The Emerging Markets Investors Alliance's Agriculture Program will be hosting senior members of the Chain Reaction Research team to discuss the palm oil sector’s sustainability trends, achievements, and challenges in Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Members of the Dutch International Responsible Business Conduct Agreement for the metals sector, together with experts from Europe and Latin America, including speakers from Profundo, will explore transition scenarios and their impact on workers and communities.
The declining deforestation rates for oil palm in Indonesia are promising. However, recent government legislation, the increasing demand for biofuels, the leakage market and the increasing price of crude palm oil all risk more forest being cleared. Join Chain Reaction Research’s expert analysts and guests from The Gecko Project to discuss the changing context of Indonesian deforestation.
Join Chain Reaction Research, research partner of Profundo, for this webinar to discuss questions as why has palm oil struggled to grow across several African nations? And why has a relatively small industry been unable to address serious environmental and social concerns? And which companies, including FMCGs, and financiers (investors and banks) can be linked to ESG violations?
Join Chain Reaction Research, research partner of Profundo, for this webinar to discuss how financiers of plantations, traders, FMCGs, and biofuel companies face financial and reputation risk if palm oil is linked to deforestation.
The workshop will include a presentation by Profundo of the results of their research on how the EU Green Deal (Circular Economy Action Plan and Farm-to-Fork Strategy) will affect the CBI traget group. What we know, what we think and what we don't know.
The training will give an overview of important sustainability standards specifically for the banking sector, but will also help you with both developing and implementing responsible lending policies.
As more companies commit to deforestation-free palm oil supply chains, there is a clear need for No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) policies to be applied across all commodities for no-deforestation claims to carry weight. This webinar organised by Chain Reaction Research will discuss the need for more ambitious policies and the financial risk of falling short on no-deforestation commitments.
The European Green Deal will certainly have an impact on international trade and suppliers from developing countries. The question is how big this impact will be, and what the best response is?
During the webinar they will update you on the policies changes and share tips on how you can prepare for these policy changes, including recommendations from European importers.
We are excited to be part of the launch of the first Don’t Buy Into Occupation Coalition (DBIO) report “Exposing the financial flows into illegal Israeli settlements”, next Wednesday.
Profundo carried out research commissioned for DBIO, a joint initiative between 23 Palestinian, regional and European organizations. It is an investigation of the financial relationships between business enterprises involved in the illegal Israeli settlement enterprises in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and European financial institutions.
This is an important step to increase corporate accountability to halt human rights violations.
Attend the virtual launch Wednesday 29th of September with interesting speakers and discussions. Register here
The Forests & Finance website offers an easy searchable database with all the financings and investments provided by national and international financial institutions possibly contributing to tropical deforestation. The deals in the database refer to financing for companies in the beef, palm oil, pulp & paper, rubber, soy and timber sectors in Southeast Asia, Central and West Africa, and Brazil. The website further offers case studies on the role of financiers in tropical deforestation and a systematic and critical assessment of the forest-related policies of the 54 most important banks and investors in our database.
Forestsandfinance.org is an initiative by a coalition of campaign and research organisations including Rainforest Action Network, TuK Indonesia, Profundo, Amazon Watch, Repórter Brasil, BankTrack, Friends of the Earth US and Sahabat Alam Malaysia. Collectively, they seek to achieve improved financial sector transparency, policies, systems and regulations, that ultimately prevent financial institutions from supporting the kind of environmental and social abuses that are all too common in the operations of many forest-risk sector clients.
Webinar: Evaluating the Universe of Risks in Indonesian Palm Oil
Join Zoological Society of London SPOTT (ZSL SPOTT), Chain Reaction Research (CRR), and Orbitas to dive into the fundamentals for how financiers should analyze a broad range of risks amongst palm oil companies in Indonesia as well as the whole supply chain to inform their ESG investment and lending strategies. Combining company transparency and policy data, sustainability and financial risk analysis, and climate transition analysis, this event will aid novices and experts on how to more holistically evaluate companies across the palm oil supply chain in Indonesia and abroad when taking the downstream sector into account. Hear from:
• ZSL SPOTT for an overview of Indonesia’s palm oil sector and how to put palm oil producers’ and traders’ commitments, practices, and disclosure into perspective.
• CRR on how to analyze the sustainability and financial risks of an individual company, upstream and downstream, reviewing their policies, behavior, and access to capital.
• Orbitas on the importance of analyzing climate transition risks and how to begin thinking about longer-term risks (and opportunities) for the palm oil sector in Indonesia.
DATE: April 15th, 2021
TIME: 10 AM EST/4 PM CET
Webinar: South Korea's Ties to Unsustainable Palm
South Korean companies develop operate unsustainable plantations, buy unsustainably produced palm products, and provide finance to several unsustainable actors. CRR has found that South Korea is a significant player in the palm oil leakage market.
Join CRR and Shin Young Chung of Advocates for Public Interest Law South Korea to discuss how South Korea's ties to the unsustainable palm market and how change may occur.
Date: Jan. 21st, 2021
Time: 8:00 AM EST (US & Canada)/2 PM CEST (Europe)/10 PM KST (Korea)
Hosted by CRR Consortium:
For more, please visit chainreactionresearch.com.
WEBINAR: Deforestation Risks for Brazil’s Big Meatpackers
December 10, 2020
JBS, Marfrig, and Minerva are the largest meat processors in Brazil, dominating beef processing and exports. Our latest report assesses the companies’ exposure to deforestation and analyses their market, reputation, and technology risks.
Our analysis shows:
– The companies show little progress in monitoring indirect supply chains;
– They face material financial risks from European investors;
– Chinese and European market shifts create market risks;
– And differing business models create distinct risks amongst the top three meatpackers
CRR held a webinar on these findings on January 14th, 2021.
Beef on Track
On the 17th of December, Chain Reaction Research will participate in the latest Beef on Track webinar "Na Quinta do Boi", organized by Imaflora. The webinar will cover what international partners from Europe are doing to promote greater transparency in the beef value chain and their needs when it comes to accessing information on deforestation-free cattle.
The webinar will be broadcast in English, with interpretation provided in Portuguese via Zoom.
Date: Nov. 19th, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM EST (US & Canada)/4 PM CEST (Europe)
Fast-Moving Consumer Goods Companies (FMCGs) had aimed to eliminate deforestation in their supply chains by 2020, but most are lagging in implementing and executing their zero-deforestation policies. Recent CRR research has shown that FMCGs may face USD 16 billion to USD 82 billion in reputation risks as consumers, NGOs, and governments pressure them to increase their ambitions.
Please join CRR analysts on November 19th for a discussion on how failing to meet sustainability goals tied to deforestation is exposing FMCGs to significant reputational and financial risks.
Hosts include the members of the CRR Consortium:
For more, please visit chainreactionresearch.com.