International Finance Corporation

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is the private sector lending arm of the World Bank Group. The IFC funds development activities of numerous multi-national companies and private actors throughout the developing world. In 2011, the IFC approved a new set of Performance Standards, which contain measures aimed at preventing harm to the environment and people, especially indigenous peoples, from IFC-funded projects. The IFC additionally adopted a human rights-based impact assessment tool, though its use by borrowers remains voluntary. The IFC’s safeguard policies not only affect the obligations of the IFC and its private sector borrowers, but are increasingly being adopted by commercial banks and national export credit agencies.

2009-2011 Policy and Performance Standards Review

2008-2010 Human Rights Impact Assessment Tool Development