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Update on World Bank Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) – Toward More Sustainable and Inclusive Development Outcomes

April 12, 2023
Update on ESF April 2023

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As we approach five years of ESF implementation, we would like to take the opportunity to highlight some of the key features of the ESF and how they contribute to promoting more sustainable and inclusive development outcomes in our client countries. The ESF strengthens protections for people and the environment by making important advances in areas such as labor, sexual exploitation and abuse/sexual harassment, and stakeholder engagement. Efforts to strengthen client capacity and to provide project-affected parties with accessible and inclusive means to raise grievances are also important pillars of the ESF.

The event invited the perspectives and experiences of different partners, including the International Labour Organization (ILO), Bank Information Center (BIC), and Côte d'Ivoire's Agence National de l'Environnement (ANDE).



  • Ed Mountfield  Vice President, Operations Policy and Country Services (OPCS), World Bank
  • Joaquim Pintado Nunes  Branch Chief, Labour and Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch, International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Gisèle Doua  Deputy Director, Economic Affairs and International Relations, National Environment Agency, Côte d'Ivoire
  • Elana Berger  Executive Director, Bank Information Center (BIC)
  • Maninder Gill  Director, Environmental and Social Standards, OPCS, World BankEd Mountfield, Vice President, Operations Policy and Country Services (OPCS), World Bank


The ESF was launched on October 1, 2018, and applies to all Investment Project Financing (IPF) from that date onwards. It enables the World Bank and Borrowers to better manage environmental and social risks in projects and to improve development outcomes in client countries.

Visit the ESF website for other events and information.