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Projects
: Finance and tax

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.

When you are looking for a specific report, we recommend to go to our Portfolio page.

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.
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 public policies in the economic, tax and environmental domains, which could shape or restrain the sustainable transformation of the corporate and financial world, and propose alternative policies.

September 2018

September 10, 2018
Energy Finance in Japan 2018: Funding Climate Change and Nuclear Risk
The objective of this research project is to identify Japanese financial institutions with no record of financial relationships with Japanese companies engaged in coal development, fossil fuel ownership and nuclear power, while profiling those financial institutions (banks, asset managers and insurance companies) with highest exposure to fossil fuels and nuclear power in Japan.

March 2018

March 28, 2018
Banking on Climate Change
This annual fossil fuel finance report card grades banks on their policy commitments regarding extreme fossil fuel financing and calculates their financing for these fuels from 2015 to 2017. Profundo calculated the segment adjusters to weight financial transactions according to a company’s involvement in a given industry and collected project finance data.

February 2018

February 28, 2018
Maybank: The Single Largest Palm Oil Financier
This report for TuK Indonesia, finds that Maybank is the world’s single largest financier of the palm oil sector – it provided 11% of all loans and underwriting to 85 palm oil companies in the period 2010-2016. However, it has no publicly available risk policy for financing the sector. The bank has financial relationships with a large number of controversial palm oil companies that are involved in environmental, social and governance issues. This implication leaves Maybank exposed to significant financial and reputational risks.

July 2017

July 18, 2017
Sustainable Banking Initiatives: Regulators’ Role in Halting Deforestation
Natural forests are under threat of deforestation and forest degradation, leading to significant carbon emissions, loss of biodiversity and livelihoods of indigenous communities, and other adverse sustainability impacts. International financial banking regulation generally does not recognize environmental and social risks including those from deforestation as material risks to financial stability. However, over the past ten years sustainable banking initiatives by national policymakers and regulators have emerged. These initiatives can support the commercial banking sector in mitigating deforestation risk while enabling sustainable economic development. This report describes a framework for sustainable banking initiatives and profiles three pioneers of sustainable banking regulation and implementation.

May 2017

May 1, 2017
The involvement of European insurance groups in the fossil fuels sector
The objective of this research was to map the involvement of 15 major European insurance groups in the fossil fuels sector. This was done by analysing the investments, underwriting activities and policies of each of the selected insurance groups. The results showed that the combined 15 insurance groups have investments with a value of over US$ 130 billion in fossil fuel companies. It also showed that 11 out of the 15 insurance groups are highly involved in the global fossil fuel underwriting sector.
May 3, 2017
Groningen gas: The costs of not keeping it in the ground
The costs of compensating the people in the Dutch Groningen province for the damages incurred because of gas extraction by the NAM, could rise in the coming years to over one billion euros per year. The NAM only reserves a fifth of these potential costs (217 million euros per year) to compensate for earthquake damage in Groningen.

March 2017

March 2, 2017
Case study: Controversial Arms Trade
This study examines whether and to what degree the ten largest insurance groups active in the Netherlands, as selected by the Fair Insurance Guide, invest in companies that are involved in controversial arms trade.

January 2017

January 13, 2017
Raw Materials Mined, Gains Mined
This 11.report is about the financial link that exists between 'Belgian' banks and issues in metal mining.

November 2016

November 18, 2016
Links Between Palm Oil Suppliers and Swiss Financial Institutions
This report provides an overview of financial relationships between selected groups of Swiss financial institutions (FIs) and palm oil producers companies. It builds on earlier research conducted for Brot für alle.

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November 4, 2016
Research for European Parliament - Seafood industry integration in the EU
This study investigated the levels and mechanisms of vertical and horizontal integration in the European seafood industry. This was done through a combination of corporate structure analyses, stakeholder interviews, and econometric analysis.

October 2016

October 5, 2016
Coal Finance Training Manual - How to stop banks’ support for coal projects and coal companies
The objective of this manual is to help coal campaigners understand the different roles and forms of involvement of banks and other financial institutions in the financing of coal mines and coal-fired power plants and to strengthen their ability to effectively engage with, and influence, the activities of banks in the coal sector.

September 2016

September 6, 2016
Forests and Finance
Forests and Finance is a website that aims to highlight the role that finance plays in enabling tropical deforestation. It is the result of extensive research and investigations by a coalition of campaign and research organisations including Rainforest Action Network, TuK INDONESIA, and Profundo.

Website: Forests and Finance

Report: Forests and Finance: Banks; High carbon, Hidden risks

Report: Perbankan Berkelanjutan – Indonesian sustainable banking guide

Aktual (Indonesia): Warga Tiberias Sulsel Dicekam Konflik Agraria

Berita (Indonesia): Bank didapati salur dana berbilion dolar kepada firma pembasmian hutan di Asia Tenggara

Beritagar (Indonesia): Ketika bank salurkan kredit untuk perusahaan perusak lingkungan

Bloomberg: Banks Blanketed in Haze They Helped Finance

Clean Malaysia: Banking on the Death of Forests

CNN Indonesia: Bank Global Dituding Turut Rusak Hutan Asia Tenggara

CNN Indonesia: OJK Janji Kaji Dampak Kredit Bank Terhadap Lingkungan

CNN Indonesia: US$3,89 Miliar Kredit Bank Membawa Malapetaka Bagi Lingkungan

Daily Mail: Banks pump billions into deforestation-linked firms in Southeast Asia - study

Die Vorbänker (Germany): Wie Banken die Entwaldung finanzieren

Eco-Business: Banks pump billions into deforestation-linked firms in Southeast Asia: Study

Female Radio (Indonesia): Bank Global Dituding Ikut Rusak Hutan

Financial Times (United Kingdom): The limits of bank self-regulation in fighting deforestation

GeoTimes (Indonesia): Tiada Asap tanpa Api, Tiada Deforestasi tanpa Investasi

Jakarta Globe (Indonesia): "Banks Pump Billions Into Deforestation-Linked Firms in Southeast Asia: Study

Jakarta Globe (Indonesia): Bank Mandiri Denies Link to Companies Blamed for Forest Fires

Jakarta Globe (Indonesia): Court Rejects RAPP's Plea to Revoke Gov't Reprimand Letter

Jakarta Globe (Indonesia): Malaysian, Indonesian Banks Finance Most Forest Destruction in SE Asia

Japanese and Malaysian banks and investors continue to pump billions of dollars into forest-risk companies, without adequate environmental and social safeguards

Mongabay (Indonesia): OJK Janji Kaji Dampak Kredit Bank Terhadap Lingkungan

Mongabay (Indonesia): Opini: Melindungi Hutan Kita dengan Perbankan Berkelanjutan

Mongabay (Indonesia): Penelitian Temukan Bank-bank Ini Berkontribusi pada Kehancuran Hutan

Mongabay (Indonesia): These banks are pumping billions into Southeast Asia’s deforestation

Netral News (Indonesia): LSM Lingkungan Hidup Desak OJK Koreksi Ban Pembakaran Hutan

New York Times: How Big Banks Are Putting Rain Forests in Peril

RAN, TuK and Profundo: First of its kind online platform reveals the banks and investors financing companies linked to tropical forest loss in Southeast Asia

RAN, TuK en Profundo: Bank policy assessment summary

RAN, TuK en Profundo: Forests and Finance - Briefing

Research Institute for Environmental Finance (Japan): article about Forests & Finance

Reuters: Banks pump billions into deforestation-linked firms in Southeast Asia - study

Straits Times: Big banks putting rainforests in peril, says report

Tabloidjubi (Indonesia): Walhi Papua: Bank harus hati-hati beri pinjaman ke perusahaan

The Epoch Times: Holding Banks Accountable for Funding Deforestation

The Jakarta Post (Indonesia): Tiberias residents seek govt's help to end land dispute

The Jakarta Post: Big banks support firms linked to deforestation

Today (Singapore): Banks pump billions into deforestation-linked firms in South-east Asia: Study

TuK (Indonesia): Maybank: the single largest palm oil financier

TuK (Indonesia): Sime Darby urged to resolve long-standing land rights conflict before stock exchange listing of its plantation division

TuK Indonesia: Warning to financiers of the acquisition of pulp company Eldorado Brasil

Yayasan Merah Putih (Indonesia): Uang anda di bank menghancurkan kehidupan

August 2016

August 23, 2016
Energy Finance in Japan: Funding Climate Change and Nuclear Risk
This research was conducted to identify which Japanese financial institutions are financing the fossil fuel and nuclear power sector in Japan and which financial institutions are not.

July 2016

July 27, 2016
Financing land grabs and deforestation
The report outlines the findings of research into the sources of finance of 40 subsidiaries of 23 large producers and traders of tropical agriculture products, many of them based in Asia.
July 27, 2016
Deforestation Free Funds: Palm Oil
Deforestation Free Funds is a search platform that informs and empowers everyday investors. The website shows you in what kind of palm oil your savings are invested.
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