Environmental and Social Framework (W-Paper)

Institutional Document | October 2023

The proposed environmental and social framework (ESF) builds on the IED findings and recommendations and culminates almost 3 years of detailed analytical studies and extensive engagement with stakeholders.

It attempts to reconcile sometimes competing and conflicting views and recommendations; and seeks to strike the right balance with a harmonized approach, following good international practice, integrating emerging issues, and enhancing focus on implementation effectiveness and efficiency.

The ESF has four parts: (i) Vision, (ii) E&S Policy, (iii) 10 environmental and social standards (ESSs), and (iv) a prohibited investment activities list. The E&S Policy will be supported by an Operations Manual and Staff Instructions for ADB staff to provide detailed business process requirements.


  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Background
  • Stakeholder Consultations
  • Proposed Environmental and Social Framework
  • Implementation and Resource Implications
  • Request for Board Guidance
  • Appendixes

Additional Details

  • ADB administration and governance
  • Environment

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