Sustainability is beneficial for business and essential for lasting development.
To be sustainable requires keeping an eye on the big picture.
It’s not just about making an immediate windfall but about operating in a way that can be sustained over time. That simply makes good business sense. It also results in job creation, economic growth and greater development impact in the region.
Using resources responsibly, reducing waste, promoting inclusion and fairness, laying a foundation of good corporate governance, implementing sound labor, health and safety practices—these are just a few of the ways businesses can act sustainably. Such behavior is not only in their self-interest; it is also attractive to investors, customers and the communities where they operate.
Sustainable businesses pose a lower risk and are more likely to have a positive, lasting impact on development. It’s no wonder that sustainability is a core value at IDB Invest. It cuts across every sector, whether we are supporting climate-smart agriculture, financing resilient infrastructure or expanding access to credit for women entrepreneurs. By working with our clients to put sustainability into practice, we are helping them become more profitable over time and reinforcing our commitment to development for the long haul.