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Sustainability and Safeguards

The Inter-American Development Bank demonstrates a strong commitment to sustainability through our environmental and social safeguard policies, standards and guidelines. Each policy promotes sustainability through a two-pronged approach:

  • Enhance outcomes via mainstreaming of environmental and social concerns, an approach that promotes environmental and social aspects as central considerations for all project activities; and
  • Minimize negative impacts by applying safeguards, including identification, monitoring and mitigation of issues that arise throughout a project lifecycle.

These policies, which we model after the best international practices, are essential to our mission to reduce poverty and inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Specialists in our safeguards unit work closely with project stakeholders and Bank colleagues to identify and solve challenges that may arise during Bank projects and programs, including environmental, inclusion of indigenous peoples, resettlement, labor, gender equality, and health and safety concerns. Thoughtful application of safeguard policies, standards and guidelines ensures that project beneficiaries can thrive for the long term.

The IDB also strives to minimize the environmental impact of our corporate operations. For more on our commitment to environmental and social stewardship, please refer to our Corporate Environmental & Social Responsibility Program.

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    Marine Natural Capital Panel

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