IUCN's mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. In delivering the IUCN Programme we are committed to good governance and accountability:
- in delivering our work,
- by responding to the needs of our Members, our funding partners and the wider public and
- by caring for our employees and partners with whom we work on the ground.
We are proud and privileged to work across a wide range of countries and cultures, with a diverse range of peoples, and in varied economic, social and political systems. Our reputation and credibility are derived from the quality of our work, and the recognition of the people with, and for whom, we work.
Governance and accountability
We recognise that to maintain our reputation and credibility we must demonstrate good governance and accountability from the highest level of the organisation. This is supported by the following principles that underpin and exemplify good governance and accountability:
- Transparency - in decision making, both internally and externally;
- Access to information – accurate, effective and open communication;
- Access to justice – fair mechanisms for accountability and protecting rights;
- Public participation – genuine involvement in decision making;
- Full respect for human rights – commitment to protect and promote them wherever possible interwoven with good environmental governance;
- Rule of law – fair, transparent and consistent enforcement of legal provisions at all levels;
- Promoting gender equality and empowerment of women - as an integral element of the good governance principles and a cross-cutting theme in all of IUCN’s work;
- Commitment to excellence - efficient and wise use of funds entrusted to us by donors and a commitment to strive for highest performance and impact;
- Environmental responsibility – striving to minimize the environmental impact of all aspects of our operations through efficient and effective use of resources;
- Integrity and ethical behaviour - the highest standards of conduct and professional ethics.
IUCN Policies and procedures
Some of these principles are further elaborated in form of policies and procedures which enable IUCN to put these principles into practice IUCN. These are:
The IUCN Code of conduct and Professional Ethics for the Secretariat – that provides guidance towards compliance with ethical standards (including environmental responsibility), and to demonstrate best practice in action, consistent with IUCN’s core values, Vision and Mission, and statutory instruments.
The IUCN Carbon Offset Policy – that provides guidance on the basic operative principles and procedures needed to ensure that the IUCN Secretariat is effectively offsetting the unavoidable Greenhouse Gas emissions it generates through its operations.
The IUCN Monitoring & Evaluation Policy – that establish common structures and standards across the IUCN Secretariat that govern the application of effective monitoring and evaluation.
The IUCN Policy on Gender Equity and Equality - that signifies IUCN’s ongoing commitment to integrating a gender perspective in policies, programmes, and projects, as well as in its institutional structure.
The IUCN Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) - that provides a systematic procedure to check IUCN projects for potential adverse environmental and social impacts and ensures that negative impacts are avoided or minimised to the extent possible while positive impacts are stimulated.
The IUCN Anti-Fraud Policy – that aims to safeguard the reputation and financial viability of IUCN through improved management of fraud risk by setting out explicit steps to be taken in response to reported or suspected fraud, as well as measures that will be taken to prevent or minimize the risk of fraud.
The IUCN Investment Principles and SRI Framework – that outlines the investment principles adhered to by IUCN and the associated Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) framework used to guide investment decisions.