A source for the latest important information on the environmental and social safeguard policy review, development, and consultation process.
The draft Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) provides comprehensive requirements that promote sustainable development outcomes, and is comprised of the following parts:
The draft ESF was developed based on analytical and benchmarking studies, with feedback from governments, civil society organizations, private sector clients, and project-affected people during the regional and in-country consultations (Phase 2) held from June 2021 to March 2023.
A new round of consultations and solicitation of public comments will be held to further enrich the draft ESF and is open for written comments until 31 January 2024. Stakeholder consultations (Phase 3) will be held between November 2023 and March 2024.
Due to the expected feedback volume, ADB will not be able to respond to all comments individually. Stakeholder inputs from the consultations and feedback received through various platforms will be documented, and summaries will be disclosed accordingly.
Initial consultation and stakeholder outreach (Preliminary Information Sessions) (online)
Background studies (Findings and Recommendations)
Stakeholder Consultations on Analytical Studies
Disclosure of the Draft Environmental and Social Framework on ADB website
Public Comment and Stakeholder Consultations on the Environment and Social Framework
Final Policy Paper (R-Paper with Environment and Social Framework)
First Informal Board Seminar on the SPS update approach (Completed)
Deep Dive with ADB Board of Directors (Completed)
Second Deep Dive Board Seminar with ADB Board of Directors (Completed)
Informal Board Seminar on new Environmental and Social Framework
Board consideration of the Draft Policy Paper (W-Paper)
ADB Board consideration of the Final Policy Paper (R-Paper)
Phase 1 was completed with launching of the Safeguard Policy Review and Update process, sharing of the Stakeholder Engagement Plan and conduct of Preliminary Information Sessions and initial outreach.
Analytical and benchmarking studies were undertaken, and findings were presented and discussed during consultations to seek feedback from stakeholders.
Feedback from stakeholders will be analyzed and the draft policy prepared and disclosed for public comment. Consultations on the draft policy will be undertaken and findings used to update and finalize the 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, involuntary resettlement, and Indigenous Peoples.
Staff Instructions on Integrating Environment and Social Dimensions in Projects