Safeguard Policy Statement

Date: June 2009
Type: Policies, Strategies, and Plans
ADB administration and governance; Environment; Social development and protection


The Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS) builds upon the three previous safeguard policies on the environment, involuntary resettlement and indigenous peoples, and brings them into one single policy that enhances consistency and coherence, and more comprehensively addresses environmental and social impacts and risks. The SPS aims to promote sustainability of project outcomes by protecting the environment and people from projects' potential adverse impacts by avoiding adverse impacts of projects on the environment and affected people, where possible; minimizing, mitigating, and/or compensating for adverse project impacts on the environment and affected people when avoidance is not possible; and helping borrowers/clients to strengthen their safeguard systems and develop the capacity to manage environmental and social risks.


  • Background and Introduction
  • Changing Context
  • Current Safeguard Policies and Experience
  • Key Policy Issues and Considerations
  • Safeguard Policy Statement
  • Implementation Arrangements and Resource Implications
  • Recommendation
  • Appendixes
  • Attachments