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Sustainability
Review

The global pandemic has highlighted the deep interconnectedness between the planet, people, and economies, increasing the urgency of our work at the World Bank.

It has also strengthened our commitment to environmental, social, and economic sustainability in all that we do. As we support our client countries to meet their development goals in a sustainable manner, we work hard to “walk the talk” in our own investments, practices, and corporate footprint. Living our core values of impact, integrity, respect, teamwork, and innovation demands nothing less.

The Sustainability Review 2021 highlights World Bank activities undertaken in fiscal 2020 and 2021 to manage the environmental, social, and economic impacts of internal business operations. The review complements the World Bank Annual Report 2021 and the World Bank Global Reporting Index (GRI) 2021.

View the full reports:

Sustainability Review 2021

GRI Index 2021

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Our Work

We help countries achieve progress toward their development goals and protect hard-earned gains through a unique combination of financing, expertise, and convening power. Our knowledge helps countries forge informed solutions to their most pressing development challenges and our experience on the ground, which spans countries, regions, and sectors, allowing us to apply lessons learned and best practices to our work around the world. Our role as a trusted partner and broker of global knowledge positions us to lead on the global development agenda.

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Our Governance

Our core values—impact, integrity, respect, teamwork, and innovation–articulate what we care about most, guiding how we work with each other, our clients, and our partners. More importantly, they help us become a better institution, delivering on the goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.

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Our Finances

We are one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries and as a development institution, we must maintain financial strength to serve growing demand from clients and meet an ambitious development agenda. Our economic performance is better understood by grasping the unique business models and associated risks for the two organizations that make up the World Bank: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). Both IBRD and IDA publish an annual Information Statement containing their most recent Management Discussion & Analysis and Financial Statements.

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Our People

A truly committed, motivated, and diverse workforce that is geographically and functionally mobile is critical to the effectiveness of our core operational and knowledge services. We continue to expand our presence on the ground in client countries, allowing us to work more effectively and efficiently with governments and other partners. At the end of fiscal 2021, the World Bank had 12,528 full-time staff, of whom 47 percent were based outside our headquarters in the United States.

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Our Places

Reducing our corporate environmental impacts is aligned with our institutional mission to reduce poverty, as the world’s poor are the most impacted by environmental degradation. Increasing the efficiency of how the organization runs its business—through facility-level and staff-behavior changes—reduces natural-resource waste and decreases the cost of day-to-day operations.

We help countries achieve progress toward their development goals and protect hard-earned gains through a unique combination of financing, expertise, and convening power. Our knowledge helps countries forge informed solutions to their most pressing development challenges and our experience on the ground, which spans countries, regions, and sectors, allowing us to apply lessons learned and best practices to our work around the world. Our role as a trusted partner and broker of global knowledge positions us to lead on the global development agenda.

Our core values—impact, integrity, respect, teamwork, and innovation–articulate what we care about most, guiding how we work with each other, our clients, and our partners. More importantly, they help us become a better institution, delivering on the goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.

We are one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries and as a development institution, we must maintain financial strength to serve growing demand from clients and meet an ambitious development agenda. Our economic performance is better understood by grasping the unique business models and associated risks for the two organizations that make up the World Bank: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). Both IBRD and IDA publish an annual Information Statement containing their most recent Management Discussion & Analysis and Financial Statements.

A truly committed, motivated, and diverse workforce that is geographically and functionally mobile is critical to the effectiveness of our core operational and knowledge services. We continue to expand our presence on the ground in client countries, allowing us to work more effectively and efficiently with governments and other partners. At the end of fiscal 2021, the World Bank had 12,528 full-time staff, of whom 47 percent were based outside our headquarters in the United States.

Reducing our corporate environmental impacts is aligned with our institutional mission to reduce poverty, as the world’s poor are the most impacted by environmental degradation. Increasing the efficiency of how the organization runs its business—through facility-level and staff-behavior changes—reduces natural-resource waste and decreases the cost of day-to-day operations.

Read more on all these topics in the Sustainability Review 2021 and GRI Index 2021.

For details, please contact: crinfo@worldbank.org

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