Environmental and Social Safeguards Framework
Our commitment to transparency and accountability of Environmental and Social (E&S) Safeguards
Safeguards are designed to manage risks, uphold human rights, and ensure conservation projects deliver better outcomes for communities and nature. WWF uses safeguards to identify, avoid and mitigate any negative social and environmental impacts within our work. We apply safeguards in the design, implementation, and monitoring of all of our field-based activities in landscapes and seascapes.
- Undertaking safeguards screening for all landscapes and seascapes we work in to surface risks, including those related to community engagement and consultation, access to natural resources, and indigenous people.
- Addressing risk through the development of mitigation plans, budgeted implementation programs, and oversight systems.
- Engaging communities throughout project design, implementation and monitoring.
- Setting up grievance mechanisms for communities and other stakeholders to voice any project-related concerns and seek their resolution
- Public disclosure of safeguarding actions. A specific webpage to hosts a ‘landscape portal’ is coming soon, which will provide access to risk categorizations, mitigation frameworks and monitoring plans for landscapes and seascapes
- Making our 10 supporting E&S Safeguard Standards publicly available as support materials to the Independent Review WWF Response.
Find out more about our Environmental and Social Safeguards Framework here.
Complaints Resolution Process
WWF is committed to a “Speak up” culture, which allows people to safely raise concerns of inappropriate conduct by employees of WWF, its partners and people associated with WWF, without fear of reprisals. At WWF people are at the heart of what we do. Upholding respect for, and ensuring the safety and rights of employees, partners and the communities we work in, is core to our organisation. Likewise, stakeholders and local communities or individuals from those communities who believe they are negatively impacted by WWF’s activities are welcome to send their concerns. Any breach of that should be reported without fear of reprisal and every person we work with should feel empowered to safely do so.
- Internal WWF issues: Including but not limited to fraud, corruption, discrimination, data breaches, workplace conduct and health & safety concerns - https://report.whistleb.com/en/message/wwfinternal
- Community Issues: Including but not limited to grievances surrounding WWF projects. Find information about WWF's Environmental & Social Safeguards Framework at wwf.panda.org - https://report.whistleb.com/en/message/wwfcommunity
- Human Rights Issues: Any serious allegations of abuses committed by WWF employees or partners - https://report.whistleb.com/en/message/wwfcommunity