The forgotten annex in the EBRD Sustainability Report 2022: human rights
Briefing | 9 June 2023
In 2022, Bankwatch and its partner civil society organisations provided the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) with over twelve reports highlighting human rights concerns related to investment projects in the Bank’s countries of operation. However, none of these concerns are mentioned in the EBRD Sustainability Report 2022.
This ‘forgotten annex’ presents an overview of some cases associated with human rights concerns or violations that occurred in EBRD projects in 2022, including retaliation against individuals who raise concerns about investments, lack of meaningful engagement with communities and workers, poor working conditions, interference in the work of trade unions, violation of labour and land rights, environmental and health impacts, gender-based violence and harassment, gender discrimination and lack of transparency.
Monitoring and reporting on human rights concerns in EBRD operations is crucial. The EBRD should recognise that human rights risks and impacts in their countries of operation are an issue and address them accordingly.