Sustainability

Overview

WE PROVIDE KNOWLEDGE AND SUPPORT TO HELP CLIENTS ADDRESS SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES WHILE WORKING TO ENSURE OUR OWN FINANCIAL INTEGRITY.

IFC believes that embracing sustainability practices is key to long-term business growth and positive development outcomes. Our integrated approach to sustainability helps our client identify opportunities for growth and innovation while promoting sound environmental and social practices, broadening our development impact, and encouraging transparency and accountability.

We also work to assure our financial sustainability, by understanding, measuring, and managing the risks we take. Being financially sustainable enables IFC to make a long-term contribution to development.

 

IFC'S DISCLOSURE PORTAL

Transparency and accountability are fundamental to fulfilling our development mandate and strengthening public trust in IFC and our clients. IFC's Access to Information Policy reaffirms and reflects our commitment to these principles.

IFC discloses information about its projects, including project-level environmental and social review summaries (ESRS), through our disclosure portal.

Click here to access the portal.

 

FOCUS AREAS


AGRIBUSINESS 

Meeting increased demand for food with available resources of land and water requires a focus on sustainable production and resource efficiency. IFC works to enhance sustainability across the agribusiness value chain. The Global Map for Agro-Commodity Production supports our investments by assessing the country/commodity risk level of our clients.

CLIMATE CHANGE 

The World Bank Group has made confronting climate change a top priority in our push to eradicate extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. We are stepping up our investments in climate change mitigation and adaptation and helping our clients understand and manage the risks and opportunities climate change presents.

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

Sound, inclusive, and sustainable financial markets are vital to development as they ensure efficient resource allocation. IFC encourages financial institutions to become more involved in strategic sectors such as women-owned businesses and climate change. We help build their capacity to assess and mitigate their own environmental and social risks.

GENDER

Investing in women's employment and entrepreneurship is essential for economic growth. Yet, a wide economic gender gap persists. IFC works to identify where inclusive business results can be achieved by incorporating gender. We aim to ensure that women and men can equally participate in creating business value and secure influence and income for themselves.

OIL, GAS, AND MINING

Natural resources help countries earn revenues, attract investment, and create jobs, besides providing energy for millions. At the same time, there are risks to natural resources' contribution to sustainable development: weak governance, upheaval for local communities, and environmental degradation. We work with companies, governments, and local people to maximize benefits and minimize risks. 

INFRASTRUCTURE

Modern infrastructure spurs economic growth, improves living standards, and can represent an opportunity to address emerging development challenges, including rapid urbanization and climate change. In the power sector, IFC finances investments across a range of technologies with a focus on natural gas and renewable energy such as solar, wind and hydro.