2012 Sustainability Report
The Inter-American Development Bank has committed to sustainability as an integral part of its mission to reduce poverty and inequality as it serves as a catalyst for development in the Latin American and Caribbean region. The Bank’s approach is twofold: we maximize positive environmental and social impacts, while minimizing risks to natural and human capital.
The Bank’s eighth annual Sustainability Report covers our sustainability performance for the 2012 fiscal year, benchmarking progress against our goals. The report also outlines the ongoing environmental and social sustainability safeguard commitments in the Bank’s work in Latin America and the Caribbean.
- Thirty-three percent of the IDB’s total lending in 2012 focused on climate change, sustainable energy, and environment.
- Eighty-one percent of projects from 2012 with high environmental and social risks rated satisfactory.
- The IDB funded five infrastructure loans in 2012, including US$15.5 million for biodiversity-specific components contributing to improved management of terrestrial and marine-protected areas.
- In 2012, the IDB invested US$23.5 million in grants and technical cooperation for women’s empowerment and equality.
How the report is organized
As in years past, we begin by exploring a critical emerging sustainability issue in the region. This year, the report provides a detailed look at the importance of water and its interplay with sustainability and development.
- Part I Sustainability in Our Region
Understanding the environmental and social sustainability implications of water use and resources in Latin America and the Caribbean
- Part II Sustainability in Our Operations
Ensuring environmental and social sustainability through IDB programs and investments in Latin America and the Caribbean
- Part III Sustainability at Home
An overview of the IDB’s in-house sustainability performance, environmental footprint, and support for our communities