Pesticide use (IFC Performance Standard 3)is an indicator of
This indicator relates to an organisation's Pesticide use and Management and is a component of IFC Performance Standard 3 (Resource Efficiency and Pollution Prevention). Organisations will develop and implement an integrated pest management (IPM) and/or integrated vector management (IVM) approach to combat pest infestations and disease vectors which pose significant threats to human health or the economy. Measures taken to combat infestations should use best available information and use chemical means only after other methods have been considered. An assessment of chemical pesticides must be undertaken to ensure only those with low toxicity and high effectiveness are utilised. Procedures for storming, handling and disposal of pesticides should be done in accordance with the Food and Agriculture Organization's International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides (or other GIIP). The organisation must avoid use of pesticides called by the World Health Organisation as Hazard Class 1a (extremely hazardous) or 1b (highly hazardous). Other Performance Standards may also be applicable to a project. The Performance Standards are required for clients of IFC, but may also be applied by other organisations to manage their social and environmental management practices. For more information on the IFC Performance Standards see: http://www.ifc.org/wps/wcm/connect/c8f524004a73daeca09afdf998895a12/IFC_Performance_Standards.pdf?MOD=AJPERES. This indicator is taken from Performance Standard 3 of the International Finance Corporation's Sustainability Framework. Performance Standard 3: Resource Efficiency and Pollution Prevention is part of IFC's wider strategy of promoting sustainable development and reducing financial risk. Performance Standards 2 through 8 establish objectives and requirements to avoid, minimise, and where residual impacts remain, to compensate/offset for risks and impacts to workers, Affected Communities, and the environment. While all relevant environmental and social risks and potential impacts should be considered as part of the assessment, Performance Standards 2 through 8 describe potential environmental and social risks and impacts that require particular attention. Where environmental or social risks and impacts are identified, the client is required to manage them through its Environmental and Social management System (ESMS) consistent with Performance Standard 1. For more information on the IFC Performance Standards see: http://www.ifc.org/wps/wcm/connect/c8f524004a73daeca09afdf998895a12/IFC_Performance_Standards.pdf?MOD=AJPERES. Assessment of whether this has been implemented/addressed. IFC auditing process.