Our Investment Policies
OPIC is committed to supporting American businesses in the global economy. As a first step, we review all potential projects to ensure they will have no negative impact on U.S. jobs or the U.S. economy.
OPIC is also committed to supporting projects that promote sustainable, economic development, consistent with Congressionally-mandated statutory requirements.
To that end, OPIC's Office of Investment Policy (OIP) works to ensure that OPIC-supported projects:
- Are environmentally and socially sustainable
- Respect human rights, including worker rights
- Encourage positive host country development effects
The guiding environmental and social policies are based in large part on environmental and social impact assessment procedures applied by organizations such as the World Bank Group, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Inter-American Development Bank and the U.S. Export Import Bank, among others.
Learn more about our environmental and social policies here.
OPIC’s business lines work closely with OIP to determine a project’s eligibility for OPIC support. Each potential project is subject to a full policy review. Thorough, accurate, and complete information in the application and supplemental materials, such as a business plan, help expedite OIP’s project review.
If additional project information is needed from potential clients to clarify issues or fill information gaps to support a project review, OIP works through the OPIC lines of business to obtain the necessary information. OPIC support of a project may be conditioned upon specific contractual covenants, to ensure that the project will operate in compliance with the OIP policy requirements.