Standard 7b

The provider identifies and manages environmental risks and opportunities.

Use the resources in this section to help you set up an adapted environmental risk management system.

Tools and Templates

12 Steps to Resiliency - A Guidebook on Disaster Risk Reduction and Business Continuity Planning for Microfinance Institutions

This guidebook, published by Oikocredit and ASKI, is designed to assist MFIs in improving their capacity towards preparedness, resilience and sustainability in the face of increasing vulnerability to disasters. The guidebook provides easy to follow and practical steps that will help the MFIs in developing their own Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan as well as Business Continuity Plan.

ESMS for Microfinance Institution

FIRST for Sustainability website provides some guidelines on how to set an Environmental and Social Management System for MFIs. A ESMS template is available for download.

Environmental and Social Risk by Industry Sector

FIRST for Sustainability website provides a series of factsheets that identify the level of environmental and social risks for 28 key sectors. The level of risk is provided for the following E&S risks: energy, water use, emissions to water, waste, emissions to air, ecosystems, workplace health and safety, disaster risk, site contamination.

Risques environnementaux et sociaux par secteur d’activité

Le site web FIRST for Sustainability propose une série de fiches sectorielles qui identifient le niveau de risques environnementaux et sociaux pour 28 secteurs clés.

Social and Environmental Management Guidance for Micro Finance Institutions - Part B. Field Guide

This practical guide published by FMO includes sector factsheets to help MFI staff identify the main social and environmental risks of 24 key sectors (eg. agriculture, fishing, restaurant, transport, handicrafts, etc.). Each factsheet also offers areas for improvement to suggest to clients.

Guide de gestion environnementale et sociale pour les institutions de Microfinance - Part B. Guide pratique

Ce guide pratique publié par le FMO comprend des fiches sectorielles pour aider le personnel des IMF à identifier les principaux risques sociaux et environnementaux de 24 secteurs d'activités clés (ex. agriculture, pêche, restaurant, transport, artisanat, etc.). Chaque fiche propose aussi des pistes d'amélioration à suggérer aux clients.

Case Studies

Adapting to a New Normal - Strengthening Resilience to Climate Change: Best Practices from the European Microfinance Award 2019

This publication presents the factors of success that distinguish ten initiatives from FSPs aiming at strengthening resilience to climate change (at client, staff and institution level). These initiatives were all shortlisted for the 2019 European Microfinance Award.