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Silhouetted ants walk in a line down a leaf © Chris Martin Bahr / WWF

Silhouetted ants walk in a line down a leaf © Chris Martin Bahr / WWF

Policies

WWF's global mission – to build a future in which humans live and prosper in harmony with nature – sees us operating at all levels. Our practical programs and groundbreaking campaigns resonate regionally, nationally and internationally. This not only requires big picture thinking; it also demands policies befitting the breadth and scale of our work.

 

We're committed to following a set of guiding policies to ensure that everything we do is carried out ethically. These policies give structure to WWF's global network and help us to integrate social dimensions into our conservation endeavours.

 

For while responsible trade and investments and good environmental governance are all critical to ensuring the responsible management of our natural capital, so too are people. Including social equity in our programs – on-the-ground and within the boardrooms and businesses that we operate – assures local communities vital input.

 

Feedback is also important both to WWF and our partners because it helps us to continually strive for improvement.

 

Details of how you can send us your comments can be found on our Contact us page.

CODE OF ETHICAL CONDUCT 

We are committed to high ethical standards and the protection of our reputation as a professional and responsible conservation organisation.

 

Our Code of Ethical Conduct sets the standards of behaviour and describes the decision-making processes expected of all WWF-Australia Board members, staff members, volunteers and interns.

 

We are expected to apply WWF’s values and principles when making decisions on behalf of the organisation or when making decisions that may impact or reflect upon WWF and its public image.

Code of Ethical Conduct policy

Conserving and managing natural resources is essential in the fight against poverty and that conservation of the earth’s natural systems will only be successful in the long-term if it addresses the development needs and aspirations of local communities.

Chief Emeka Anyaoko, former President, WWF International

HUMAN RIGHTS SUITE & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SUITE

Equity, fairness, participation, impartiality, tolerance and justice – these are principles that we embrace and embed in the way we work. The policies below reflect our dedication and guide our commitment to:

 

  • promoting the integration of human rights into conservation policy and practice;
  • contributing to social and economic development as part of our efforts towards achieving lasting and equitable conservation outcomes;
  • supporting local people, particularly marginalised groups and vulnerable people, to meaningfully participate in determining their own sustainable development;
  • gender equity and integrating a gender perspective in our policies, programs, and projects, as well as in our own institutional structure;
  • respecting Indigenous and Traditional Peoples' human and development rights and recognising the importance of conserving their cultures;
  • endorsing the Australian Aid program's approach to family planning and reproductive health;
  • non-discrimination against colleagues, applicants or stakeholders having, perceived as having, living with or otherwise affected by HIV or AIDS; and
  • non-discrimination against people with disabilities, and ensuring that programs are disability-inclusive and activities promote accessibility.

Policy on Human Rights and Working with Marginalised Groups & Vulnerable People Policy on Sustainable & Inclusive Development Policy on Gender

 

OPERATIONAL SAFEGUARDS SUITE

Integrity, safety, transparency, prudence – these are principles that underlie everything we do. The policies below reflect our dedication and guide our commitment to:

 

  •  a zero-tolerance approach to fraud and corruption;
  •  transparency and accountability;
  •  assessing and eliminating or mitigating the risk of child abuse associated with the delivery of WWF and partner organisation programs and activities;
  •  ensuring that funds entrusted to WWF are used for their intended purposes, and do not support any activity directed towards welfare, evangelism, or partisan political activities;
  •  ensuring that WWF does not directly or indirectly support terrorism, money-laundering or other criminal misuse of funds;
  •  ensuring that all WWF staff, volunteers, interns and contractors can work in a safe environment, free of bullying, harassment and discrimination.

Fraud & Corruption Prevention Policy Internal Investigations & Disciplinary Panels Procedure Policy Conflict of Interest Policy Whistleblower Policy Child Protection Policy Policy on Counter-Terrorism & Prevention of Criminal Misuse of Funds Complaint Handling Policy Bullying, Harassment & Discrimination Free Workplace Policyr Grievance/Dispute Resolution Policy Welfare, Evangelism & Partisan Politics Policy