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in private sector clients whose needs cannot be \ue001ully met by
the market, we \ue001oster transition towards open and democratic
market economies. In all our operations we \ue001ollow the highest
standards o\ue001 corporate governance and sustainable development.
\ue001or people to escape poverty and improve their lives. We \ue001oster
sustainable economic growth in developing countries by supporting
private sector development, mobilising private capital, and
providing advisory and risk mitigation services to businesses
and governments. Our new investments totalled US$ 15 billion
in \ue000scal 2009, helping play a prominent role in addressing
the \ue000nancial crisis. For more in\ue001ormation, visit www.i\ue001c.org.
This Guidance Note is aimed at providing practical guidance
to IFC and EBRD specialists, consultants and clients on the
processes and standards that should be applied to the provision
o\ue001 workers\u2019 accommodation in relation to projects \ue001unded by IFC
or the EBRD. Applying appropriate standards to the construction
and operation o\ue001 worker housing \ue001alls within the per\ue001ormance
requirements on labour and working conditions expected o\ue001 clients
by both institutions. The Guidance Note also provides examples
o\ue001 good practice approaches that businesses have success\ue001ully
applied in their operations. IFC and the EBRD have not \ue000nanced
all the projects or companies mentioned in the Note. Some o\ue001 the
in\ue001ormation in the Note originates \ue001rom publicly available sources
such as company web sites. IFC and the EBRD have not veri\ue000ed
the accuracy o\ue001 such in\ue001ormation nor the companies\u2019 practices.
This Guidance Note is not intended to establish policy itsel\ue001;
and any issues arising in an IFC- or EBRD-\ue000nanced project will
be assessed and addressed in the context o\ue001 the particular
circumstances o\ue001 that project. The EBRD and IFC recognise
that there are no comprehensive international regulations
relating to workers\u2019 accommodation, and that good and best
practices are constantly evolving. The EBRD and IFC intend
to update this Guidance Note to refect such developments,
and would welcome \ue001eedback and comments \ue001rom users
to contribute to this process. Comments should be sent to
email@example.com and asksustainability@i\ue001c.org
This guidance note addresses the processes and
standards that should be applied to the provision o\ue001
workers\u2019 accommodation in relation to projects \ue001unded
by the EBRD or IFC. Applying appropriate standards
to the construction and operation o\ue001 worker housing
\ue001alls within the per\ue001ormance requirements on labour
issues expected o\ue001 clients by both organisations.
There is a range o\ue001 di\ue001\ue001erent types o\ue001 workers\u2019
accommodation that may be required by various
projects and at di\ue001\ue001erent stages within projects,
including temporary exploration camps, construction
camps and permanent dormitories. Speci\ue000c issues
arise in relation to each o\ue001 these. This note reviews
various international, national, private sector and
public sector standards and guidance that are
more generally applicable. In some cases clear
standards or good practice have been identi\ue000ed.
In others, we present a range o\ue001 standards that
provide some fexibility and adaptability within the
local context. In these cases, compliance with
at least the minimum standard is expected.
Issues \ue001or consideration are organised in
terms o\ue001 a staged process to be undertaken
in planning, constructing and then operating
worker housing \ue001acilities. These issues may be
relevant to the direct client or to (sub)contractors
undertaking particular elements o\ue001 a project, such
as construction or management o\ue001 \ue001acilities.
In cases where contractors are used, it is
important to set up appropriate mechanisms and
processes (reporting/monitoring) to ensure that
per\ue001ormance requirements are complied with.
required, and i\ue001 so, whether this can be provided
within existing local communities or whether
new \ue001acilities should be constructed. The likely
impact on local communities and the housing
market o\ue001 either option should be assessed.
Be\ue001ore constructing any \ue001acilities, other potential
impacts should be evaluated. These may include
the impact o\ue001 construction, and the e\ue001\ue001ect o\ue001 a new
housed labour \ue001orce on community services, such
as health, and on community cohesion and sa\ue001ety.
These assessments should \ue001orm part o\ue001 a project\u2019s
Environmental and Social Impact Assessment.
The next step is to consider the standards to be
applied \ue001or the location, arrangement and construction
o\ue001 any \ue001acilities. Issues here include consideration
o\ue001 a sa\ue001e and healthy location, application o\ue001
appropriate construction standards, provision
o\ue001 adequate and sanitary living conditions and
provision o\ue001 appropriate leisure and health \ue001acilities.
There are no universally applicable international
regulations relating to workers\u2019 accommodation
standards in general. However, there are some
international standards/guidance on \ue001ood sa\ue001ety,
water sanitation and waste management that
should be applied, and national or local building
regulations that must be complied with.
Lastly, when the accommodation has been
completed, there are issues around its operation and
management. These include the type o\ue001 sta\ue001\ue001 who will
manage it, development o\ue001 appropriate management
policies, such as security and grievance procedures,
and ongoing liaison with local communities. All
such policies should be subject to regular review.
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