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Safeguard Policy Review

A source for the latest important information on the environmental and social safeguard policy review, development, and consultation process.

Sexual and gender minorities Regional Consultation on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC)

Institutional Document | May 2022

Summary of the Analytical Study for the Safeguard Policy Review and Update: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC)

This consultation document provides a summary of the analytical study on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC). The draft is open for comments until 31 July 2022.

 Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment (SEAH)

Institutional Document | May 2022

Summary of the Analytical Study for the Safeguard Policy Review and Update: Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment (SEAH)

This consultation document provides a summary of the analytical study on Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Sexual Harassment (SEAH). Views and comments on this consultation draft are welcome until 15 July 2022.

Institutional Document | May 2022

Summary of the Analytical Study for the Safeguard Policy Review and Update: Gender and Safeguards

This consultation document provides a summary of the analytical study on Gender and Safeguards. Views and comments on this consultation draft are welcome until 15 July 2022.

Regional Consultations

Event | 15 November 2021 - 22 September 2022

Regional Consultations

ADB is conducting a series of regional consultations to solicit stakeholder feedback on safeguard implementation challenges and help ADB finalize analytical studies being conducted for the policy review. Join the consultations.

 

Modernizing the Safeguard Policy Statement

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is conducting a comprehensive review and update of the 2009 Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS). In the 10 years of the policy’s implementation, ADB has improved the capacity of developing member countries and private sector clients to manage social and environmental risks. With the changing contexts in countries and regions, the SPS needs to be updated to remain relevant and robust in responding to evolving development needs. Read the Background Information Paper on the Safeguard Review Process and its brochure and the draft Policy Architecture.

The review process will be informed by the findings and studies conducted under the following:

Independent Evaluation Department evaluation reports

Technical assistance projects supporting the review and update

Accountability Mechanism reports

 

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Message from the Managing Director

Managing Director General Woochong Um launches the Safeguard Policy Review Website and encourages stakeholders, including civil society to take advantage of this platform and the consultation opportunities during the review of its environmental and social safeguard policy.

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Indicative Timeline of Updating

Overall schedule

Key milestones Timetable
Internal preparations June-December 2020
Initial consultation and stakeholder outreach (online) June 2020-May 2021
Background studies (Findings and Recommendations) September 2020-June 2022
  • Regional Consultations on Analytical Studies
  • November 2021-September 2022
Draft and final policy paper March 2022-March 2023

Board engagement schedule

Key milestones Timetable
First Informal Board Seminar on the SPS update approach 31 August 2020 (Completed)
Deep Dive with ADB Board of Directors 22 April 2021/10 June 2021 (Completed)
Second Deep Dive Board Seminar 26 April 2022
Second Informal Board Seminar (on W-Paper) October/November 2022
ADB Board meeting on the W-Paper November 2022
ADB Board meeting on the R-Paper March 2023

 

History of ADB’s Safeguard Policy

ADB's environmental and social safeguards are a cornerstone of its support to inclusive economic growth and environmental sustainability in Asia and Pacific. The SPS consolidated three previous policies on environment (2002), involuntary resettlement (1995), and Indigenous Peoples (1998).


 

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Outdoor Class

Staff Instructions on Integrating Environment and Social Dimensions in Projects