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IFC Sustainability

IFC Sustainability 
The World Bank Group (WBG) is requesting external comments on its draft publication Good Practice Note: Improving Animal Welfare in Livestock Operations. We welcome your comments between April 8 - May 8, 2014.
IFC has recently launched a new series of free webinars offering its expertise and thought leadership on sustainability issues. The first session, IFC Performance Standards 101, was presented by Reidar Kvam.
This report presents the performance of IFC’s Sustainable Business Advisory during fiscal year 2013 and highlights recent projects and achievements as well as lessons learned and strategic priorities.
IFC is launching a consultation for the technical revision of 13 Environmental, Health and Safety Guidelines.
This handbook is for firms who wish to expand their supply chains by working with smallholder farmers. It is designed as an overview of key topics for sustainability and supply chain managers at agribusinesses, plantation companies, and extractives.

IFC Sustainability


Growing public awareness of environmental, social, and corporate governance issues is driving changes in the products consumers buy, how companies do business, and how investment decisions are made.


IFC's world-class environmental, social, and and corporate governance expertise helps private-sector clients succeed in this changing global environment by realizing their financial potential with a strong eye to environmental, social, and governance issues such as climate change, access to water, disclosure and transparency, and the impact business operations may have on local communities.


Our expertise includes:


  • Risk Management: Helping companies identify, reduce, and manage environmental, social, and corporate governance risks associated with their services, products, and business operations.
  • Advisory Services in Sustainable Business: Working with companies to adopt environmental, social and governance practices and technologies that create a competitive edge. We seek the broad adoption of these practices to transform markets and improve people's lives.
  • Global environmental and social standard setting: IFC's Policy and Performance Standards on Social and Environmental Sustainability are the gold standard in achieving sustainable development.
  • Global standard setting on corporate governance: IFC's Corporate Governance Methodology is recognized as the most advanced of its kind among development finance institutions (DFIs). In 2010, the DFI Working Group on Corporate Governance launched the DFI Toolkit on Corporate Governance, which is based on IFC's methodology.

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