As good neighbors, and in line with the IFC performance standards, it is critical that we ensure that our operations, transportation activities and other business practices avoid unintended or adverse effects on the public. We follow all national and local health and safety regulations, strive to meet the expectations of nearby communities, and regularly engage and collaborate with local stakeholders on health and safety-related risk awareness and emergency preparedness.
There are natural links between public safety and effective community engagement. Through engagement, we work to understand public concerns and safety risks, evaluate steps we can take to reduce those risks, help clarify misunderstandings and dispel misinformation, and, when appropriate, collaborate with communities on initiatives that make all of us healthier and safer. Through these efforts, we contribute building a strong safety culture in the communities near our operating sites.