WWF’s work and human rights
WWF’s Conservation and Human Rights Framework
Our commitment to upholding human rights is further supported by our Conservation and Human Rights Framework. This guides the implementation of our conservation programmes and partnerships.
The framework is guided by the following principles:
- Respect human rights
- Promote human rights within conservation programmes
- Protect the vulnerable
- Encourage good governance
And it contains commitments for us to achieve the following:
- Further develop these principles and implementation measures in consultation with our constituencies.
- Establish relevant institutional policies
- Ensure implementation capacity is in place
- Address conservation-human rights links in the design, implementation and monitoring of our programmes
- Establish accountability measures
The conservation initiative on human rights was set out in 2010. Since then, WWF has implemented measures internationally to achieve all of our commitments, and continues to integrate them into our work.
WWF’s Safeguards Against Human Rights Abuses in the places we work
Our Environmental and Social Safeguards Framework (ESSF) ensures the rights of people are promoted through a set of Standards that underpin the framework outlined above.
Safeguards are designed to manage risks, uphold human rights, and ensure conservation projects deliver better outcomes for communities and nature, as well as providing access to grievance mechanisms for the people and communities should any issues or abuses arise.
Read more about our Environmental and Social Safeguards here.