The Mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature.  We live our mission through our core values.

Our core values are key to our success and are the foundation of our organization. They underlie our vision of the future and guide our daily decisions, actions, and behaviors. They reflect what is truly important to us as an organization, and they ensure a common understanding of what we expect from each other. We live by them. These are not values that change from time to time, situation to situation, or from person to person. They are the underpinning of our organization’s culture.

Our strategic vision, compelling mission, and shared values are why we are a leading conservation organization and one that people are proud of and of which people want to be a part. By maintaining these core values, we preserve and reinforce what we believe in, what makes us unique, and what makes us successful in achieving our important conservation mission.

PEOPLE – Working as one team to create a better world for wildlife and nature

  • Understanding our unique role and how we contribute
  • Performing meaningful and purposeful work every day
  • Building trusting relationships through open and honest communication
  • Building capacity and human capital by training others
RESULTS – Acting with a sense of urgency to achieve measurable institutional outcomes
  • Understanding what is expected of us and following through on commitments
  • Ensuring goals and objectives are aligned with institutional priorities
  • Being empowered to get things done and make a meaningful difference
  • Ensuring a safe and healthy environment in all we do
INNOVATION – Seeking ways to continuously improve
  • Streamlining processes and making timely decisions
  • Identifying opportunities and offering creative ideas and solutions
  • Embracing a dynamic and changing workplace
  • Continuing to learn, grow and apply new knowledge
  • Making positive environmental choices in every day behaviors and actions
DIVERSITY – Embracing and valuing differences and commonalities
  • Fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment for all
  • Being open-minded and respectful of others
  • Capitalizing on everyone’s unique and diverse talents and strengths
  • Reaching out and building partnerships with diverse people and organizations
ENTHUSIASM – Bringing energy and passion to our work every day
  • Leveraging our people and resources to create FUN!
  • Creating a sense of community and “family”
  • Supporting work/life balance
  • Celebrating accomplishments, successes and special moments