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Performance Standards and Guidance Notes - 2012 Edition


The 2012 edition of IFC's Sustainability Framework applies to all investment and advisory clients whose projects go through IFC's initial credit review process after January 1, 2012.

 

 


 

IFC Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability - Effective January 1, 2012

IFC's Performance Standards define clients' responsibilities for managing their environmental and social risks.

 

The Guidance Notes are companion documents to the Performance Standards, providing guidance to clients (and IFC staff) in meeting the Performance Standards.

 

The Performance Standards are available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese and Turkish; the Guidance Notes are available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Portuguese.

 

Additional resources on the Performance Standards are also available:

 

 

For easier downloading, the Performance Standards and Guidance Notes are offered both in their entirety and by individual sections. Text versions of the Performance Standards are below; a booklet version is also available for English, French, and Spanish.

 

 



Performance Standards (full document) [PDF]*
English | Français | Español | عربي | 简体中文 | русский | Português | Türkçe

 

Guidance Notes (full document) [PDF]*
English | Français | Español | عربي | 简体中文 | русский | Português

 

 



Performance Standard 1: Assessment and Management of Environmental and Social Risks and Impacts [PDF]*
English | Français| Español | عربي | 简体中文 | русский | Português | Türkçe

 

Guidance Note 1: Assessment and Management of Environmental and Social Risks and Impacts [PDF]*
English | Français | Español | عربي | 简体中文 | русский | Português

 

 



Performance Standard 2: Labor and Working Conditions [PDF]*
English | Français | Español | عربي | 简体中文 | русский | Português | Türkçe

 

Guidance Note 2: Labor and Working Conditions [PDF]*
English | Français | Español | عربي | 简体中文 | русский | Português

 

 


 

Performance Standard 3: Resource Efficiency and Pollution Prevention [PDF]*
English | Français | Español | عربي | 简体中文 | русский | Português | Türkçe

 

Guidance Note 3: Resource Efficiency and Pollution Prevention [PDF]*
English | Français | Español | عربي | 简体中文 | русский | Português

 

 



Performance Standard 4: Community Health, Safety, and Security [PDF]*
English | Français | Español | عربي | 简体中文 | русский | Português | Türkçe

 

Guidance Note 4: Community Health, Safety, and Security [PDF]*
English | Français | Español | عربي | 简体中文 | русский | Português

 

 



Performance Standard 5: Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement [PDF]*
English | Français | Español | عربي | 简体中文 | русский | Português | Türkçe

 

Guidance Note 5: Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement [PDF]*
English | Français | Español | عربي | 简体中文 | русский | Português

 

 



Performance Standard 6: Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources [PDF]*
English | Français | Español | عربي | 简体中文 | русский | Português | Türkçe

 

Guidance Note 6: Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources [PDF]*
English | Français | Español | عربي | 简体中文 | русский | Português

 

 



Performance Standard 7: Indigenous Peoples [PDF]*
English | Français | Español | عربي | 简体中文 | русский | Português | Türkçe

 

Guidance Note 7: Indigenous Peoples [PDF]*
English | Français | Español | عربي | 简体中文 | русский | Português

 

 



Performance Standard 8: Cultural Heritage [PDF]*
English | Français | Español | عربي | 简体中文 | русский | Português | Türkçe

 

Guidance Note 8: Cultural Heritage [PDF]*
English | Français | Español | عربي | 简体中文 | русский | Português

 

* Note: In case of discrepancies between the original English text and the translated documents, the English text will prevail. 

 

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