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Projects

To illustrate our broad expertise, covering many different economic sectors, commodities, sustainability themes and countries, this page gives an overview of the different projects executed by Profundo over the years. In the menu, you can filter the projects by thematic area. Each project is described briefly and where available the project portfolio - such as reports, brochures or presentations - is provided. Attention is also given to the exposure generated by the project in the media, in politics and elsewhere.

 

We analyse the financial parameters of companies and assess how companies and their financiers could be affected in different scenarios by Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risks related to deforestation, climate change emissions, human rights abuses, resource depletion, health impacts and other sustainability issues.
We analyse the various human rights and other sustainability risks in international commodity supply chains and identify what different stakeholders can do to foster sustainable development of value chains in agriculture, forestry, livestock, energy, fisheries and mineral sectors.
We analyse how companies are financed by banks, shareholders and others financiers, to assess what financiers could do to foster sustainable corporate practices. Also, we dig into ownership structures and the schemes companies have set up to minimise tax payments.
We assess and benchmark responsible investment and credit policies of banks and investors and we advise on how policies can be improved and implemented through screening, voting, engagement and exclusion strategies.

October 2021

October 13, 2021
French investments in government bonds of developing countries
This research identified the role played by French financial institutions in underwriting and investing in sovereign bonds issued by low-income and selected middle-income countries, with a particular focus on Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire.
October 7, 2021
2021 Global Coal Exit List: 1000 companies driving the world towards climate chaos
Profundo cooperated in providing data for the Global Coal Exit List (GCEL). The list was devised to help financial institutions navigate the complicated landscape of coal-based business models. It offers key statistics on over 1,000 parent companies and around 1,800 subsidiaries operating along the thermal coal value chain. The list shows that of the world's 1030 coal companies, only 32 have a Paris-aligned exit date.
October 13, 2021
The EU Green Deal: How will it affect my business?
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? This research gives an update on the policies changes and the obstacles and opportunities it will bring.
October 4, 2021
200 new and updated policy analyses of the main financiers (banks and investors) worldwide investing in deforestation-risk commodities
Profundo has again analyzed policies of 150 banks and investors regarding risks of deforestation.

September 2021

September 30, 2021
Climate change commitments of financial institutions active in the Netherlands: A case study for Fair Finance Guide Netherlands
This report is the first part of a case study for the Eerlijke Geldwijzer (Dutch Fair Finance Guide) on how financial institutions active in the Netherlands deal with climate change. The report makes an assessment of the commitments, policies, strategies, and action plans that financial institutions operating in the Netherlands have developed to deal with their responsibility to limit climate change. This study shows that, overall, the financial institutions should take more steps to combat this challenge.
September 26, 2021
Update of financial data Forests & Finance
Forests & Finance assesses the finance received by over 300 companies directly involved in the beef, soy, palm oil, pulp and paper, rubber and timber supply chains, whose operations may impact natural tropical forests and the communities that rely on them in Southeast Asia, Central and West Africa, and parts of South America. Profundo has updated the financing data for these companies.
September 24, 2021
The European Green Deal: How will it impact my business?
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? This report informs exporting SMEs from developing countries about the European Green Deal, its purpose, to help them prepare for the upcoming policies, actions and requirements from European importers resulting from the EU Green deal.
September 29, 2021
Exposing the financial flows into illegal Israeli settlements
Profundo carried out research commissioned by Don't Buy Into Occupation (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.

Report: Exposing the financial flows into illegal Israeli settlements

BankTrack: New report exposes billions in European financial support to companies in illegal Israeli settlements

De Tijd: Europese financiële instellingen ondersteunen bedrijven in Palestijns bezet gebied

El Pais: Cientos de bancos europeos financian negocios en los asentamientos israelíes en Cisjordania

France24: Report lists 670 European firms with links to Israel settlements

GWN: More than 670 European financial institutions involved in Israeli settlements – RT en français

HLN: Europese financiële instellingen ondersteunen bedrijven in Palestijns bezet gebied

Knack: 'Ontoelaatbaar': Belgische financiële instellingen ondersteunen bedrijven in Palestijns bezet gebied

La Libre: KBC, ING, Solvay... Plusieurs institutions belges pointées du doigt pour leurs liens avec des colonies israéliennes

Le Soir: BNP Paribas, KBC, Argenta et Solvay cités pour leur implication dans les colonies israéliennes illégales

Middele East Eye: Nearly 700 European financial firms backing businesses involved in Israeli settlements

Middle East Monitor: $141bn in European investments in companies active in illegal settlements

Nieuwsblad: “Belgische instellingen ondersteunen bedrijven in Palestijns bezet gebied”

NPO: NOS Radio 1 Journaal

NRC: ING en ABP indirect betrokken bij miljardeninvesteringen in Israëlische nederzettingen

RTBF: Des sociétés belges épinglées pour leurs liens avec des colonies israéliennes

Trouw: Rapport: ING en ABP indirect betrokken bij Israëlische nederzettingen

VRT: Nieuw rapport: "Honderden Europese financiële instellingen ondersteunen bedrijven in Palestijns bezet gebied"

Wafa: New report exposes billions in European financial support to companies in illegal Israeli settlements

September 24, 2021
DRILL, BABY, DRILL: How banks, investors and insurers are driving oil and gas expansion in the Arctic
Profundo contributed to the report with its financial research. The fragility and importance of the Arctic is widely known: accordingly, many players, particularly in the finance world, have pledged to protect the Arctic. And yet, our report reveals that there are no robust plans and no financial exclusion policies to stop the oil and gas industry from drilling its way through the Arctic. Banks and investors channeled hundreds of billions of dollars to the leading companies developing new oil and gas projects in the Arctic.

Report: DRILL, BABY, DRILL How banks, investors and insurers are driving oil and gas expansion in the Arctic

20 Minutes: Réchauffement climatique : Plusieurs acteurs financiers français épinglés pour leur soutien aux forages pétro-gaziers dans l’Arctique

Arcinfo: Des banques suisses financent des projets pétro-gaziers en Arctique

Blick: Les banques suisses financent des projets pétro-gaziers en Arctique

France Inter: "Bombe climatique" : le monde de la finance continue de soutenir les projets pétro-gaziers en Arctique

Le Courrier: Les banques investissent encore en Arctique.

Le Monde: Arctique : comment les acteurs financiers soutiennent l’expansion pétrolière et gazière et alimentent la crise climatique

Le Temps: UBS et Credit Suisse épinglés dans un rapport sur l’expansion pétrolière et gazière en Arctique

Les Echos: L'exploitation du pétrole et du gaz en Arctique pointée du doigt.

Markets Insider: Arctic Oil Is Booming Despite Strong Opposition

Ouest France: Réchauffement climatique : l’Arctique pompé par l’industrie gazière

RFJ: Les banques suisses financent des projets pétro-gaziers en Arctique

RTS: Une ONG dénonce le financement des projets pétro-gaziers en Arctique

Swissinfo: Les banques suisses financent des projets pétro-gaziers en Arctique

Teller Report: Reclaim Finance denounces the exploitation of oil and gas in the Arctic

Usine Nouvelle: En pleine crise climatique, les politiques des banques sur l’exploitation pétrolière et gazière en Arctique restent trop laxistes

Yahoo Finance: Arctic Oil Is Booming Despite Strong Opposition

August 2021

August 31, 2021
Several Large Indonesian Palm Oil Companies Also Have Risky Mining Businesses
Indonesia is among the world’s largest mining countries. It is also a country of conglomerate companies with interests in various businesses, including deforestation-related sectors such as oil palm, industrial trees and mining. This report shows there is a substantial overlap in company groups conducting mining and/or palm oil businesses that come with large environmental and social risks.
August 11, 2021
Fossil fuel financing in Canada: Financial flows & bank balance sheet impacts
This research seeks to identify and quantify financial flows from six Canadian banks to the fossil fuel sector since the Paris Climate Agreement was signed in December 2015. It also evaluates the financial impact on the six banks from their exposure to fossil fuels in a scenario where the world successfully limits global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, with a resulting loss in value for fossil fuel assets.

July 2021

July 28, 2021
Boosting Asylum in Spain – Making the Most out of AMIF Funding
This policy note points out the key investments that should be made in Spain to ensure compliance with the asylum acquis. It includes specific recommendations for the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF).
July 20, 2021
Human rights scrutiny of public funds for migration and asylum
The first section of this document explains the strong relationship between budget allocations and the realisation of human rights. It also summarises recent policy developments that offer strong opportunities for the involvement of NHRIs. The second section suggests four types of activities that NHRIs could implement to ensure that governments take human rights into consideration when allocating public funds for migration and asylum for the coming years. The third section directly responds to four perceived challenges that could hold NHRIs back from working on this issue. The last section highlights the special role that ENNHRI can play to support its members in this area.
July 27, 2021
Fossil fuel financing in Canada: Financial flows & balance sheet impacts
This research seeks to identify and quantify financial flows from six Canadian banks to the fossil fuel sector since the Paris Climate Agreement was signed in December 2015. It also evaluates the financial impact on the six banks from their exposure to fossil fuels in a scenario where the world successfully limits global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, with a resulting loss in value for fossil fuel assets.
July 19, 2021
Training and technical support for Lithuanian Consumers Alliance
Profundo has trained and supported the Lithuanian Consumers Alliance in assessing Lithuanian banks on their sustainability policies, using the Fair Finance Guide (FFG) methodology.
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