The Knowledge to Act


Delivering the Knowledge to Act

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IISD wins 3 think tank awards

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an award-winning independent think tank championing solutions to our planet’s greatest sustainability challenges.

Our vision is a balanced world where people and the planet thrive; our mission is to accelerate solutions that drive a global transition to fair economies, clean water and a stable climate. Our values:

  • Excellence: We produce high quality work and our advice is backed by evidence.
  • Independence: We are not driven by outside interests or hidden agendas.
  • Creativity: We encourage bold ideas and unique approaches to complicated questions.
  • Collaboration: We believe diverse partnerships produce better and more resilient outcomes.

Our big-picture view allows us to address the root causes of some of the greatest challenges facing our planet today—ecological destruction, social exclusion, unfair laws and economic rules, a changing climate. Through research, analysis and knowledge sharing, we identify and champion sustainable solutions that make a difference. We report on international negotiations, conduct rigorous research, and engage citizens, businesses and policy-makers on the shared goal of developing sustainably.  

With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa and Toronto, our work impacts lives in nearly 100 countries. 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 annual report.

IISD’s work is organized around six programs and a core set of strategic goals. Our brochure provides a snapshot of our strategy and programs. 

Strategic Goals. Equity and a Healthy Planet