Corporate Responsibility

The World Bank manages its internal operations to safeguard the wellbeing of staff as well as the ecosystems, communities, and economies in which we work. Progress is tracked in the World Bank Annual Report, the index of sustainability indicators based on the GRI reporting standards, and the biennial Sustainability Review.


The World Bank’s priority areas for our work on corporate sustainability include:

The priority areas have been identified through an external stakeholder survey of representatives from 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. Progress made on the action plan will be addressed in future reports.

" The world everyone wants—where no one lives in extreme poverty and everyone has an opportunity for a better life—is within reach. To achieve these goals, we all have to be committed; the decisions each of us makes every day determine the collective impact we have on the planet and society. "

Shaolin Yang

Managing Director & Chief Administrative Officer

Sustainability reporting

You can read about progress made in fiscal year 2018 in the World Bank Annual Report 2018, the GRI Index 2018, and in our response to the CDP. The World Bank uses a detailed materiality methodology to determine what aspects to include in our reporting.

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

About the World Bank Corporate Responsibility Program

The World Bank Corporate Responsibility Program catalyzes and mainstreams sustainability throughout the institution and is accountable to the Managing Director & Chief Administrative Officer. The program works in partnership with units across the World Bank to promote resource efficiency, and to raise awareness among World Bank staff about the everyday impact of such activities as commuting and recycling. The program plays a significant role in increasing transparency about the Bank’s environmental and social commitments, practices, and performance to outside stakeholders, such as civil society organizations and the impact-investor community.






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