Submitted by: International Finance Corporation
Categories: Human Resources & Diversity1
Posted: May 30, 2006 – 12:00 AM EST
In its recently released 2005 Sustainability Report, entitled "Choices Matter", the Corporation provides more information than ever before about how IFC is integrating sustainability into products, services and investment choices. It also shows how the largest investor in private equity in developing countries is using its unique position and resources to respond to global challenges such as climate change, poverty, corruption, HIV/AIDS, women in private sector development, and the preservation of biodiversity.
IFC is a leader in providing not only capital but also knowledge, expertise and grants to help clients and stakeholders combine sustainability and business opportunity. According to the report, nearly one-third of IFC employees were involved in these efforts in FY05 and 70% of clients surveyed said IFC adds value to their businesses through knowledge and support in good corporate governance, social and environmental sustainability.
"We utilize our resources and expertise in a way that minimizes the risks while maximizing the opportunities to drive sustainable development where it is needed the most. This is an IFC tradition of which we are most proud. We take our responsibilities very seriously, and hold ourselves accountable in those areas where we can control outcomes. Fundamental to this is continued engagement with affected stakeholders to ensure that all concerns are considered." (Rachel Kyte, Director, Environmental and Social Development Department, IFC)
IFC has also emerged as a global standard setter on environmental and social development for financial market institutions and the private sector. The Corporation's environmental and social safeguards, recently updated, have become a recognized model of good practice among other financial institutions. In 2003, they were adopted as the basis for the Equator Principles, a framework for commercial financial institutions to use when investing in development projects with a capital cost of $50 million or more. As of February 2006, 41 banks had adopted the Principles, and it is estimated that they now cover approximately 80 percent of global project lending.
As shown by the Corporations latest sustainability report, IFC is committed to continuing its leadership role and to continuously improving the sustainability of its operations and its investments.
Assurance for the report was provided by The Corporate Citizenship Company.
To download the report or request hard copies, visit www.ifc.org/SustainabilityReport
IFC is inviting questions and feedback via email@example.com
IFCs mission is to promote sustainable private sector investment in developing and transition countries, helping to reduce poverty and improve peoples lives. From its founding in 1956 through FY05, IFC has committed more than $49 billion of its own funds and arranged $24 billion in syndications for 3,319 companies in 140 developing countries. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
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