As a Christian organisation, World Vision is called to be a Steward of God’s creation (Genesis 1:28, 1 Peter 4:10). The care we are to exercise for “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40) is inextricably connected to our proper care for the environment – an environment that the world’s poor fully rely upon. We are to care for, protect and restore the environment. We seek to challenge and change activities, which by design or unintentionally, harm the earth.2 To this end, we must ensure that our advocacy, relief and development activities are ecologically sound for the benefit of children now and in the days ahead.
The purpose of this policy is therefore to guide World Vision entities and employees to ensure that all WV programmes, operations and facilities, and advocacy contribute to improved natural environments (hereafter environment/s) while minimising negative impacts that may affect the well-being of the children, their families and communities that we serve.