World Bank Safeguard Policies OP

World Bank Safeguard Policies OP/BP 4.01

  • Arms, weapons and munition production or dealing
  • Prohibited drugs
  • Real estate purchases and any physical intervention including construction and rehabilitation
  • Activities that limit or deprive of individual or community’s access to land, assets or available resources
  • Activities that cause displacement of individual or community, involuntary taking of land resulting in relocation or loss of shelter, loss of assets or access to assets, loss of income sources or means of livelihood, whether or not the affected person must move to another location, or involving the involuntary restriction of access to legally designated parks and protected areas;
  • Activities in a protected area or a natural habitat;
  • Activities that have or may have impacts on the health and quality of forests, affect the rights and welfare of people and their level of dependence upon or interaction with forests, or that aim to bring about changes in the management, protection, or utilization of natural forests or plantations, whether they are publicly, privately, or communally owned.
  • Activities that may adversely affect or benefit an indigenous people, or that impinge on the lands owned, used or claimed under adjudication, by indigenous peoples;
  • Activities that involves, or results in diversion or use of surface waters;
  • Rehabilitation of latrines, septic or sewage systems;
  • Activities that affect dams, weirs, reservoirs or water points;
  • Activities that affect physical cultural resources, which are defined as movable or immovable objects, sites, structures, groups of structures, and natural features and landscapes that have archaeological, paleontological, historical, architectural, religious, aesthetic, or other cultural significance, that may be located in urban or rural settings, and may be above or below ground, or under water, and the cultural interest of which may be at the local, provincial or national level, or within the international community.
  • Production or trade in any product or activity deemed illegal under host country laws or regulations or international conventions and agreements, or subject to international bans, such as pharmaceuticals, pesticides/herbicides, ozone depleting substances, PCB, wildlife or products regulated under CITES;
  • Production or trade in alcoholic beverages (excluding beer and wine);
  • Production or trade in tobacco;
  • Gambling, casinos and equivalent enterprises;
  • Production or trade in radioactive materials ;
  • Production or trade in wood or other forestry products other than from sustainably managed forests.
  • Production or trade in unbonded asbestos fibers; and
  • Drift net fishing in the marine environment using nets in excess of 2.5 km. in length.
  • Activities that involve hydroelectric, irrigation, flood control, navigation, drainage, water and sewerage, industrial, and similar activities, including detailed design and engineering studies of such activities, that involve the use or potential pollution of international waterways, defined as: Any river, canal, lake, or similar body of water that forms a boundary between, or any river or body of surface water that flows through, two or more states, any tributary or other body of surface water that is a component of any
    waterway described above; and any bay, gulf, strait, or channel bounded by two or more states or, if within one state, recognized as a necessary channel of communication between the open sea and other states–and any river flowing into such waters.
  • Activities in disputed areas.
  • Activities involving pest management.
  • Production or activities involving harmful or exploitative forms of forced labor (all work or service, not voluntarily performed, that is extracted from an individual under threat of force or penalty)/harmful child labor (the employment of children that is economically exploitive, or is likely to be hazardous to, or to interfere with, the child’s education, or to be harmful to the child’s health, or physical, mental,
    spiritual, moral, or social development).
  • Production, trade, storage, or transport of significant volumes of hazardous chemicals, or commercial scale usage of hazardous chemicals. Hazardous chemicals include gasoline, kerosene, and other petroleum products.