Asian Development Bank Sustainability Report 2016: Investing for an Asia and the Pacific Free of Poverty

Institutional Document | April 2016

In 2015 ADB made a total of 121 investments worth $16.3 billion contributing to inclusive economic growth in Asia and the Pacific. $2.0 billion of that amount was directly targeted at poverty reduction. $7.1 billion worth of investments also contributed to environmentally sustainable growth.

ADB doubled its commitment to climate finance in 2015 with a target of $6 billion annually by 2020, and issued its inaugural “Green Bond” of $500 million to promote low-carbon, climate-resilient development. 2015 also saw the receipt of Gold certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for ADB's headquarters extension, international standards certification for ADB's events sustainability management system, and successful verification of the greenhouse gas emissions inventory for ADB's headquarters according to international standards.

While continuing to prioritize infrastructure, ADB will also focus on widening affordability and access to basic services, as well as supporting social inclusion and environmental sustainability in infrastructure projects. In response to major changes in the global and regional development landscape, ADB has also started forging a new long-term strategy to guide its operations until 2030.

About the report

ADB's Sustainability Report allows stakeholders to assess ADB's operational and organizational sustainability performance and provides them with a single point of reference to understand its commitment to sustainable development. A separate detailed Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) index contains the responses of ADB to standard and specific disclosures in the GRI’s G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines and G4 Financial Services Sector Guidelines.


  • The President’s Statement
  • Foreword
  • Tables, Figures, and Boxes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • About ADB and the Sustainability Report
  • Ensuring Inclusive, Environmentally Sustainable Operations
  • Improving Organizational Culture and Resource Management
  • Appendix

Additional Details

  • ADB administration and governance
  • RPT167995-2
  • 978-92-9257-407-9 (Print)
  • 978-92-9257-408-6 (e-ISBN)

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