How the consultation works

Consultation portal

This online portal is the go-to place for the consultation. It provides a full overview of our consultation activities and offers the ability to download the documents which are open for feedback.

Online survey

If you wish to submit feedback or input to the documents, you can do so via an online survey on this portal until June 30th, 2021. If you have any other questions or input, please contact

Consultation activities

Throughout the WWF network, we will be running a number of global and regional consultations to discuss our approach and enrich our policies. If you are interested in joining, contact your local WWF office or the WWF International Safeguards Unit for more information.

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In 2019, WWF commissioned an independent panel of experts to review how we responded to reports of human rights abuses by some government rangers in complex and remote landscapes in Central Africa, India, and Nepal where we work. ‘Embedding Human Rights in Nature Conservation - from Intent to Action’ is the resulting report published in November 2020 which included 50 general recommendations covering WWF’s work and an additional 29 specific actions relating to country-level programs.

In the WWF Management Response, we addressed each recommendation, with either an explanation of steps already taken, or planned work, or a commitment to address an issue.  This consultation on our environmental & social safeguards and social policies was a planned activity, as the commitment to consult was made at the time of adoption of the ESS Framework by the WWF network in 2019. It is the first time that WWF has undertaken such an extensive, global consultation on policy documents and therefore represents an important point in our goal for greater engagement and transparency. 

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What we want to know

This public consultation is a starting point for continuous dialogue. We are open to all kinds of feedback; from top level comments to in-depth questions or recommendations. The survey includes questions about your nationality, type of work and your relation to WWF activities for the purpose of ensuring a representative analysis of the results. We will also ask for contact details in order to enable follow-up on results after closing of the consultation. 

The information you provide will be held by us. It will only be used for the purpose of the consultation. We will treat your identity in confidence if you disclose it to us. We may publish views; however, we will not attribute individual names to any of those views. 

Moving forward: our commitments

We appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey. All input will be carefully reviewed after the closing of the consultation. You can choose to stay updated when filling in the survey. If you want to stay updated WWF will update you directly on the consultation outcomes in the last quarter of 2021. The consultation outcomes report will also be available on


Below you can download a package of all documents for this consultation. If you wish to explore specific documents separately, explore the social policies page or the safeguards page.