Environmental and Social Framework

The Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) will enable the World Bank and Borrowers to better manage environmental and social risks of projects and to improve development outcomes. It will be launched on October 1, 2018.

The ESF offers broad and systematic coverage of environmental and social risks. It makes important advances in areas such as transparency, non-discrimination, public participation, and accountability—including expanded roles for grievance mechanisms. It brings the World Bank’s environmental and social protections into closer harmony with those of other development institutions.

The ESF consists of:


The Environmental and Social Standards: