Produced by Vital Voices Global Partnership in cooperation with IFC and the MENA Businesswomen’s Network, this report surveyed 431 women business owners across 8 economies in the Middle East and North Africa to understand their needs, the critical obstacles they face in accessing finance, and identify real solutions to increase the economic contributions of women-owned SMEs.
The report captures the discussions among banking regulators and executives at the first International Green Credit Forum hosted by IFC and the China Banking Regulatory Commission in Beijing in May 2012. It also covers emerging market regulatory initiatives, China’s Green Credit Policy and international Equator Banks’ experiences.
The Environmental & Social Review Procedures Manual defines management-approved tasks to achieve client compliance with the Policy and Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability, Access to Information Policy, and Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Guidelines.
Publish Date: 4/1/13
The Guide outlines procedures and exploration techniques for geothermal projects and provides guidelines for presenting a geothermal project to funding entities and insurance companies. A focus is placed on high temperature geothermal resources for electricity generation.
This publication highlights the lessons of experience from the IFC-PERU Liquefied Natural Gas (PLNG) project. A focus on continuous improvement and adaptive management throughout the project, and an emphasis on stakeholder engagement and participatory monitoring are among lessons that are useful across sectors.
Publish Date: 3/1/13
The Handbook on Sustainability Reporting - a guide for listed companies in Vietnam, was produced by IFC in collaboration with the State Securities Commission of Vietnam (SSC), the Vietnamese stock exchanges, and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).The publication helps companies understand, manage and disclose their environmental and social performance, and take first steps towards meeting their sustainable development goals.
The publication includes a set of technical papers developed under the Low Carbon Technology Roadmap for Indian Cement Industry project, which is implemented with support from IFC. The content of the report falls under five categories : co-processing of alternative fuels and raw materials, improved thermal and electrical efficiency, clinker substitution, waste heat recovery and newer technologies such as nanotechnology.
This publication summarizes key aspects of IFC's updated Sustainability Framework (2012), and highlights environmental and social issues of current and emerging importance for business, including climate change, business and human rights, supply chain management, gender issues, stakeholder engagement, Indigenous Peoples, and biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Publish Date: 12/21/12
The 2012 Review of IFC's Advisory Services in Sustainable Business highlights the results of IFC's work to promote good corporate governance and strategic community investments; advance women entrepreneurs, small scale farms and firms; and engage the private sector in climate change solutions.
Publish Date: 11/19/12
Media guide aims at helping business journalists report on corporate governance and raise public awareness of the impact it has on businesses, shareholders, and the broader community of stakeholders.
Publish Date: 10/26/12
En los últimos años, las buenas prácticas de gobierno corporativo han sido un tema de gran interés para varias compañías y organizaciones del mundo entero, y América Latina no ha sido la excepción.
Publish Date: 10/1/12
As part of IFC's response to the financial crisis of 2008, IFC launched a risk governance program intended to enhance the capability of boards of directors in emerging markets for improved risk management oversight. This publication is a compendium of teaching materials prepared for these workshops conducted in 20 developing countries during 2010–2012.
Publish Date: 8/3/12
This study examines the role export processing zones (EPZs) can play in Bangladesh to promote women’s economic participation as a way to boost trade-zone competitiveness and generate sustainable jobs.
Publish Date: 7/16/12
This global report examines the opportunity for special economic zones to promote women’s economic empowerment and boost zone and enterprise competitiveness in developing countries. The research covers Bangladesh, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, El Salvador, Jordan, Kenya, and the Philippines.
Municipal solid waste (MSW) management system is one of the key components of a country’s overall environmental and resource efficiency framework. Inefficient MSW treatment in Russia today is causing negative environmental impact, and results in suboptimal use of raw materials and energy.
Publish Date: 6/28/12
IFC invited 15 extraordinary business leaders in environmental and social sustainability to identify challenges in the "green" growth path. They share what they do to address them as well as what they think governments and regulators should do.
This is the first study to explore the reasons why banks in emerging markets are increasingly providing non-financial services to their SME clients and consists of an overview followed by case studies of three banks.
Publish Date: 6/1/12
Climate change is one of the biggest issues in development today. While public policy is key, the private sector must also play a leading role. IFC can help business not just meet the challenge but build opportunity by widening and deepening access to technologies and helping support good governance, policy reform, and innovation.
Publish Date: 6/1/12