executives to move sustainability initiatives forward.

Funding History and Support
In 2003, WNSF received a Ford Foundation grant, garnering additional funds from the Nathan Cummings Foundation and companies including AT&T, and Swiss Re. Support continues to grow from corporate, academic, government and NGO organizations. Additional support is gratefully acknowledged from many companies including Adobe Systems, Applied Materials, Alcoa, Citigroup, The Coca-Cola Company, Con Edison, Deutsche Bank, Deloitte Touche, Dow Jones, DuPont, Eileen Fisher, GE, Goldman Sachs, Herman Miller, IBM, Intel, Interface, JPMorgan Chase, Levi-Strauss, McGraw-Hill, McKinsey, Mitsubishi, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Novartis, Ogilvy & Mather, Pfizer, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Siemens, Starbucks, Symantec, UBS, Wal-Mart, and Whole Foods.

Please view our Mission Goals


WNSF welcomes support from companies, foundations and individuals to help us spread the word to as many businesswomen as possible on how corporate responsibility can foster sustainability.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact: Ann Goodman, Executive Director. Please direct inquiries to:

WNSF is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.

Recent Sponsors

Alcoa Foundation, AT&T, Avon Products Inc., Campbell Soup Co., Cola-Cola Co., Con Edison,Eileen Fisher Inc., Ford Foundation, IBM, Intel, JP Morgan Chase, the McGraw-Hill Companies, Merrill Lynch, Mohawk Fine Papers Inc., Nathan Cummings Foundation, Novartis, Pfizer, Pizza by Cer té, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Starbucks, Swiss Re, TIAA-CREF.

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Participation WNSF believes that integrating responsible, sustainable practices throughout organizations is key to building sustainable enterprises – and a sustainable future. That’s why WNSF welcomes participation from women in all parts of business including marketing, communications, legal affairs, human resources, finance, strategy, philanthropy, corporate citizenship and environment, health and safety. There are no formal membership requirements. To get regular email updates on WNSF activities, send your contact information