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. To learn more, read the 2021 GRI Index.


The Corporate Responsibility Strategic Plan, was established in 2016, focusing the World Bank’s efforts on the following areas of work: 

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 World Bank Annual Report 2021, the GRI Index 2021, and in our submission to the 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 the Sustainability Review online; if you choose to print, please do so double-sided and in black ink.

" Environmental degradation disproportionately affects the poor and managing our corporate environmental and social impacts is fully aligned with our mission to reduce extreme poverty. "

Shaolin Yang

Managing Director & Chief Administrative Officer


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