IFC Practices for Sustainable Investment in Private Sector Livestock Operations

7 fundamental practices for sustainable livestock operations


There are seven fundamental practices that inform IFC investments in livestock and aquaculture projects. These practices must underpin a client’s operations, and IFC works with clients to help them transition to operations that follow these practices during the course of the investment.

The goal is to ensure that IFC investment projects are aligned with these seven practices within three years of the investment, with the exception of Practice 7, which must be adhered to from the outset. This due diligence process and action plan is recorded in IFC’s Environmental and Social Review Summary (ESRS), which produces an Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP).


  1. Implement robust animal health management and biosecurity protocols
  2. Implement prudent and responsible use of veterinary antimicrobials and medicines
  3. Implement animal welfare management systems codified by credible standards
  4. Promote decarbonization pathways and enhance the climate resilience of operations
  5. Prevent the loss of biodiversity
  6. Provide safe food
  7. Respect relevant national laws and regulations


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Author: International Finance Corporation

Publisher: World Bank Group

Language: English

Year: 2022

Ecosystem(s): Agricultural Land

Location(s): Global

This publication is focused on value chains in support of the work of the Food Systems, Land Use and Restoration Impact Program (FOLUR), with funding from the Global Environment Facility.

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