IFC's Policy and Performance Standards on Social and Environmental Sustainability have become globally recognized good practice in dealing with environmental and social risk management. In the financial markets worldwide, the Performance Standards have been catalyzing the swift convergence of standards for cross-border project finance.
Nearly 70 banks and financial institutions, including over 10 from emerging markets, have adopted the Equator Principles, which are based on IFC's Performance Standards.
On a regular basis, IFC convenes Community of Learning knowledge-sharing events for financial institutions. Participation in IFC's Community of Learning allows attendees to draw on IFC expertise in applying Performance Standards as well as benefit from knowledge sharing within a wide network of practitioners.