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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.

September 2020

September 1, 2020
Forests & Finance financing update and expansion
Forests and Finance is a coalition that works on addressing the role that finance plays in enabling tropical deforestation, focussing initially on Southeast Asia. The website maintains a publicly searchable database, functioning as a transparency tool by providing CSOs and journalists a deep insight into financiers that are supporting deforestation-risk commodity companies. The financing data for the companies on the Forests & Finance website was updated, and deforestation-risk companies active in Brazil and the Congo basin were added.

Report: Chinese banks’ forest-risk financing: Financial flows and client risks (pdf)

Website: Forests & Finance

Report: Forests & Finance: Is Your Money Destroying Rainforests or Violating Rights? (pdf)

Report: Global Witness: Under the Spotlight - Chinese Banks' Risky Agribusiness Portfolio

Report: Soft Commitments,Hard Lessons: an analysis of the Soft Commodities Compact (pdf)

Report: 中国银行业森林风险投资 资金流量与客户风险

(O)eco: Operações em paraísos fiscais engordam cofre de frigoríficos em R$ 49 bilhões

Ambiencia: Banco do Brasil é o maior credor de setores que desmatam no país, diz estudo

Askara: Perbankan Dunia dan Kesengajaan Pembakaran Hutan

Associated Press News: Palm oil labor abuses linked to world’s top brands, banks

BankTrack: Beefing up risk: the exposure of JBS’ financiers to financial, regulatory and reputational risks

BankTrack: China is world’s second largest financier of deforestation-linked commodities

Banktrack: Global climate groups issue guidance to finance giants on aligning with Paris Agreement goals

Banktrack: Global Witness, BankTrack and 19 other civil society organisations call on UK government not to leave finance out of a proposed new law on deforestation

BankTrack: Six years of the Soft Commodities Compact failed to slow bank finance for deforestation

Berita Sawit: Korporasi dan Bank Negara Dorong Karhutla di Indonesia

Betahita: F&F Buka Data Bank dan Investor Pendorong Deforestasi

Bloomberg Quint: Banks Direct $154 Billion to Firms Responsible for Deforestation

Business AM: ‘Chinese banken zijn massaal financier van wereldwijde kaalkap’

Carbon Brief: China Briefing, 10 June 2021: Energy ‘pre-warning’ system; Chinese banks ‘fund’ deforestation; Coal price cap

China dialogue: Op-ed: Reducing the forest footprint of Chinese soft-commodity financing

China Dialogue: 中国金融界应主动规避海外投融资的“森林风险”

ClimaInfo: Bancos injetaram mais de US$ 150 bilhões em empresas ligadas ao desmatamento desde o Acordo de Paris

Criptonizando: Banco do Brasil é o maior credor de setores que desmatam no país, revela estudo

De Standaard: Peking strooit met geld voor ontbossers

Dutch House of Representatives: Answers to parliamentary questions from 15 NGOs, including Profundo, on the major law change passed by the Indonesian parliament.

Eco Business: Banks responsible for continuing deforestation in Southeast Asia

Eco-Business: Opinion: Reducing the forest footprint of Chinese soft-commodity financing

European Data Journalism Network: EU banks are funding an illegal palm oil bonanza in the “Wild East”

Exame: Critérios para crédito devem contribuir com o combate ao desmatamento

Expresso: Desflorestação. Pode um banco fazer mal a uma árvore?

Financial Times: Chinese banks accused of funding deforestation around the world

Folha de S. Paulo: Bancos chineses são acusados de financiar desmatamento em todo o mundo

Folha de S. Paulo: Fundo escandinavo exclui Cargill, Bunge e ADM por desmatamento no Brasil

Forests & Finance: Banks Funnelled Over USD 150 Billion Into Companies Driving Deforestation Since Paris Agreement, New Data Analyses Shows

FT Chinese: 中资银行被指资助境外森林砍伐

Global Ethical Banking: Indonesia Moves to Next Phase of Sustainable Finance Roadmap

Global Trade Review: China’s banks urged to stop funding global deforestation

Global Witness: Open letter: Don't leave finance out of a future law on imported deforestation

Green Prophet: Is your bank funding fires in the Amazon?

Greeners: Bank Negara di Balik Karhutla

Het Financiële Dagblad: De trieste oogst van de oliepalm

Hijauku: Bank Kucurkan $154 Miliar untuk Perusahaan Perusak Hutan

Info Sawit: 50 Bank dan Investor di Dunia Dorong Deforestasi Melalui Investasi Besar

Journal de l'environment: Déforestation: les banques mises en cause

Kabar Pulau: Bank dan Investor Besar Ikut Dorong Deforestasi Hutan Tropis

Klikbulukumba: Mengurangi jejak hutan dari pendanaan komoditas lunak tiongkok

Kommersant: Китайские банки стали вторыми в мире по спонсированию вырубки лесов

Kompas: Pendanaan Berkelanjutan Terus Didorong

KRO/NCRV Pointer: Hoe Nederlands pensioengeld betrokken is bij illegale veehandel en ontbossing Amazone

Le Soir: Environnement: les banques investissent de plus en plus dans la déforestation

Liberty Times Net: 對抗氣候變遷光說不練? 中資銀行被控資助雨林濫伐

Malaysiakini: PNB, EPF, Kwap, Felda named top investors of ‘forest-risk’ firms

Marianne: BNP Paribas, Crédit agricole, BPCE Group... Des banques françaises financent la déforestation en Amazonie

Mongabay: $154b in capital has gone to 300 forest-risk companies since the Paris Agreement

Mongabay: Behind the buzz of ESG investing, a focus on tech giants and no regulation

Mongabay: BlackRock’s $400m stake in Amazon meatpackers defies sustainability cred

Mongabay: Chinese banks pouring billions into deforestation-linked firms, report says

Mongabay: Debt deal with deforester BrasilAgro puts UBS’s green commitment in question

Mongabay: How Morgan Stanley is linked to deforestation in the Amazon

Mongabay: Investigation: Dutch, Japanese pension funds pay for Amazon deforestation

Morningstar: Investors Have Tools to Combat Global Deforestation

MSN: Bancos investem pesado em empresas ligadas a desmate desde Acordo de Paris

Novethic Essentiel: Forests and Finance veut stopper la déforestation en asséchant ses financements

NRC: Opinie: De duivel die je kent

O Eco: Bancos injetaram R$ 235 bilhões em frigoríficos desmatadores desde o Acordo de Paris

O eco: Com R$ 2,2 bi, BlackRock tem bala de prata para frigoríficos que desmatam Amazônia

Oeco: Por aposentadoria, médicos e professores estrangeiros alimentam destruição da Amazônia Vorwürfe gegen chinesische Banken

Portal veg: Frigoríficos receberam R$ 235 bilhões de bancos em quatro anos

Rebublik: Brandherd mit Dividende

Repórter Brasil: BB e BNDES são os bancos que mais financiam setores que desmatam, mostra estudo internacional

Repórter Brasil: Como a Morgan Stanley está ligada ao desmatamento na Amazônia

Repórter Brasil: Monitor #7: "A grana que alimenta o boi”

Repórter Brasil: Monitor #7: "The Money that feeds the Cattle"

Revista Planeta: Bancos investem pesado em empresas ligadas a desmate desde Acordo de Paris

RTS: Audio: Les forêts tropicales attirent toujours plus d'investisseurs, dénoncent des ONG

The Business Times: Banks direct US$154b to firms responsible for deforestation

The Guardian: Chinese banks urged to divest from firms linked to deforestation

The Guardian: UK banks’ support for deforestation firms topped £900m last year

The Jakarta Post: Banks contribute to deforestation, land degradation: Report

Valori: Come la finanza cinese sostiene la deforestazione nel mondo

Villagerspost: Korporasie dan bank negara ikut bertangung jawab mendorong karhutla di Indonesia

Warta Jakarta: BRI dan BNI Sebagai Penyandang Dana Perusahaan Yang Membakar Hutan dan Lahan di Indonesia

WE Demain: Les 5 conseils de Julien Vidal pour redonner du pouvoir à votre argent

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