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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.

August 2020

August 26, 2020
Dutch financial institutions funding destruction of the Amazon and the Cerrado-savannah
In this research project commissioned by the Eerlijke Geldwijzer in collaboration with Both ENDS and Hivos, Profundo investigated the financial involvement of 21 financial institutions (banking groups, insurance companies and pension funds) active on the Dutch market in companies which run the risk of being directly or indirectly (through their supply chains) involved in deforestation in the Amazon and Cerrado regions in South America. A total of 59 companies active in Brazil, China and Europe were selected, which are directly involved in soy farming or cattle ranching in the respective regions, or which play a significant role in the domestic or international soy and beef supply chains. Subsequently, the policies and actions (screening, engagement, voting, clauses in contracts, divestments and collective initiatives) of financial institutions involved in financing the international soy and beef supply chains were assessed, to determine to what extent they ensure they do not finance or invest in companies which are directly or indirectly involved in deforestation and related issues.
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