Mission and Goals
A world where people and the planet thrive.
To accelerate solutions for a stable climate, sustainable resources, and fair economies.
Our primary focus is improving the lives of people and communities, fostering a more equitable and sustainable world.
We are committed to supporting the healthy ecosystems and biodiversity that underpin all thriving communities.
We produce work of the highest quality, and our independent advice is backed by evidence.
We believe diverse partnerships produce better and more resilient outcomes.
We aim for creative, bold solutions with significant impact. We create the knowledge to act.
IISD is a registered charitable organization in Canada and has 501(c)(3) status in the United States. IISD receives core and project funding support from numerous governments inside and outside Canada, United Nations agencies, foundations and the private sector.For more detail, view our latest annual report.
As Canada’s voice for sustainable development around the world, we are inspired by the words of former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Announcing the founding of IISD to the United Nations in 1988, he reminded world leaders that:
“Mankind is not destined to destroy itself; war is not inevitable; poverty can be alleviated; the environment can be preserved; injustices can be made right.”
Powered by this conviction, IISD has been a continuous force for change for 30 years, experiencing remarkable growth—nearly doubling in revenue since 2014—and making indelible impacts along the way.
These five core priorities guide our work toward a sustainable future.
To deliver the knowledge to act, IISD’s work is organized around the following five programs.
Economic Law & Policy
Enabling economic policy-making in support of sustainable development, including investment, trade, public procurement, infrastructure financing, and sustainability standards, with sector-specific practices in agriculture and mining.
Supporting clean and just energy transitions by developing evidence, advocating, working with partners, and directly advising governments in Canada and in large emerging economies around the world.
Helping governments, civil society, communities, and businesses manage climate- and conflict-related risks and, through the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network, supporting developing countries to advance NAP processes and accelerate climate change adaptation efforts.
Providing analyses, networking, and tools to interpret the state of sustainability in systems or regions, and promoting measurable, collaborative action.
Creating better policy and programming solutions for governments, civil society, and industry to protect global freshwater supplies—based on scientific research conducted on whole lakes at our Experimental Lakes Area.
Our focus areas
We are guided by five core priorities—Climate, Resources, Economies, Act Together and Engage—which together form our CREATE strategy and guide our actions. They will lead to a stronger, more sustainable future.
Address the causes of climate change and adapt to its impact.
Support the sustainable management of our natural resources.
Foster fair and sustainable economies.
Build the capacity to act together on sustainability.
Deliver insights that spark action on sustainable development.