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Negative List Products

 Title of the PPR
 Negative List of Products Policy
 Effective Date
 Board of Directors
 1 May 2007
 Current Document :
 The Board of Directors Decision No. BD2007-03-06, 1 May 2007
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 Environment Policy


The Bank must observe in all its operations compliance to the maximum extent possible with the applicable rules and regulations regarding procurement of goods and services, national legislation of member states, and with the provisions of the international conventions, treaties and agreements that limit, restrict or prohibit use, proliferation, generation, or otherwise disfavor the financing of operations that facilitate dealing in goods and services that pose a threat to health and safety of humans, other species, or the environment in general.


In application of the above policy statement, the Bank has produced a list, which should be regarded as restricted goods and services that it specifically excludes from financing in all its operations. The exclusion is meant to eliminate the risk for the Bank of entering into financing operations that facilitate dealing in controversial or specifically prohibited goods and services. Goods and services that have the potential of leaking into illegal use or, as a result of manufacturing, handling, storage or trade pose a threat to health and safety, security, or present an intrinsic risk for the environment are specifically excluded from Bank financing.


The exclusion list includes the following:


1. Weaponry, ammunition, military goods, or goods that may be directly used for military purposes;

2. Casinos or other gambling facilities;

3. Tobacco;

4. Alcohol;

5. Narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances, precursor and essential chemicals, which may directly or without major modifications be used for illegal purposes (regulated by the Single Convention of Narcotic Drugs of 1961 as amended by the 1972 Protocol; the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971; and the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances adopted in 1988);

6. Hazardous materials generation, storage, treatment, disposal or trade;

7. Transactions which contravene any applicable laws or international conventions in all relevant jurisdictions;

8. Goods that are on the Bank’s Financing Environmental Exclusion List:

a) Wildlife products regulated under the CITES Convention;
b) Genetically modified organisms to be released into the natural environment
c) Manufacture, distribution or use of banned pesticides and herbicides;
d) Unsustainable fishing practices;
e) Radioactive materials, including radioactive waste;
f) Hazardous waste storage, treatment or disposal;
g) Manufacturing of, or trade in, equipment and appliances containing Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), halons and other substances regulated under the Montreal Protocol;
h) Manufacture of, or trade in, equipment containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs);
j) Manufacturing of, or trade in, products containing asbestos;
k) Transboundary trade in waste and waste products;
l) Shipment of oil using tankers without valid IMO certificates.