About WWF International
WWF is the world’s largest independent conservation organization, with over 30 million followers and a global network active in nearly 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature.
WWF does this by:
- conserving the world’s biological diversity
- ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable
- promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.
WWF is a credible and trusted global brand, committed to acting with integrity, transparency and accountability, and honouring diversity in the organization. WWF is known for a robust, science-based approach and its willingness to stand up for nature. While focusing on impact on the ground, WWF simultaneously works by engaging in powerful and influential partnerships with the institutions and businesses that matter in moving policy and practice towards sustainability. The brand essence is ‘together possible’.
WWF believes that tackling the planetary emergency requires organizations like WWF to think and act bigger and faster – helping the world pull together to deliver a New Deal with science-based targets that address the crisis facing people and nature.
Find out more about WWF’s history, successes, and how it works to achieve its goals, on WWF’s international website.
The WWF International Board
The International Board is the highest governance body for WWF’s global network and is directly responsible for overseeing WWF International, the organization’s coordinating secretariat. The Board sets the mission, conducts careful stewardship of the brand, approves the creation of National Organizations, approves the goals for the WWF Network, and ensures that WWF has high-performance standards for its people, operations and finances.
The International Board is a group of talented individuals whose collective skills make for a diverse resource that helps guide the WWF Network to achieve its vision.
The Board consists of 12 members, with the International President, Pavan Sukhdev, as 13th member and Chair.
WWF Trustees and Core Values
WWF Trustees must be individuals of great merit, with high levels of integrity to fulfil the governance role and set an example to the rest of the organization. Trustees need to be visionary and strategic thinking individuals with gravitas, interpersonal skills and leadership experience, and a commitment to good governance, as well as the experience of how to ensure this good governance in an international network.
Desired profile for individual members
- High level of integrity to fulfil the governance role and set an example to the rest of the organization and colleagues
- Visionary and strategic thinking
- Commitment to environmental sustainability and the aims of WWF
- Willingness and ability to dedicate sufficient time to the role
- Prepared to put useful relationships at the disposal of WWF’s mission
- A commitment to good governance and experience of how to ensure it in an international Network.
WWF Core Values
Over the years, WWF has become one of the most respected conservation organizations in the world, building an extraordinary reputation worldwide by delivering significant conservation outcomes and combining that with world class ethics and integrity in the pursuit of its Mission. This combination is what makes WWF uniquely successful.
WWF is a global multi-cultural organization, yet deeply rooted locally. WWF uses ethics and integrity as important cultural bridges to navigate in this diversity. A culture which fosters ethics and integrity is powerful, especially in today’s increasingly complex world with historical societal shifts. It helps
WWF achieve its full potential: working better together, building local legitimacy and earning the trust of donors, supporters, governments and partners.
This is why everyone, no matter where they work and what they do, respect at all times WWF’s values of compliance and ethics: loyalty, integrity, trustworthiness, and fairness. These values protect each one individually as well as the whole organization. WWF wants its leaders to lead by example and to uphold and foster a culture of compliance, ethics and integrity, and to provide a secure and respectful environment to help those who come forward in good faith with concerns.
Trustee Profile (Audit/Finance/Risk Management Background)
The Trustee (Audit/Finance/Risk Management) should bring senior executive experience and qualifications in accounting/auditing, risk management and quality assurance. They will have gained this experience at the helm of complex organizations or companies as COO or CFO.
They should have the ability and capacity, after the first year as a member of the International Board, to join the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee (ARCC).
- Experience of financial and risk assessment and management and auditing processes
- Experience of complex organizational settings
- Ability to guide, coach and influence without direct line management role
- Prior experience as a trustee would be an asset.
Time Commitment and Nature of Involvement
The International Board holds meetings four times a year (two face-to-face and two virtual) and may be called for extra emergency sessions.
The participation in the ARCC – or another Board committee – implies an additional four meetings per year, not including preparation time and extra ad hoc calls.
Overall, the time commitment required is estimated at up to 20 days a year for the Audit/Finance and Risk Management Trustee and approximately 15 days for the Policy/Global Governance Trustee.
WWF trustees are not remunerated, and besides their willingness and ability to dedicate sufficient time and energy to the role, Trustees should also be prepared to work with their networks and relationships to support WWF’s mission.