In its Full Year 2011 Sustainability Review, the World Bank(WB) reported a reduction of its global corporate environmental footprint over the past six years, highlighting efforts to reduce water and paper use and offset greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to its activities.
Since 2006, the WB has cut greenhouse gas emissions from its US-based facilities by 7%, water usage by 54 %, and paper by 47%.
The review also documented progress in the WB’s commitment to giving back to the communities in which it works: its staff and retirees donated more than $1.8 million to local community projects through the Community Connections Campaign, with over 60% of staff participated in the Bank’s online pledging system, EGive.
Looking ahead, the Bank indicated it is working to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills through a communication campaign for staff, and further integrate sustainability into its corporate procurement.
Among 2011 achievements are the LEED gold award for two of the Bank’s Washington DC buildings, electric car charger stations and ample bicycle parking facilities, and disposal sites for used batteries and cell phones.
Regarding sustainable procurement, the WB requires its vendors to adhere to child labor protection policies as well as sustainability criteria for purchased paper. It also recognizes “sustainable champions” in the different divisions at the Bank to promote personal commitment to sustainability by employees.
“We are committed as an institution to taking every step possible to reduce our corporate environmental footprint”, said Mary Barton-Dock, WB Environment Director.“We have a great programme working to internalize this mission into our day-to-day operations. It’s making a difference but we recognize we have more work to do”.