Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB) Foundation is a Swiss foundation based in Basel working to promote sustainable and resilient infrastructure through sustainable infrastructure design and financing on a global scale. Active since 2008, GIB works with multiple stakeholders ranging from city representatives to project developers and infrastructure financiers. GIB has the vision that infrastructure – be it an energy plant, a transit infrastructure or a water utility – should not only deliver its service efficiently but also in a way that helps towards tackling the world’s largest sustainability challenges stemming from population growth, rapid urbanisation, social inequalities, excessive use of finite resources and carbon-intensive lifestyles. GIB’s work thus pushes for transformative actions in the field of infrastructure development and finance to contribute to sustainable development and the strengthening of community resilience.
GIB helps to meet the challenge of designing, implementing and financing sustainable infrastructure projects particularly but not exclusively during the early stage of the project cycle. As an independent, not-for-profit foundation, its work focuses on:
The GIB Standard for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, providing a voluntary sustainability standard for infrastructure projects around the world;
The GIB Resilience and Sustainability Credit Rating, making the added value of sustainability accessible for investors and particularly institutional investors;
The GIB approach to making the Infrastructure Asset Class more sustainable by providing measurement and backtracking of performance indicators; and
GIB capacity building with selected partners such as city representatives, project developers and financing institutions.
The GIB Foundation also organises the annual GIB Sustainable Infrastructure Summit. The next and 5th GIB Summit will take place in Basel, Switzerland on the 27th & 28th May 2015.