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What are WWF’s Network Protocols, Policies and Safeguards?

Every individual, office and programme of WWF bears fundamental responsibility for honouring our values, our policies and safeguards, and abiding by the governance and internal processes we’ve built to deliver on the same.

Each office leads the delivery of WWF’s strategy and takes the lead on fundraising and engagement of individuals and institutions in their territory. Other offices in the network will respect and honour those roles. Once we have established a global strategy or position or priorities, we act and speak with one voice in service to nature and to people, and to future generations.

In addition to our Values, each office and individual employee of WWF is accountable for upholding the following policies and safeguards to which we have committed as a Network:

Risk Management and Quality Assurance | Environmental & Social Safeguards Framework | Diversity, Equity & Inclusion | Gender Equity | Human Rights | Poverty and Conservation | Indigenous Peoples | Speak Up/Whistleblowing | Child Safeguarding and Protection of Rights | Discrimination & Harassment-free WWF | Fraud & Corruption Prevention & investigation

This is not an exhaustive list but instead the most critical policies and safeguards for ensuring our standard of operation across the network. The Network Executive Team will review and determine any updates to the list, with endorsement from the International Board.


WWF is committed to a 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. 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. Complaints may be submitted in your language to this global Channel here.