Environmental and social sustainability

Environmental and Social Sustainability overview

The EBRD is committed to promoting environmentally and socially sound and sustainable development in the full range of our activities here at the Bank.

We seek to ensure that the projects we finance are socially and environmentally sustainable, respect the rights of affected workers and communities and are designed and operated in compliance with applicable regulatory requirements and good international practices.

ESIA Listings

Full versions of the environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) documents for our projects can be found using our ESIA listings, or by contacting the local EBRD office in each country. Full details of the local office relevant to each project are also found in the ESIA listings.

For the benefit of local stakeholders, the client makes the environmental and social impact assessments available near the project site in the local language. Clients are also obligated to provide at least an executive summary in English.

For further information, read the Bank’s Public Information Policy.

Project Complaint Mechanism

The Project Complaint Mechanism is EBRD’s new accountability tool, replacing the previous Independent Recourse Mechanism (IRM).

It assesses and reviews complaints about our projects. It gives local groups and individuals that may be directly and adversely affected by a project a means of raising complaints or grievances with us, independently from banking operations.

Civil Society Engagement Unit 

Formal and informal dialogue between the EBRD and non-governmental organisations/local communities is facilitated by the Civil Society Engagement Unit.

Requests for Information

The Bank also has a procedure for handling requests for information under the Public Information Policy (PIP). If an information request is denied, the Procedure includes the possibility of an appeal to the Secretary General to review the request separately.

Internal evaluation of environmental and social impact

Internally, EBRD operations are scrutinised by the Evaluation team who:

  • review project files
  • liaise with the Environment and Sustainability team
  • visit project facilities to draw lessons learned for the Bank
  • assess change against the Bank's environmental and social policy and national and EU standards
  • evaluate policy and sector strategy implementation prior to review

Our key internal issues include:

  1. Human capital development
  2. Compensation and benefits
  3. The health and safety of our employees and contractors
  4. Security and emergency preparedness
  5. Diversity, including gender equality
  6. Energy efficiency of buildings
  7. Use of renewable energy
  8. Water consumption
  9. Green procurement of office consumables
  10. Paper consumption
  11. Waste management
  12. CO2 footprint of air and rail travel