1M signatures for a robust, rights-based and just ADB safeguards policy!


Dear affiliates, partners and allies,


BWI is actively participating in the current review of  theADB Safeguard Policy Statement, and as such, is supporting the NGO Forum on ADB’s 1M signature campaign for a robust, rights-based and just ADB safeguards policy. 


The demands of the Council of Global Unions (CGU) to have an explicit reference to ILO standards have been incorporated in the campaign's demands. The full text read as follows:


Full coherence with international labour standards. This includes labour safeguards that protect loan project workers or workers affected by projects, and procedures that ensure alignment of policy advice, strategies, and policy-based lending  with international labour standards. There are three complementary areas of ADB policy where this can occur:


  • A binding labour safeguard for all projects, ensuring that international labour standards are upheld.
  • Systematic incorporation of the core and international labour standards into all thematic and sector strategies.Strategies should also draw upon ILO instruments relevant to the sector or topic. For example, the ADB energy strategy should uphold just transition by integrating the ILO Guidelines for a just transition towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies for all.
  • Employment results measurement that tracks the job impacts from ADB lending, including impact assessments that account for employment loss or degradation of working conditions and labour rights, and tracking the quality and quantity of direct post-project jobs operating assets built with ADB support. The performance of ADB projects should be judged in substantial party employment results, not only financial outcomes.


BWI urges all of you to support the campaign by signing here.