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18th Annual IBA Anti-Corruption Conference

14 Jun - 15 Jun 2022

Session information

ESG-related violations as exclusion grounds?


Anti-Corruption Committee (Lead)


Corrupt and collusive practices are common grounds for exclusion in public and multilateral development bank (MDB) procurement. The fight against corruption is caught by the ‘G’ of ESG and thus is the focus of exclusions and debarments. But what about other ESG-related issues? How are those identified, investigated and then sanctioned? Are ESG-violations sufficient grounds that can lead to exclusion or debarment?

Panellists will discuss how MDBs and public authorities have started to include ESG considerations in their investigation practices. Just as the US Magnitsky Act considers corruption as a human rights violation, MDB and public procurement could be close to extending their investigations by scrutinising more than the traditional sanctionable practices to sanction also other ESG violations committed under their projects.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Roland Stein BLOMSTEIN, Berlin, Germany; Co-Chair, Debarment & Exclusions Subcommittee


Bayartsetseg Jigmiddash Green Climate Fund, Incheon, South Korea
Chiawen Kiew European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London, England
Salomé Lemasson Rahman Ravelli , London, England; Rapporteur, Non-trial Resolutions of Bribery Cases Subcommittee

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