Social & environmental management

Working on the modern social and environmental safeguard policies of major international financing institutions since their genesis in the 1980s.

We view environmental compliance through the lens of social opportunity and understand and analyse environmental problems as social issues.

Today, we work with the international standards of the International Finance Corporation and World Bank Group and the safeguard and management policies of all the major multi- and bi-lateral donor agencies.

For private sector clients, the Equator Principles provide a benchmark for service delivery.

We offer a full suite of social and environment management advisory and delivery services through the project cycle. We combine our experience of working locally in developing and transitional economies with the latest thinking and technical understanding in environmental and social management systems.

Furthermore, we integrate our services in these fields with innovative tools and approaches from a wide range of other disciplines in which we also offer expertise, such as natural resources management and agriculture, water and sanitation, resilient infrastructure systems, transport and planning, urban development, and green growth.


  • environmental and social screening and scoping
  • environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA)
  • stakeholder engagement
  • social assessment and community based approaches
  • social assessment
  • strategic environmental and social assessment
  • environmental and social management systems
  • resettlement planning
  • due diligence, review and auditing
  • sustainability appraisal and assessment
  • climate risk profiling and resilience planning

Recent projects

Delivering Locally to International Standards Evidence on Demand (EoD) - Climate, Environment, Infrastructure & Livelihoods

IMC, in joint venture with DAI, manages EoD, which provides DFID with independent high quality advisory services and expertise to assist them in the delivery of projects and programmes. Services include topic guides, elearning modules and a rapid response helpdesk, enabling the DFID advisors to examine safeguards and potentially develop guidelines. The helpdesk furnished experts to complete climate and environment assessments to appraise DFID programmes while the topic guides keep DFID up to date on key debates and issues, covering areas such as Strategic Environmental Assessment, Leveraging the Private Sector to Promote Agriculture and Natural Resource, and Large Scale Land Acquisition.

Worldwide, 2012 to 2016, DFID

Due Diligence on Environmental, Social and Resettlement

IMC is providing technical guidance and reviewing environmental, social and resettlement risks and opportunities, social and gender analysis, managing the Quality Assurance of a ESIA, capacity building to apply safeguards and due diligence on resettlement associated with infrastructure development. Climate Change screening tools are being piloted and terms of references for Resettlement, Environmental and Social Management Frameworks for threshold programmes are being developed. This project is undertaken as part of an overall framework that provides these services and more to MCC projects worldwide in water, sanitation, transport, energy, agriculture and irrigation.

Sierra Leone, 2014 to 2017, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)

Kampala-Jinja Expressway PPP: Environmental & Social Consultants

IMC is acting as environmental and social advisors to the transaction advisory team of the IFC and is assessing the potential to develop the Greenfield Expressway between Kampala and Jinja under a PPP scheme. Currently in the due diligence phase, IMC is advising on the development of ESIA, Environmental and Social Management Plans and Resettlement Action Plans. IMC also forms part of the bid advisory team and is tasked with undertaking independent monitoring of the resettlement processes.

Uganda, 2014 to 2016, World Bank

Environmental & Social Safeguards – Public Private Partnership (PPP) Guidelines

IMC developed guidelines to ensure that the design process for investment projects harmonise national statutory requirements with those of international financing agencies and investors. The guidelines covered environmental and social assessment and safeguards, provided sample draft generic terms of reference and content specifications for undertaking environmental and social studies, and included a review of national and international requirements.

Vietnam, 2013 to 2015, Department for International Development (DFID)

ESIA and Health, Safety & Environmental Guidelines for the Sand Mining Industry

IMC produced a Strategic ESIA to international standards to help plan and regulate the national sand mining industry, a key driver of the Montserrat economy. Outputs were Health, Safety and Environmental Management Guidelines for the sector and an Operational Plan for Reducing Environmental and Social Impacts.

Montserrat, 2011, Government of Monserrat

Drilling Waste Study in Albertine Graben Best Practicable Environmental Option

The overall project involved producing a Best Practicable Environmental Option for oil and gas drilling waste from development in the Albertine Graben. IMC put together a Stakeholder Engagement Plan to inform the strategy for management of drilling waste and to ensure stakeholders’ interests and social perspectives are incorporated throughout the lifecycle of the project.

Uganda, 2013 to 2014, Tullow Uganda Operations Pty Ltd

Business Case for Productivity in Small Scale Agriculture

IMC, in joint venture with DAI, developed a business case to improve productivity for small scale farmers through improvements in their agricultural techniques. IMC provided expertise in agriculture, climate, environment, social development, governance and nutrition. The completed business case consisted of programme papers, log frames, a budget, design documentation, appraisal papers, and a monitoring and evaluation framework.