The Equator Principles are being updated: under “EP III” process

20 February 2012 - Forest Peoples Programme

Principle 3 provides the ‘Applicable Social and Environmental Standards’ which are supposed to be implemented according to the requirements of the remaining 9 principles. The Applicable Social and Environmental Standards are the Performance Standards of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) plus other relevant Environmental, Health and Safety Guidelines, although ‘justified deviation’ from these standards is permitted. In August 2011, the IFC Board adopted a revised set of Performance Standards and, in late 2011, the Equator Principles Association adopted these revised IFC Performance Standards in their entirety into the Applicable Social & Environmental Standards, Principle 3, of the Equator Principles. This incorporation became effective on 1 January, 2012. Read More.