Sustainability  Policies & Standards

IFC Sustainability Framework - 2012 Edition

The Sustainability Framework consists of

 

Policies
  • The updated 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.
  • The 2006 edition of IFC's Sustainability Framework applies to investments that go through IFC's initial credit review process from April 30, 2006 to December 31, 2011.
  • Investments made prior to April 30, 2006 are subject to the Safeguard Policies

Reference Documents

IFC Sustainability Framework - Effective January 1, 2012

 

IFC Policies and Procedures

 

Policy on Environmental and Social Sustainability:
Defines IFC's responsibility in supporting project performance in partnership with clients. Available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese and Turkish.

Learn more about the Sustainability Policy »


Environmental & Social Review Procedures Manual (ESRP):
Defines management-approved tasks to achieve client compliance with the Policy and Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability, Access to Information Policy, and Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Guidelines.

Learn more about the ESRP »


Access to Information Policy:
Articulates IFC's commitment to transparency. Available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese and Turkish.
Download PDFs: English | Français | Español | عربي | 简体中文 | русский | Português | Türkçe

Learn more on IFC's Disclosure Portal website »

 

Resources for Clients

 

Performance Standards:
Define clients' responsibilities for managing their environmental and social risks. Available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese and Turkish.

Learn more about the Performance Standards »


Guidance Notes:
Companion documents to the Performance Standards providing guidance to clients (and IFC staff) in meeting the standards. Available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Additional language translations will be posted as they become available.

Learn more about the Guidance Notes »


Interpretation Notes:

Interpretation Note on Financial Intermediaries [PDF]
Interpretation Note on Small & Medium Enterprises [PDF]


Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Guidelines:
Technical guidance on environmental, health and safety issues, such as ambient air quality, chemical hazards, and disease prevention.

Learn more about the EHS Guidelines »

 

IFC Exclusion List: Defines the types of projects that IFC does not finance. Learn more about the IFC Exclusion List »

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

 

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