The people and organizations behind the partnership
WWF’s vision is to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. To achieve this we need many people with lots of inspiring ideas to work with us. I believe that there is a big potential in WWF and social entrepreneurs working together to find new solutions to the challenges of our time. I am happy to share our experiences at WWF Switzerland in working with Impact Hub and helping you prototype new ways of working together.
Anne Kathrin Merkle
Collaboration is key if we truly want to tackle the major challenges our world is facing. I believe in the power that is generated when collaborations happen and organisations join forces for lasting societal and environmental change, which is why I am very excited about the chance to help WWF offices and Impact Hubs to join forces, learn from each other and develop programs together.
I’ve devoted most of my professional life to bringing organisations with complementary skills and assets together because I believe that strong partnerships between great organisations can create something new and meaningful that could not exist without them working together. The global partnership between WWF and Impact Hub holds such incredible potential for the world and the planet. It just needs to be unlocked.
WWF is one of the world’s largest conservation organisations with offices in more than 80 countries around the world and around 6,200 full-time employees. The organisation values the support of more than 5 million people and over the 50 years of its operation, WWF has invested around US$11.5 billion in more than 13,000 projects in over 150 countries.
WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, 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.
This is achieved by focusing on 6 global goals:
- World’s most important fisheries and ocean ecosystems are productive and resilient and improve livelihoods and biodiversity
- Most iconic and endangered species are secured and recovering in the wild
- Integrity of our most important forests, including their benefits to human well-being, is enhanced and maintained
- Freshwater ecosystems and flow regimes provide water for people and nature
- A global shift toward a low carbon and climate resilient future is achieved
Sustainable food systems conserve nature and maintain food security
About Impact Hub
Impact Hubs make up a global network of entrepreneurial communities, places, and programs that inspire, connect and catalyse impact. From Amsterdam to Caracas and Accra to San Francisco, Impact Hub is a rapidly expanding, diverse global network of over 15,000 members in more than 80 cities in 42 countries.
Every local Impact Hub is initiated, developed, and run by a local team and thus is deeply rooted in the local market and community. Each takes a unique shape to reflect the local context whilst preserving the core Impact Hub DNA. Innovators and entrepreneurs join and stay because they find:
- Inspiring & collaborative working and meeting space
- An engaging venue for mission-aligned events Providing essential business services
- A diverse community of entrepreneurs, practitioners, investors, and organisations
- Facilitated as well as serendipitous connections between members to enable collaboration and support within the community
- Incubation & acceleration programs and support
- Peer to peer collaboration and support within the community
- Partnering with organisations and programs to provide further support to entrepreneurs
Get in Touch
If you want to learn more reach out to the WWF & Impact Hub Partnership Lead: Anne under [email protected]