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