Strategic Advisory Services

Strategic advisory services and innovative solutions in all aspects of the broad sustainability agenda including sustainability strategy, environmental, social and health & safety performance, CSR and emerging issues.

International Standards

Development and application of policies, standards and management systems, due diligence, expert reviews, audits, gap analysis, monitoring and evaluation, facilitation and training based on extensive experience with the IFC Performance Standards, World Bank Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) and others.


Clients include

International Finance Corporation (IFC), MGM Innova Capital, Norsk Hydro, Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC), Deutsche Investitions und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG), Asian Development Bank (ADB), IDB Invest, Green Climate Fund (GCF), International Centre for Hydropower (ICH), World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB), International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Boston University, Gramercy Funds Management





Sustainability Frameworks is a partnership of seasoned professionals established in response to market demand for comprehensive environmental and social expertise. We are strongly aligned with a business-focused global development agenda and understand the growing demand of the private and financial sectors to go beyond traditional risk management. In today’s world, sustainability is a driver of business development and growth, and a creator of value increasingly geared to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Sustainability Frameworks helps its public and private sector clients develop strategies to manage their environmental and social risks and opportunities, and to address externalities associated with their operations. Together, we have several decades of experience supporting multilateral banks, private sector clients, governments and commercial financial institutions on a broad range of sustainability issues across various industrial, manufacturing and service sectors. We have worked in finance and banking, mining, energy, infrastructure, agriculture, high-tech, urban development and manufacturing.

Through our strong network of colleagues around the world, Sustainability Frameworks is able to mobilize additional world class expertise when needed to provide state-of-the art client support. We can tailor our teams to the specific needs of our clients. We work in English, French, Arabic and Spanish and have on-the-ground operational experience on all continents, including in complex settings.




Leila is an expert in sustainability, environment, health & safety, and the application of international standards for project finance, both public and private. She gained 10 years consulting experience with URS corporation (now AECOM) in France and the US, and spent eight years managing the environmental safeguards team for the InterAmerican Development Bank. She now works for a variety of clients including the World Bank, Millenium Challenge Corporation and DEG. Leila has worked in over 40 countries and assessed hundreds of sites and projects across a variety of industrial and infrastructure sectors. She has an MS in Structural Engineering from the Ecole Speciale des Travaux Publics and a PhD in Engineering Geology from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mine de Paris. She is an Environmental Management Systems lead auditor with significant experience in ISO 14001, hazardous waste and emergency response, and is SA 8000 qualified. She has also worked extensively in the integration of environmental and social issues management and resettlement. Leila is a native Arabic and French speaker with fluent English and Italian, and strong working Spanish.


Bill is a global leader in sustainability, working at the nexus of business and development. As a Senior Manager then Director with the IFC and the World Bank, Bill has engaged with public and private sector leadership on a range of emerging sustainability issues. At IFC, his team of environmental and social (E&S) development professionals worked in emerging markets, assisting clients to implement best practice solutions in hundreds of investment projects worldwide. He also co-led the review and update of the 2012 IFC Performance Standards, and was integral to the development of the World Bank’s new E&S Framework.Throughout his career, Bill has provided technical advice and support to clients for investment operations in finance, infrastructure, agri-business and manufacturing. He has 30 years technical experience in the application of international standards for project finance, management systems, sustainable finance and natural capital and the various global environmental funds. Bill has a B.Eng. and graduate degrees in business management, finance and public policy. He is a native English and French speaker with conversational Arabic.


Kate is a social and sustainability expert with a reputation for strategy and innovation in social performance across a range of sectors including energy & extractives, urban & infrastructure, high-tech and agri-business. She has over 30 years’ experience working with the public, private and non-profit sectors out of London, Brussels and Washington, DC, including 15 years as a senior partner with ERM, where she led the social practice in the Americas, and for the World Bank, where she helped design the implementation process for the new Environmental and Social Framework. Kate has global experience providing strategy advice firmly grounded in practical experience, and technical support with a strong understanding of development, international standards and the strategic business context. She is also a versatile trainer and facilitator. Educated at Cambridge and Harvard Universities, Kate is a native English speaker with fluent French and German, and strong working Spanish.