Corporate Responsibility

The World Bank is committed to transparency, accountability, and sustainable development, and our corporate reporting reflects this commitment. Our reports adhere to global reporting standards and best practices. Collectively, the World Bank Sustainability Review, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Index, Annual Report, Climate-related Financial Disclosures, and Impact Report demonstrate our determination to advance corporate sustainability.

The World Bank Corporate Responsibility Program publishes, and archives for easy access, the annual GRI Index and biennial Sustainability Review. For further details, please visit: World Bank Sustainability Review.


The Corporate Responsibility Strategic Plan focuses on the World Bank’s efforts to: review mandates and progress on Corporate Responsibility at the World Bank; evaluate the current Corporate Responsibility landscape and trends; engage stakeholders for input on Corporate Responsibility issues; identify implementation priorities; and establish a rolling three-year implementation plan for Corporate Responsibility.

The priority areas have been identified by carrying out a survey of international financial institutions, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and sustainability news outlets. Internal stakeholders from across the institution confirmed the analysis and have identified paths forward.

An action plan to set long-term targets within these impact areas has been approved by the Managing Director & Chief Administrative Officer. 


10 Sustainability Principles are the bedrock for embedding sustainability in the Bank's decisions across its internal operations. Using these Principles in a systematic way will positively impact how we operate our facilities worldwide as well as throughout our supply chain.  

WB Corporate Sustainability Principles
1. Be Climate Resilient4. Ensure Resource Efficiency7. Eliminate Corruption
2. Be Energy Smart5. Reduce Waste 8. Enhance Diversity & Inclusion
3. Be Water Efficient6. Promote Sustainable Land Management9. Ensure Staff Wellbeing
  10. Engage & Preserve the Community


You can read about progress made in the 2023 Sustainability Review, 2023 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Index, and 2023 World Bank Annual Report as well as in our submission to the 2023 United Nation’s Greening the Blue Report. The World Bank uses a detailed materiality methodology to determine what aspects to include in our reporting.

We hope that you read these reports online; if you choose to print, please do so double-sided and in black ink.

GRI Index Editions: GRI Index 2022 | GRI Index 2021 | GRI Index 2020 | GRI Index 2019

" Our institution’s core values—Innovation, Respect, Impact, Integrity, and Teamwork—are the foundation of the 2023 Sustainability Review. These values underpin our efforts to adapt to a changing environmental and social landscape, and this report summarizes the contributions of World Bank staff who collectively work toward a world free of poverty on a livable planet. "

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