IFC, as part of the World Bank Group, uses the World Bank Group’s vendor guidelines for procurement.  The World Bank Group introduced environmentally and socially responsible guidelines in our governing procurement policies for administrative/operational goods and services.  Currently, WBG does not have an equivalent environmental or socially responsible procurement policy for administrative/ operational work carried out by consulting firms or individuals. 


Standard clauses outlining WBG’s procurement policy on environmental, diversity, child labor and/or fair labor standards are added to procurement documents, as appropriate (depending on goods or services being procured) to ensure WBG policies are reflected.   In addition, the Corporate Procurement Unit educates WBG Business Managers about policies and works with them to ensure that procurement decisions are environmentally and socially responsible and cost effective. 


Each individual Business Manager determines the appropriate environmental and social considerations on a contract by contract basis. This is done by including specific sustainability criteria relevant to the goods or services being purchased in the associated procurement documents (Scope of Work, Requests for Proposal, etc.).


Many of the best-practice ‘sustainable procurement’ examples have come from units in WB’s Global Services Division and IFC’s Facilities Management department, addressing  the environmental impacts of certain administrative goods and services such as construction work, furniture, food and catering, and more.  Examples demonstrating IFC’s commitment to sustainable procurement include:  


  • Green office design criteria for Country Office construction;
  • Sustainable sourced furniture in IFC's Regional offices;
  • Comprehensive approach in IFC’s headquarters facility in Washington, DC that includes: green cleaning products, energy efficient lighting, closed-loop carpet recycling system, and strengthened requirements for construction services to be more aligned with LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) practices.  


For more information on IFC’s best practice examples of sustainable procurement, and associated policies as part of the WBG, please download PDF.