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Inter-American Development Bank

2011 Corporate Environmental and Social Responsibility (CSR) Report


Inter-American Development Bank

2011 Corporate Environmental and Social Responsibility (CSR) Report

Contents Letter to Readers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Chapter 1: 2011 Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Chapter 2: Institutional GHG Inventory and Mitigation (Country Offices and Headquarters) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Calculating GHG Emissions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Reducing GHG Emissions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Offsetting GHG Emissions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Chapter 3: Energy, Solid Waste and Water at HQs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Energy Consumption . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 ENERGY STAR Partnership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 The Green Power Partnership (GPP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Water Consumption . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Solid Waste, Composting and Recycling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Chapter 4: Social Responsibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Supporting Local Communities in Latin America and Caribbean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Green Purchasing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Supporting the IDB’s Solidarity Program and Local Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Chapter 5: Staff Awareness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Earth Day Celebration with BidKids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Bike to Work Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Mi Casa Verde . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Children’s Christmas Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Letter to Readers The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB or the Bank) recognizes the need to balance economic growth with the needs of society and the environment in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Bank, through the Corporate Environmental and Social Responsibility (CSR) Program, has made considerable progress in ensuring that its internal operations are consistent with its commitment to address environmental and social issues in its lending operations. The CSR Program activities and achievements in this regard are described in this report. Understanding the connection between the Bank’s day-to-day business practices and climate change is crucial since lights, heating and cooling, computers, printers, copiers, business travel, and commuting are ways that the office environment contributes to climate change. The Bank’s primary greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions arise from electricity consumption, mission travel, and commuting. Water consumption and waste generation are also key institutional impacts. The CSR Program is tracking the Bank’s environmental footprint in these areas and continues to refine the data collection process to better understand and identify ways to reduce it. The IDB also takes the social ramifications of its actions seriously and is committed to fostering diverse, healthy communities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. In support of this commitment, the CSR Program supports social benefits to Latin America and the Caribbean through the purchase of carbon offsets which invest in renewable energy and other energy efficiency projects in the region, providing ancillary benefits to communities in addition to removing GHGs from the environment. The CSR Program partners with the IDB-DC Solidarity Program through the Bank’s Office of External Relations to strengthen social benefits to low-income Latino and Caribbean communities in the Washington, D.C. area by collecting donation items and supporting its social campaigns. The Bank also promotes sustainability by purchasing products under the Environmentally and Socially Responsible Corporate Procurement (ESRCP) program. The CSR Program will continue to identify, evaluate and implement solutions that make the Bank’s internal operations more sustainable, setting an example of stewardship for its internal and external stakeholders. We would like to express our thanks to everyone who has participated in CSR initiatives for making the Bank a better place to work. We welcome your feedback on the content of this report.

Yeshy Edwin, General Manager

Roger L. Ball, Division Chief

Budget & Administrative Services Department

Administrative Services & Corporate Procurement Division



The Corporate Environmental and Social Responsibility (CSR) Annual Report describes the Inter-American Development Bank’s Corporate Environmental and Social Responsibility activities at all of its locations for calendar year 2011.

Chapter 1: 2011 Overview The IDB is an established leader in financing climate change mitigation and adaptation projects in Latin America and the Caribbean, supporting the objectives of its Environmental and Safeguards (ESG) Compliance Policy and the Climate Change and Sustainability Department (CCS). The IDB is also “practicing what it preaches” by measuring and identifying ways to reduce its own carbon footprint. The mission of the Bank’s CSR Program is to promote environmental and social responsibility within the Bank community by aligning practices in all aspects of day-to-day operations with the Bank’s overall goals and objectives; managing and reporting on the Bank’s institutional environmental footprint; and providing ongoing education and awareness activities. In carrying out its mission in 2011, the CSR Program accomplished a number of activities of note, among them:

• • • • • • •

IDB recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partnership Program (GPP) as a 100% Green Power Purchaser; Updated the Bank’s GHG Inventory Management Plan (IMP); Purchased Verified Emissions Reduction (VERs) offsets to neutralize the Bank’s unavoidable GHG emissions; Purchased Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) for 100% of HQs energy consumption; Continued expansion of the CSR Staff Awareness Program through various events in HQs and missions to selected Country Offices; Sponsored the CSR booth at the IDB-IIC Annual Meeting, CSR Americas, Latin America Carbon Forum, Foromic and the Orientation Seminar for New Employees; and Assisted in the preparation for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) certification (LEEDTM EBOM) for the HQs facilities.

The CSR Program is well positioned within the Budget and Administrative Services Department (BDA) as this Department, through the Administrative Services and Corporate Procurement Division (BDA/ACP), manages administrative services, corporate procurement, real estate leasing and purchases, air travel, printing services, general maintenance, events management, and food services. The CSR team partners with the BDA/ACP Sections to accomplish the CSR Program objectives of reducing the environmental and social impacts of the Bank’s internal operations at its facilities, promoting social and environmental awareness in the workplace, and helping staff become aware of the impact of their actions.


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Chapter 2: Institutional GHG Inventory and Mitigation (Country Offices and Headquarters) The CSR GHG Inventory is conducted in accordance with its GHG Inventory Management Plan (IMP). The plan was originally written to comply with the Bank’s voluntary partnership with the EPA Climate Leaders Program. The IDB joined and formally announced its partnership with Climate Leaders in November 2007, and was a Climate Leaders partner through 2011, at which point this program was discontinued by EPA. The Bank’s IMP outlines the boundaries, data sources, processes for data collection, calculation of the GHG inventory and roles and responsibilities of the key persons in the process. Although no longer a requirement for an external program, the IMP is a valuable tool to delineate the process for collecting, calculating, maintaining and completing the Bank’s annual GHG inventory, and CSR recently updated this document to provide a framework for documenting process improvements made to the inventory procedures in future years.

Calculating GHG Emissions The CSR Program collects data on all of the Bank’s institutional activities to compile a comprehensive GHG inventory. The Program collects this data on a biannual basis to identify the factors affecting the Bank’s footprint and to identify any data irregularities. The IDB GHG inventory covers all facilities where the Bank has “operational control,” meaning that it is capable of introducing and implementing operating policies. The Bank’s GHG inventory includes GHG emissions produced in the buildings at the IDB’s Headquarters (HQs), at the 26 Country Offices (COFs), and two Special Offices. “Scope 1” direct emissions include those that come from sources directly controlled by the Bank, such as emissions from onsite fuel burning equipment (i.e. emergency generators, natural gas boilers) and emissions from refrigerants used for HVAC equipment; they also include transportation related sources (i.e. gasoline or diesel from IDB-owned vehicles). “Scope 2” indirect emissions result from the electricity that the Bank purchases. Finally, “Scope 3” optional emissions come from sources not owned or controlled by the Bank such as business travel, hotel accommodations and employee commuting. This inventory tracks carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) which are pertinent gases to Bank activities and which are recognized by the Kyoto Protocol, a protocol of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC or FCCC), aimed at fighting global warming. The resulting numbers in tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (tCO2eq) is referred to as the Bank’s GHG inventory. The Bank’s GHG inventory is prepared based on the GHG Protocol®: A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Through a collaborative process involving representatives from industry, government, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), WRI and WBCSD developed generally accepted accounting practices for measuring and reporting corporate GHG emissions. The WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol Corporate Standard (GHG Protocol) consists of a corporate accounting and reporting standard and separate calculation tools. The CSR team works regularly with the sustainability data management and communications software system provider and with Bank end-users to refine GHG data collection and to make the process more intuitive, increasing the quality and accuracy of the data collected. After end-



users enter their data through a standard web-enabled interface, the CSR team reviews and analyzes the data and prepares the Bank’s GHG inventory. Other adjustments may be required due to changes in activity data accuracy, changes in emission factors, and/or changes to the methodology used to calculate the GHG emissions. The current GHG inventory illustrated in Graphs 1 and 2 reflects adjustments in the previous year’s data due to the most recent applicable emissions factors and improvements in data accuracy. Graph 1 illustrates a 5% decrease in total 2011 HQs GHG emissions from the previous year, which may be partially attributed to reduced energy consumption as depicted in Graph 2 (scope 2). However, a faulty utility meter has been reported by our electric energy utility, which may have impacted the 2011 data reported. This meter has been replaced, so 2012 figures should reflect accurately. GRAPH 1 TOTAL HQS GHG INVENTORY (2008 – 2011)

Annual tCO2eq

22,000 21,474

21,500 21,029



20,500 20,000

Total HQs GHG Emisssions tCO2eq


19,500 19,000 2008




Graph 2 shows a 19% decrease in 2011 HQs scope 2 indirect emissions when compared to 2010 emissions. As mentioned above, the reported year-to-year reduction in scope 2 emissions may have been affected by an improperly functioning electric meter on one of the four lines feeding the Bank HQs building. The decrease in scope 2 indirect emissions was partially offset by an increase of 8% in 2011 HQs scope 3 optional emissions, primarily due to increased business travel. The upswing in scope 3 optional emissions illustrated in Graph 2 relates in part to the increased number of approved loans and non-reimbursable operations that expanded the Bank’s portfolio of projects in 2009, 2010 and 2011. This has required more travel to and throughout the Region by staff members, resulting in a corresponding increase in the number of miles travelled over 2008 data, which increased the Bank’s GHG emissions.


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Annual tCO2eq

14,000 12,000 10,000


10,929 9,906







Scope 1 Scope 2


Scope 3

4,000 2,000





0 2008




The variation and significant increases in total reported COF GHG emissions over the four years depicted in Graph 3 reflects progress in the accuracy of data collection in COFs, as opposed to a significant actual increase in emissions. GRAPH 3 TOTAL COF GHG INVENTORY (2008 – 2011)

Annual tCO2eq 8,000

7,448 6,562

7,000 6,000 5,000




Total COF GHG Emissions

3,000 2,000 1,000 0 2008







Annual tCO2eq

6,000 4,778

5,000 3,988


Scope 1

3,000 2,000 1,000

2,093 1,860 386

2,126 1,837





Scope 2 Scope 3


0 2008




Auditing and Verification The CSR team has been working with an outside reviewer to ensure a high quality GHG inventory since 2009. This independent annual review highlights strengths in the GHG data acquisition, calculation and reporting process and identifies areas for improvement. In 2012 the IDB will evaluate the benefits of validating and verifying the Bank’s GHG assertions by complying with the appropriate standard prepared by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The ISO standards are internationally recognized and compliance provides assurances to Bank stakeholders that an acceptably rigorous process is used for managing and reporting the Bank’s GHG inventory.


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Reducing GHG Emissions The Bank recognizes that it is not enough to simply measure and report its GHG emissions. To truly promote sustainability, the Bank is also taking action to reduce its emissions.

Country Office Carbon Competition In 2011, the Annual Country Carbon Competition Winners were announced during the Annual Recognition Awards Ceremony. For this competition, each COF may submit a proposal to win a grant of up to $10,000 to implement carbon reducing technology. Each year, a technical evaluation panel has the difficult job of selecting the three winners, from among proposals demonstrating variety, quality, and innovation. Proposals are scored on six key criteria including innovation, sustainability, potential to reduce negative environmental impacts, return on investment, ease of implementation and replicability. Colombia, Suriname and Uruguay were the 2011 winners for the following projects:

• Colombia will make an assessment of the building lighting to identify opportunities for • •

efficiency upgrades, and will examine the potential to incorporate solar energy. COF Colombia will also install recycling centers. Suriname proposes to use the funds to pay for the additional cost of a hybrid vehicle and to install lighting occupancy sensors. Uruguay plans to replace many of its existing light bulbs with high efficiency LED lights.

The Bank’s Travel Footprint At Bank Headquarters, the number of miles associated with official business travel is tracked by the General Services and Travel Section (GST), enabling the CSR team to calculate the resulting carbon impact. GST has made a number of efforts to educate Bank staff about the impact of travel emissions. These efforts include:

1. Placing a link on all itineraries to “TerraPass,” a carbon calculator that helps Bank travelers calculate their climate impact , enabling them to personally offset their emissions, if desired;

2. Recommending train travel over air travel when train travel is a legitimate alternative, since train travel is 17% more efficient;

3. Recommending video conferencing instead of travel for business activities for which it is appropriate; and

4. Placing links on the Travel Portal to direct staff to the “Greening the IDB” Web page and Green Travel Tips.



FIGURE 1 HQS TRAVEL DATA (2008 – 2011)

Total Air Miles (in thousands)









Total Number of Hotel Nights



2009 2010 2011




Gathering travel data for Country Offices is a challenge since there is no system available for COFs that automatically records miles travelled and hotel nights, and some travel agencies do not provide this information to end-users. The CSR team is working closely with the COFs and GST to explore ways to improve the data collection process and accuracy associated with official business travel from and among COFs. Some portion of the increase shown in COFs air miles from 2010 to 2011 reflects increased reporting accuracy by the COFs, in addition to some actual increase in air travel.


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COF TRAVEL DATA (2008 – 2011)

Total Air Miles (in thousands)


2008 8,877*1





2011 Total Number of Hotel Nights

2008 2009 2010






Offsetting GHG Emissions The IDB broke ground in 2006 at its Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors when it became the first multilateral development bank to execute a carbon neutral meeting by purchasing verified emissions reduction (VERs) to offset unavoidable GHG emissions generated by the meeting and its activities. The Bank expanded this initiative by going carbon neutral in HQs in 2007, and increased its commitment in 2008 by purchasing VERs to offset the unavoidable emissions of the COFs as well. The Bank only invests in carbon offset projects that reduce GHG emissions in Latin America and the Caribbean. The CSR team forms an evaluation panel comprised of experienced Bank staff to select which projects to invest in based on how well each project meets the following key accounting principles: Real: the quantified GHG reductions must present actual emission reductions that have already occurred; Additional: the GHG reductions must be surplus to regulation and beyond the “business as usual” scenario based on a performance standard methodology; Permanent: the GHG reductions must be permanent or have guarantees to ensure that any losses are replaced in the future; and 1

Data revised to reflect additional information received from COFs after 2010 report was published.



Verifiable: the GHG reductions must result from projects whose performance can be readily and accurately quantified, monitored, and verified.

IDB Carbon Offset Investments to Date

• Fuel Switch to Renewable Biomass - São Judas Tadeu, Brazil (2006) • Hydroelectricity in the Non-interconnected Zone - Vaupés, Colombia (2007) • Fuel Switch from Coal to Natural Gas - Lima, Peru (2007) • Energy Integration - Cosoleacaque, Mexico (2008) • Wastewater Methane Avoidance - Santa Catarina, Brazil (2009) • Landfill Gas Recovery Project - Punta Arena, Chile (2009) • Landfill Gas Recovery and Flaring - Leon, Mexico (2010) • Biomass Power Generation - Fray Bentos, Uruguay (2010) • Biomass Boiler Project - Paramonga, Peru (2011) • Hydroelectric Power Plant - Babilonia, Honduras (2011)


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Chapter 3: Energy, Solid Waste and Water at HQs Every workplace consumes energy and other natural resources and generates solid waste. The CSR Program is working to track this consumption and partners with the Facilities Management and Security Section (FMS) and GST to implement technologies that will reduce the use of natural resources and the amount of solid waste generated. A comprehensive recycling program also helps reduce the amount of waste the Bank generates, thereby placing less pressure on landfills and natural resources.

Energy Consumption FMS has responsibility for all building upgrades to IDB facilities, and has implemented a number of retrofits to reduce electricity consumption and GHG emissions. Selected activities are as follows: The first phase of a major facilities improvement program, a 3-year, $12m capital project to replace the building management system in the main HQ building, was nearing completion at the end of 2011. After the completion of this project in 2013, the improvements should reduce energy costs by approximately 13% and carbon emissions by about 7% through more efficient control of building equipment as well as the temperature and ventilation being supplied to the facility. In 2012, the program will continue with the replacement of major HVAC equipment serving this building. In 2011, the Bank applied for LEEDTMEBOM certification for its HQs facilities. The LEEDTMEBOM Rating System through the US Green Building Council (USGBC) helps building owners and operators measure operations, improvements and maintenance on a consistent scale, with the goal of maximizing operational efficiency while minimizing environmental impacts. LEEDTMEBOM addresses whole-building cleaning and maintenance issues (including chemical use), recycling programs, exterior maintenance programs, and systems upgrades. The applications are currently under review by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and certification is expected during the first quarter of 2012. TABLE 2 HQS ANNUAL ELECTRICITY AND NATURAL GAS CONSUMPTION (2008 – 2011)





Electricity (kWh)





Natural Gas (ccf)





ENERGY STAR Partnership In 2007, the IDB joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR Partnership Program, making commitments to measure, benchmark, and improve building energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions. The ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 75 or higher means that the IDB is in the top 25 percent, with improving scores for energy efficiency in the nation, compared with similar buildings. The following table indicates that the IDB has been in the top 25 percent for energy efficiency since 2008. 2

Revised data including December 2008 Electricity consumption for 1330 building




1300 New York Ave. Scores of a possible 100









The Green Power Partnership (GPP) and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) The Bank joined the EPA’s GPP Program in November 2007, and began to purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs) for 100% of its HQs annual electricity consumption. Each REC provides proof that one megawatt-hour (MWh) of renewable energy has been generated from an eligible source. In 2011, the Bank purchased 21,000 MWh of Green-e Energy certified RECs from nationwide wind resources in the US. Green-e Energy certification means that the RECs come from new renewable energy projects, have not been double sold, and are reviewed twice a year to ensure quality. The Bank’s green power purchases help reduce the environmental impacts of electricity consumption by supporting the development of new renewable generation capacity nationwide. The IDB has been recognized by the EPA GPP Program as a 100% Green Power Purchaser every consecutive year since 2007. The purchase of RECs is made by the CSR Program and it is one aspect of the Bank’s strategy for managing its environmental footprint at HQs. Purchases of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from the following generation sites (20072011)

• Post Wind Farm in Fluvana, Texas, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCT) region, • • • •

and Wood Waste in Hawesville, Kentucky, Southeastern Reliability Council of the Tennessee Valley (SRTV) region (2007) Capricorn Ridge Wind Energy Center in Sterling, Texas, ERCT region (2008) Highlighted Cell, ERCT region (2009) Endeavor Wind Energy Center in Osceola, Iowa, Midwest Reliability Organization West (MROW) region (2010) Wind energy sourced from multiple wind farms across the country (2011)

Water Consumption In 2011, FMS completed the design for the Kitchen Renovation Project and began the design for the Restrooms Renovation Project to include new and more efficient equipment which will generate energy and water savings. The Restrooms Renovation Project includes replacing the toilets with new, water-saving fixtures, replacing the faucets with new, automatic water-saving fixtures, replacing current “C-fold” towel dispensers with automatic roll towel dispensers and the installation of automatic air hand dryers. The installation of new water-saving faucets and toilets will reduce water consumption by approximately 3,000,000 gallons per year and save approximately $23,000 in water and sewer costs. The change from inefficient “C-fold” paper towel dispensers to automatic roll dispensers will reduce paper consumption by approximately 30% and save approximately $14,000 in supply costs.


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Water (thousands of gallons)









In 2011, water consumption decreased due to the installation of faucet aerators in all generaluse pantries and restrooms to reduce the water flow rate from 2.2 gallons per minute (gpm) to 1.0 gpm.

Solid Waste, Composting and Recycling In 2011, the CSR team assisted FMS and GST with the development and implementation of the Solid Waste Management Policy to meet the prerequisites and requirements for the LEEDEBOM certification. The intent of this policy is to establish standards for reducing the amount of solid waste and toxins that are taken to and disposed of in landfills and incineration facilities. It applies to all waste that is generated in the HQs buildings through normal operations and management, including recycling and waste management for all mercury-containing lamps, batteries, ongoing consumables, durable goods and facility alterations and additions. This policy identifies the Bank’s commitment to establish a solid waste management program and provides details on how it will be documented and tracked. Primary responsibility to manage and to take actions to promote and expand this program lies jointly with FMS, GST and the CSR Program. Also in 2011, in addition to the development and implementation of the Solid Waste Management Policy, GST and CSR engaged a service provider to perform composting services of cafeteria food waste and to introduce commercial single stream recycling in HQs facilities. The Bank’s HQs solid waste contractor has been removing compost from the cafeteria kitchen since April 2011, sending it to a local farm and diverting 108 tons of food waste from landfills to date. There was a brief disruption in this service in December 2011 when this farm stopped operating, however, the contractor located a new farm in the area and continues to remove compostable waste from the cafeteria kitchen. Single stream recycling enables all recycling items to go into a single container while the previous recycling method required individuals to separate paper from glass, metal, and plastic. This program should reduce the amount of solid waste that is sent to landfills, while also generating compostable material that can be used as fertilizer at a local 3

Reflects increased usage for cooling towers due to exceptionally hot summer weather in 2010.



farm. In 2012, the CSR team will reinforce the single stream recycling campaign to fully implement single stream recycling throughout the Bank. The Green Room, created in 2009 by the CSR team, also contributes to the reduction of the amount of solid waste disposed and reduces the purchase of new office supplies and equipment by allowing Bank staff to reuse items not needed by others. The Green Room stores surplus office supplies and equipment such as binders, folders, pens, and pads for office use. Every year, the CSR team prepares note pads using outdated office paper collected in the Green Room. The E-Waste campaign, launched in September 2009, provides collection boxes in all pantries and encourages Bank staff to dispose of batteries, cords, and old cellular phones from their offices and homes. The Bank has sent approximately 1,031 pounds of E-Waste and 527 toners to the appropriate recycling facilities since the beginning of the E-Waste campaign in 2009. In 2011, the CSR team added CDs and tape recorders to the list of E-Waste collectable items. TABLE 4 HQS ANNUAL SOLID WASTE AND RECYCLING





Solid Waste (tons)





Recycle (tons)





Increased recycling in 2011 is a result of the single stream recycling introduction and an ongoing process to improve the quality of data collected due to a change of trash haulers. For many years, the Bank has conducted a recycling program at HQs to eliminate outdated official records of the Bank. In 2011, the Records Management Section (REC) sent 1,668 cubic feet of paper to an offsite secure recycling facility. In addition, to meet the Bank’s security and confidentiality requirements, a controlled, environmentally-friendly destruction process of records has been in place since 1965. REC follows the IDB retention schedules, and in some years varying amounts of records are qualified for destruction, which explains the fluctuation in the data over the last several years. TABLE 5 PAPER RECYCLED FROM RECORD DESTRUCTION

Paper sent to an offsite secure facility (in cubic feet)


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Paper Consumption REC also manages IDBDocs, the electronic document and records management system of the Bank. By promoting the use of electronic records, the Bank has been reducing the amount of paper used in the daily business of the organization. REC also manages the e-Archives project to optimize the creation and electronic retrieval of operational historical records for access through IDBDocs and ZahorĂ­, the IDB internal search engine. TABLE 6 TOTAL PAPER CONSUMPTION

HQs Paper Consumption (metric tons)









Reusable Mug and Water Bottle Campaign The CSR Program continues to provide IDB-CSR reusable mugs and water bottles to all Bank staff, consultants and contractors at HQs in an effort to reduce the consumption of disposable cups and bottled water. The reusable water bottles are free of Bisphenol A (BPA), which may be hazardous to human health, and they serve to raise awareness of the environmental impact of the millions of disposable plastic bottles that enter the waste stream every day. This successful campaign allowed the Bank to phase out disposable cups from all pantries and compostable paper cups are only provided upon request.



Chapter 4: Social Responsibility The IDB recognizes the need to ensure healthy ecosystems, social equity and good organizational governance to achieve the benefits of operating in a socially responsible manner and to respond to its commitment in fostering diverse, healthy communities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

Supporting Local Communities in Latin America and Caribbean In 2011, the CSR team explored opportunities to purchase CSR promotional items that are manufactured in the Annual Meeting host country to promote local small businesses and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). For the 2012 Annual Meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay, the CSR Program has purchased reusable tote bags from CEPRODIH, a local NGO, to support their Project “GENERANDO OPORTUNIDAD,” which offers assistance, training and opportunities for income generation among women in vulnerable situations. The CSR Program also supports the IDB Young Connection (YC), a community of young professionals whose objective is to share ideas, experiences and passions, while transforming enthusiasm and leadership into action. In 2010-2011, the initiative “Action with Communities and Travel” (ACT-YC), provided an opportunity for young professionals at the IDB to experience hands-on involvement by successfully coordinating the mobilization of more than 70 volunteers from Washington D.C. to travel to Haiti. This opportunity helped young professionals at the Bank to raise awareness and support Haitians through the construction of transitional houses after the earthquake, as well as through donations received from Bank employees. As a result of ACT-YC’s effort to engage in field experience while helping Haitians, 800 transitional houses were built, and over 50 boxes of school supplies, clothing, utensils, and household items were sent to Haiti.


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Green Purchasing The Bank’s Corporate Procurement Section (PRC) is committed to purchasing products that promote social and environmental sustainability, as stated in the Corporate Procurement Policy. The Bank’s Corporate Procurement Policy states that, the Bank, through its corporate procurement practices, shall endeavor to integrate socially responsible suppliers, goods and services into its supply chain. In addition, the Corporate Procurement Policy states that contracts shall be awarded to the bidder whose evaluated bid or proposal represents the “best value” to the Bank, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, or physical characteristics. To provide guidance to end-users and accountability in its purchasing practices, PRC established the Corporate Procurement Advisory Committee for Environmental and Social Responsibility Standards (ESRCP), which reviews and approves new standards for the use of environmentally and socially sustainable products. To date, 23 product standards have been developed, and specifications for these have been incorporated into the scopes of work in the applicable contracts. Of the 23 standards, 18 have been fully implemented, two have been partially implemented and three are under consideration for implementation. Sustainable products promote social and environmental benefits, but also provide health benefits for Bank staff, consultants and contractors. For example, the unbleached paper napkins that the Bank currently purchases are manufactured through a process that avoids the use of chlorine and chlorine derivative in the bleaching process, eliminating potent carcinogens and persistent toxins in the air we breathe. Organic items offered in the Bank’s cafeteria promote health as they limit the intake of chemicals foreign to the human body. Green cleaning products improve indoor air quality by eliminating the release of volatile organic compounds and carcinogenic materials that many traditional cleaning materials contain, improving the long term health of Bank staff. FMS and GST continue to refine finish specifications to ensure that the Bank is current on sustainable products as well as to integrate CSR and LEED language into project specifications and contracts.

Supporting the IDB’s Solidarity Program and Local Community The IDB-DC Solidarity Program, housed in the Bank’s Office of External Relations, has strategic partnerships with more than 50 local community-based organizations to promote community development initiatives for low-income Latino and Caribbean communities in the Washington, D.C. area. The Solidarity Program supports these organizations through grant making, volunteerism, surplus equipment donation and technical assistance. In 2011, the program awarded US$340,775 in grants to 28 local organizations that provide social services to these communities. Also in 2011, to foster community engagement among staff, families and retirees, the Solidarity Program coordinated two major awareness campaigns and several drives in Washington, D.C., as well as in Latin America and the Caribbean. Specifically, the “Pink Campaign” raised more than US$17,500 to support breast cancer research and an HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign raised over US$15,000 to support services for HIV/AIDS and terminally ill patients. The “Pedal for Progress” bike drive and the “Shoebox Project for the Homeless” were organized with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, which this year collected and donated 65 bikes and 252 boxes of basic essentials for the homeless and low-income families; and the “Share the Magic Campaign” donated more than 3,000 toys, 180 boxes of food and baby items and US$ 7,000 in mini grants at the holidays.



The IDB-DC Solidarity Program recognized 259 IDB staff for their local volunteerism efforts and awarded three IDB Solidarity Awards for outstanding community service. To support the IDB CSR Program, Solidarity continues donating the Bank’s surplus equipment and supplies to local organizations to equip their classes, schoolrooms, and offices so they can offer free training seminars to adults, youth and children. These items allow the Program’s partner organizations to free up administrative/financial resources which allow them to provide more social services. By the end of 2011, the Bank had donated 1,982 items of surplus property, including computers, office furniture and equipment, to 29 local organizations. As part of its technical assistance support, the Solidarity Program co-sponsored a capacity building program for local community interpreters who provide low-income individuals with interpretation related to health services, legal advice, immigration documentation, housing, and court appearances. The program collaborated with the professional soccer club FC Barcelona and the Gates Foundation by providing training to young Latinos on polio-related issues.


2011 Annual Report

Chapter 5: Staff Awareness Every year, the CSR Program increases staff engagement in its initiatives aimed at providing employees with ways to make a positive impact on the environment. The CSR Program could not achieve its goal without the willing, enthusiastic participation of Bank staff in its outreach programs.

Earth Day Celebration with BidKids Since 2009, the CSR team has been celebrating Earth Day with the BIDKids child care center to teach our children the importance of taking care of the environment. Led by musicians playing guitar and drums, the children’s Earth Day parade moves throughout the Bank so the children can show off their garden-theme costumes and Earth Day signs. The CSR team provides a variety of different organic herbs and flowers for the children to plant in a wood planter donated to BIDKids play area by the CSR Program. The annual celebration ends in the cafeteria with a healthy lunch and more live music.

Bike to Work Day Every year, the CSR Program publicizes the Washington Area Bicycle Association’s (WABA) Bike to Work Day to promote biking as a fun, healthy, environmentally friendly mode of commuting. A number of bikers from the Bank also meet up at pit stops set up by WABA throughout the city for food, drinks, and raffles.



Mi Casa Verde On October 27, 2011 the Bank hosted its third environmental awareness expo, “Mi Casa Verde” (“My Green Home”), giving Bank staff and guests the opportunity to meet government, private and Bank departmental exhibitors to share innovative environmental and health and safety best practices, tips, and resources. This is the second year that the CSR team has invited the Bank’s Information Technology Department (ITE) to present the features of the new COMUnity Internet Telephony system to promote the use of the voice and web conferencing capability to help reduce the Bank’s carbon footprint from business travel. A number of great prizes were also raffled off, including a gift certificate from a local bicycle shop and Brita water filters. This year, the raffle proceeds were matched by the CSR Program to provide a $1,000 donation to the Solidarity Program partner Mi Casa, Inc, a local NGO providing affordable single-family home ownership and development consulting services to community and tenant organizations.

Children’s Christmas Party The CSR team participated in the 2011 Children’s Christmas Party by sponsoring the “SANTA’S GREEN HOUSES” corner, providing recycled materials from the Bank’s Green Room for the children to use to decorate the houses. This event positioned the CSR Program to increase awareness among Bank families of how day-to-day actions have an impact on the environment.


2011 Annual Report

2011 Corporate Environmental andSocial Responsibility (CSR) ReportInter