International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) undertakes policy analysis to help countries and institutions make tangible advances in sustainable development. It is based in Canada, with a global staff and offices located in Winnipeg, Ottawa and Geneva. As an independent, non-profit policy research institute the organization engages decision-makers in the development and implementation of environmental, economic and social policies.

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111 Lombard Avenue, Suite 325 , Winnipeg , MB R3B 0T4 Canada

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Business Type:
Publishing company
Industry Type:
Environmental - Environmental Management
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
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The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an independent think tank championing sustainable solutions to 21st century problems. Our mission is to promote human development and environmental sustainability.

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.  

Established in 1990, IISD has offices in Canada, Switzerland and the United States, and our work impacts economies, communities, ecosystems and lives in nearly 100 countries. As a registered charitable organization in Canada, IISD has 501 (c) (3) status in the U.S. IISD receives core operating support from the Government of Canada, as provided through the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Province of Manitoba. The institute also receives project funding from numerous governments inside and outside Canada, United Nations agencies, foundations and the private sector.

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.

IISD's people are the key to our continued success.

IISD's people are the key to our continued success. Our more than 100 international experts include our core policy research staff, associates and fellows, Reporting Services leadership and our senior management. To view our Board of Directors, friends, administrators, support staff and Reporting Services writers, click here.