Performance Standards

PS1: Assessment and Management of Environmental and Social Risks and Impacts
PS2: Labor and Working Conditions
PS3: Resource Efficiency and Pollution Prevention
PS4: Community Health, Safety, and Security
PS5: Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement
PS6: Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources
PS7: Indigenous Peoples
PS8: Cultural Heritage


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

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

Disclaimer: Earlier versions of IFC's environmental and social policies, procedures, and standards are provided as reference material only. Note that in case of discrepancies between the original English text and the translated documents, the English text will prevail.


Full Documents

2012 Performance Standards

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2012 Guidance Notes

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2006 Performance Standards

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2006 Guidance Notes

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Interpretation Notes

World Bank Group Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Guidelines

Pre-2006 Versions


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