Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) recognises environmental and social (E&S) risk management as a critical issue that requires systems to monitor and control in line with legal and applicable international requirements in its operational sectors. This E&S Policy delineates AGRA’s vision and commitment to sustainable development and how it is fully integrated into AGRA’s core business processes and lays the foundation of the environmental and social management system (ESMS) that is put in practice.
AGRA is committed to promote sustainable agricultural practices in its focus countries. As an environmentally informed and socially responsible organisation, AGRA is committed to avoid or mitigate adverse E&S impacts, if any, of its interventions. AGRA is committed in promoting the use of an appropriate ESMS in order to improve the management of the E&S implications of all of its funded projects and activities.
1.3 Guiding principles
In implementing this E&S Policy, AGRA shall adhere to a set of guiding principles as listed below: • Avoid, reduce or limit negative environmental, social and climate impacts and improve the E&S benefits of its initiatives; • Support the preservation and protection of biodiversity and sustainably manage natural resources; • Avoid negative impacts on the living conditions, livelihoods and land tenure of communities; • Ensure the health and safety at work of its own employees and require its subcontractors and partners to implement measures to protect the health and safety of their employees at work; • Condemn forced labour and child labour, prohibit discrimination, prohibit and combat harassment and support the freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining of workers; • Comply with all relevant environmental, social, health and safety as well as land acquisition policies, laws and regulations of the countries of intervention and international standards.