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Definition of Project Categories 

Definitions of Project Categories


An environmental and social category is assigned to an investment project after appraisal and before public disclosure during the IFC project/investment cycle.

Projects are assigned a category of A, B, or C, in descending order of environmental and social sensitivity, or FI, in the case of financial institutions that on-lend to clients who may present environmental and social concerns.


Category A projects require a minimum 60-day disclosure period. All other projects require at least 30 days.


CATEGORY A

Projects expected to have significant adverse social and/or environmental impacts that are diverse, irreversible, or unprecedented.

CATEGORY B

Projects expected to have limited adverse social and/or environmental impacts that can be readily addressed through mitigation measures.

CATEGORY C

Projects expected to have minimal or no adverse impacts, including certain financial intermediary projects.

CATEGORY FI

Investments in Financial Intermediaries that themselves have no adverse social and/or environmental impacts but may finance subprojects with potential impacts.


For more definitions refer to the
IFC Disclosure Glossary.

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