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IFC Sustainability Webinar Series

IFC Sustainability Webinar Series


IFC Sustainability Webinar Series offers IFC expertise and thought leadership on sustainability issues. Recorded sessions are available for free on this webpage ( To stay up-to-date on future sessions, please join our mailing list below.




Webinar on IFC Performance Standards 101 

IFC Sustainability Webinar: IFC Performance Standards 101 presented by Reidar Kvam

IFC Sustainability Framework helps its clients do business in a sustainable way. It promotes sound environmental and social practices, encourages transparency and accountability, and contributes to positive development impacts. IFC Performance Standards, which are part of the Sustainability Framework, have become globally recognized as a benchmark for environmental and social risk management in the private sector.


Presented by IFC expert Reidar Kvam on February 25, 2014 to a live audience, this recorded webinar provides an overview of each of the Performance Standards and how they address challenging issues that are increasingly important to sustainable businesses, including labor and working conditions, stakeholder engagement, supply chain management, resource efficiency, and climate change.


About the Presenter:

Reidar Kvam


Reidar Kvam is Senior Manager, Policy, Quality Assurance & Knowledge Management, in IFC’s Environment, Social and Governance Department in Washington D.C. He is responsible for the development and stewardship of IFC's sustainability policies, including engagement with the World Bank, Equator Principles Financial Institutions, Export Credit Agencies, Development Financial Institutions and civil society. He is also responsible for the oversight of the Quality Assurance and Portfolio Analysis unit.


Reidar has a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Bergen, Norway. He is a social scientist with extensive operational experience in development projects from Latin America, East Asia, South Asia, and Africa. His work has particularly focused on incorporating social dimensions into development projects. He is one of the lead authors of the World Bank's framework on social analysis, which addresses issues of social diversity and gender; formal and informal institutions; stakeholders and participation; and social risk. He has been a member of the World Bank's sector board on gender issues, and has been a focal point and coordinator for work on empowerment and human rights. Prior to joining the IFC he was Regional Safeguards Adviser for the Latin America and Caribbean Region of the World Bank, coordinating oversight functions and quality assurance, analytical work, and capacity building related to the Bank's environmental and social policies.

Webinar on World Bank Group Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Guidelines 101 

IFC Sustainability Webinar: WBG EHS Guideliness 101 presented by Gaël Grégoire

The World Bank Group (WBG) Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Guidelines are technical reference documents with general and industry-specific examples of Good International Industry Practice (GIIP), as defined in IFC's Performance Standard 3: Resource Efficiency and Pollution Prevention. They contain the performance levels and measures that are normally acceptable to the World Bank Group, and that are generally considered to be achievable in new facilities at reasonable costs by existing technology. They are used by the World Bank, IFC and MIGA.


Presented by IFC expert Gaël Grégoire on March 25, 2014 to a live audience, this recorded webinar provides a general introduction and overview of the EHS Guidelines. In particular, Gaël addresses the following:


  • What are the EHS Guidelines?
  • What are the guiding principles of EHS Guidelines?
  • Who uses the EHS Guidelines?
  • How to use the EHS Guidelines?
  • How are the EHS Guidelines revised and updated?



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About the Presenter:

Gaël Grégoire


Gaël Grégoire is a Senior Policy Officer for Sustainability in the International Finance Corporation’s Environment, Social and Governance Department in Washington D.C. He is responsible for coordinating the review and update of the World Bank Group Environmental, Health and Safety Guidelines and providing support to senior management on global sustainability issues and development.


Before joining IFC, Gaël, an 'Ecole des Mines' graduate, was a Senior Environmental Specialist in the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa Region where he managed a portfolio of lending and analytical activities with a focus on energy, environment and global commons, and provided safeguards expertise. Gaël’s career in the World Bank Group includes Regional Carbon Finance Coordinator and Project Officer for the Mediterranean Environmental Technical Assistance Program. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Gaël worked as Environment and Energy Attaché at the Embassy of France in Washington DC, as a Senior Environmental Health and Safety Specialist at the French Environmental Protection Agency and as an Environmental Engineer for one of the world's largest producer of electricity and for several multinational oil and gas companies.

Webinar on IFC Helps Companies Improve Corporate Governance to Operate More Profitably and Grow 

IFC Sustainability Webinar: IFC Helps Companies Improve Corporate Governance to Operate More Profitably and Grow presented by Roman Zyla

Corporate governance is defined as the structures and processes by which companies are directed and controlled. Good corporate governance helps companies operate more efficiently, improve access to capital, mitigate risk and safeguard against mismanagement. It makes companies more accountable and transparent to investors and gives them the tools to respond to stakeholder concerns. Corporate governance also contributes to development. Increased access to capital encourages new investments, boosts economic growth, and provides employment opportunities. 


IFC's Corporate Governance Methodology is a system of evaluating corporate governance risks and opportunities of client companies. IFC is the first development finance institution to require corporate governance analysis of every investment transaction as part of its due diligence process. This Methodology has been the basis of a unified set of tools known as the Corporate Governance Development Framework, which has been adopted by 33 development finance institutions, including IFC, thus far. By adopting a unified approach, the development finance institutions hope to set consistent standards for corporate governance due diligence and advance the business case for good corporate governance. 


Presented by IFC expert Roman Zyla on May 19, 2014 to a live audience, this recorded webinar provides an overview of the five key corporate governance issues to look for when assessing a company's commitment to corporate governance. It will also provide an overview of the Framework and how it aims to help development finance institutions assess the quality of corporate governance at the companies in which they invest.



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About the Presenter:
Roman Zyla

Roman Zyla joined IFC in 2002 as Manager of the Ukraine Corporate Development Project in the Kyiv office. He has extensive experience working with financial institutions, family-owned companies, and state-owned enterprises. He has 15 years of experience in risk research, small enterprise and corporate development, and has served as a board member of a family-run company. He is a specialist in transition economies of the former Soviet Union and business development.


Roman holds a PhD from University College, University of London on the subject of small and medium enterprise development. With experience across Sub-Saharan Africa, he has also worked throughout Eastern and Central Europe, Central Asia as well as in East Asia, Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America. A Canadian, Roman is fluent in English, French and Ukrainian and has knowledge of other languages to help in his work. Currently based in Washington, D.C., he will relocate to Johannesburg in July 2014.

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