Environment and Social Policy Statement

In pursuing its mission of “leading the process of policy formulation on economic and social
issues and external co-operation management to achieve sustainable development for the
people of Jamaica”, the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) undertakes to uphold the principles

  • Ethical leadership
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Openness and transparency
  • Human dignity
  • Respect for and fair and equitable treatment of all employees and stakeholders
  • Social and environmental responsibility
  • Accessibility and partnership
  • Respect for and observance of national laws

The Institute commits to upholding the dignity of the human person and to treating each
individual with respect and in accordance with the Constitution and Laws of Jamaica, including
all labour laws. As employer, the Institute will not discriminate against anyone on the basis of
colour, race, age, gender, religion, socio-economic status, physical ability or political affiliation.
The Institute prohibits all forms of harassment be it verbal or physical. As a development
agency, the PIOJ reiterates willingness to availing itself of the views and contribution of
residents through the process of stakeholder consultation and involvement at various stages of
policy and programme development, and to maintaining open channels for communication and
The PIOJ has zero tolerance for fraud, financial mismanagement and other forms of
mismanagement. In this regard, the Institute remains committed to adhering to the highest
standards of honesty, accountability, and transparency in the conduct of all its activities. The
Institute further commits to maintaining ethical and professional conduct in the execution of its
fiduciary responsibilities in accordance with the laws and regulations relevant to public sector
governance, and the guidelines for Fraud and Financial Mismanagement, as outlined in the
Disciplinary Code of the PIOJ Employee Handbook, and in accordance with the Environmental
and Social Policy of the Adaptation Fund.
In its day to day operations, the PIOJ pledges to subscribe to and promote the principles of
good governance and environmental stewardship, complying with national environmental laws
and regulations. Accordingly, the Institute will pursue policies and actions to safeguard against
all forms of ecological and environmental harm or degradation. The Institute will practice water
and energy efficiency and conservation; waste minimisation; proper waste disposal; and
embrace the standard of “reduce/reuse/recycle” as applicable. In addition, the PIOJ undertakes
to use and promote the use of environmentally friendly products and technologies and to
ensure that all its systems and business practices, including recruitment and procurement, are
All programmes/projects developed or implemented by or in association with the Institute will
seek to avoid unjustified loss or reduction of natural resources, including biological resources
and associated habitats. Additionally, the Institute will support and promote initiatives to
advance protection of the natural environment, sustainable use of natural resources, and
conservation of biodiversity.
The Institute will provide the leadership required to maintain an environment where both its
internal and external stakeholders recognise and accept environmental stewardship and social
responsibility as core values. At the organisational level, each member of staff undertakes to
give effect to the commitments set forth in this statement through being:
Inclusive, Accountable, Respectful and Responsible


Revised February 2016