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IoD Isle of Man is actively engaged in promoting and discussing ESG issues, including diversity and inclusion, climate change and core governance.

IoD Isle of Man has developed an agenda of events and partnerships on ESG at global and local levels.

We are proud to be part of the UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man Stakeholder Partnership.

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UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man

The Isle of Man has been involved with the World Network of Biosphere Reserves since 2016. The island is the world’s only entire nation Biosphere.

Find out more about UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man and what it means at

Local focus

In June 2021 the UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man Stakeholder Partnership Group published the first local vision and strategy. Locally the focus is on 'Working together for a sustainable future' - collectively known as the 5E's.


Being part of the stakeholder partnership group offers opportunities for balanced and considered decision making, opening the conversation to all with a collective aim of benefiting the island’s economy, environment and community.

More information on upcoming UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man events and initiatives is available at

IoD Isle of Man

IoD Isle of Man has an active engagement with the UNESCO Biosphere and its partners.

Recently two members from the Committee joined the technical sub-group. This group will assist with preparation for the periodic review which verifies the UNESCO Biosphere status.

As part of our ESG targets we host CPD opportunities for members to increase their learning and understanding about sustainability and what businesses could implement or aspire to achieve.

Meet the IoD Isle of Man ESG Chair – Ieda Gomes Yell

Ieda has a passion for increasing our understanding and promoting ESG best practice with our members.

“ESG – Environmental, Social and Governance – is one of top levers of business strategy; therefore company directors have a greater responsibility to ensure that ESG strategy aligns with business strategy and focus on material risks and business drivers. Furthermore, on a local level the Isle of Man Climate Change Bill will transform our way of doing business and company directors should be aware of future obligations and opportunities.” 

Read the latest from the IoD Sustainability business blog by visiting

We are delighted that this blog is written by one of our local IoD Ambassadors Carolyn Gelling (Head of Equity Markets - TISE The International Stock Exchange).

Plastic Busters

In December 2020 IoD Isle of Man took the Plastic Busters Pledge.

Find out more at

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Isle of Man ESG Events

Climate Change Governance - The Role of the Board of Directors - 25/05/2021

Recording available at 

IoD Isle of Man Net Zero – preparing businesses for a low-carbon future - 10/11/2021

What’s next for IoD Isle of Man

Find out more by visiting

Coming in 2022  - we will be joining the Bee picnic initiative, are you? Visit the UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man page to find out more.