The Environmental, Social and Economic Sustainability Framework improves business practices of the UN Environment by integrating standardized and structured sustainability measures across all of its work. This Framework sets minimum sustainability standards for UN Environment and its implementing/executing partners, and enables UN Environment to anticipate and manage emerging environmental, social and economic issues
The Framework serves six broad purposes:
The Framework serves its broad purposes by employing two overarching Principles--the precautionary approach and human rights-based approach--plus nine Safeguard Standards, which are: biodiversity conservation; resource efficiency and pollution prevention; safety of dams; involuntary resettlement; indigenous peoples; labor and working conditions; protection of tangible cultural heritage; gender equality and economic sustainability. These Safeguard Standards mainly reflect a “do no harm” commitment, but as the implementation of the Framework evolves, they will be expanded into a comprehensive “do good” commitment in line with intention of the UN Environment to promote environmental, social and economic sustainability in what the organization does.