Campaign for rigorous policies for
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
to draft JBIC new env. guidelines
The JBIC is under the process of revising its environmental
guidelines. The draft will be prepared by mid-2001 for public comments.
Major crucial points to be included in the draft is being discussed
at an independent committee where NGOs including FOEJ, experts on environment
and social development, and relevant governmental agencies.
Link to Independent
Study Group for Unifying JBIC Guidelines
*the Recommendations by this group on
Environmental Guidelines for the JBIC was published in September,
2001. You can download the recommendations on the site as well.
*The JBIC has released its draft
Environmental Guidelines and invites comments until February 20. →→ See
Japanese NGOs request the following major improvements
in unifying the guidelines and have organized a working group for making
- Respect for human rights, more consideration on environmental
sustainability and social justice should be clearly mentioned in the
- There is a need to set uniform guidelines for the
new bank. Non-ODA operations which JEXIM handles should not be left
with no guidelines or lower standards concerning environment and social
- More rigorous environmental and social standards
are needed for the new bank, at least to match international standards
such as World Bank Guidelines or OECD/DAC Guidelines.
- Greater transparency and public participation should
be promoted by having relevant guidelines and procedures.
- Guidelines should be given clear legal status, most
preferably in some clauses or at least in an Operation Directive,
which is a ministerial ordinance.
- In the process of setting and revising guidelines
for the new bank, adequate transparency and participation of NGOs
and other concerned people should be secured.
- In order to implement guidelines sufficiently, the
functions of the environment office should be strengthened in terms
of staff and structure.
Draft NGO recommendations for the new guidelines
We welcome your comments to the draft recommendations.
- Points to be covered (Policy Matrix)
- Recommendations on Environmental Review
●What is the JBIC? *Other Japanese ECA→ about
●The process of setting environmental
guidelines of the JBIC