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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.

December 2021

December 9, 2021
Dutch economic ties with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
For Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant we researched the Dutch economic ties with the World Cup Football in 2022 in Qatar. Since the World Cup was assigned to Qatar in 2010, the small, autocratic country invested heavily in building stadiums and expanding infrastructure (hotels, roads, airports, metro, water, electricity, etc.). Two million workers from Asian and African countries are working on all these projects, with hardly any labour rights, in the scorching heat and under poor safety conditions. Many death and serious injuries have been reported by trade unions and NGOs since 2012. Nevertheless, we found that at least 38 Dutch companies have been supplying goods and services to the stadiums and infrastructure projects in Qatar. ING Bank is strongly financing Qatar National Bank, which in turn finances much of this expansion. And Dutch pension funds are buying sovereign bonds from Qatar, which is annually investing 40% of the state budget in stadiums and infrastructure projects.
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