Learning About the Environmental and Social Policy Framework
Courses and Resources for the ESPF

The IDB has developed a series of training materials and articles to support the implementation of the ESPF. Below, you will find courses, publications and other useful material.  

Remember to also check out our blog for the latest trends and best practices in environmental and social risk management.  

Online Courses

The New Environmental and Social Policy Framework in a Nutshell

ESPF in a Nutshell


The environmental and social context of Latin America and the Caribbean has evolved since the IDB's safeguards policies were developed more than 15 years ago. The new Environmental and Social Policy Framework emerges as an opportunity for improvement and harmonization of environmental and social standards within the IDB group and with other multilateral organizations. At the same time, it strengthens the efforts for the sustainable recovery of the region.

Join our learning chronicler during her trajectory and reaffirm your commitment to the development of the region!

This course is "self-paced" so you can enroll at any time, even if the course has been open for a while. You can take it at the time that is most suitable for you inside the enrolment period of the course.

To know more about The ESPF in a Nutshell course, please select your preferred language:

Environmental and Social Performance Standards (ESPS)

NDAS 2 - Online CourseESPS 2 | Labor and Working Conditions

Languages: Spanish

Environmental and Social Performance Standard 2 recognizes that pursuit of economic growth through employment creation and income generation should be accompanied by protection of the fundamental rights of workers.  This course will help you value the relevance of building and maintaining constructive relationships in the workplace, as well as the importance of working under safe and healthy conditions making sure that employees are treated fairly and aiming to promote the efficiency and productivity of ongoing projects.


NDAS 3 - Online CourseESPS 3 | Resource Efficiency and Pollution Prevention 

Languages: Spanish

Environmental and Social Performance Standard 3 outlines a project-level approach to resource management and pollution prevention and control, and avoidance and minimization of greenhouse gases emissions.  With this course, you will understand the importance of improving the management of resources to ensure that all projects are environmentally friendly and guarantee the safety of workers and surrounding communities.


NDAS 4 - Online CourseESPS 4 | Community Health , Safety, and Security

Languages: Spanish

Environmental and Social Performance Standard 4 recognizes that project activities, equipment, and infrastructure can increase community exposure to risks and impacts.  This course was designed to help you identify, minimize and manage the risks caused by natural hazards and climate change, to safeguard the projects during executing and operation. 


NDAS 6 - Online CourseESPS 6 | Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources

Languages: Spanish

Environmental and Social Performance Standard 6 recognizes that protecting and conserving biodiversity, maintaining ecosystem services, and sustainably managing living natural resources are fundamental to sustainable development.  In this course, you will learn about the requirements outlined by this ESPS and learn to identify how to apply those requirements to the projects.  


NDAS 7 - Online CourseESPS 7 | Indigenous Peoples

Languages: Spanish

Environmental and Social Performance Standard 7 recognizes that Indigenous Peoples, as distinct social and cultural peoples, are often among the most marginalized and vulnerable segments of the population.  This course will help you understand the importance of guaranteeing that all the projects financed by the IDB are executed to ensure that the rights, dignity, aspirations and culture of Indigenous Peoples are respected.


NDAS 9 - Online CourseESPS 9 | Gender Equality

Languages: Spanish

Environmental and Social Performance Standard 9 recognizes that gender equality has intrinsic value.  Gender equality is not only a matter of justice and human rights, but also a driver of sustainable development.  Additionally, this ESPS recognizes, regardless of cultural or ethnic context, the right to equality among genders as established in applicable international agreements.