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: Responsible investments

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.

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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.

December 2018

December 3, 2018
Worldwide Investments in cluster munitions: a shared responsibility
This is the 9th edition of Worldwide Investments in Cluster Munitions. This report shows that two major US arms producers that featured in the 2017 edition of the report, Textron and Orbital ATK, have declared publicly that they no longer produce any cluster munitions. Orbital ATK even declared publicly that cluster munitions have no place in the arsenal of a modern army. These developments are at least partly the result of the pressure from the financial sector.
December 3, 2018
Insuring Coal No More, The 2018 Scorecard on Insurance, Coal and Climate Change
This report ranks world’s 24 biggest insurers on their policies towards fossil fuel (more specifically on coal), underwriting and investing, and other initiatives to tackle the climate change. In Europe, most major insurers have by now taken action on coal. In the US, none of the nine leading insurers assessed have taken any action on coal. Companies like AIG, Chubb, Liberty Mutual and Berkshire Hathaway continue to underwrite and invest in the industry. Asia-Pacific insurers also continue to insure and invest in coal, although there are the first signs of change

July 2018

July 2, 2018
Draw the Line
Profundo has provided information for the publication Draw the Line. This is a report about shady investments of Dutch banks in palm oil.

June 2018

June 26, 2018
Assessing the response of insurance companies to severe human rights abuses in the extractives sector
This case study ‘Assessing the response of insurance companies to severe human rights abuses in the extractives sector’ evaluates the response of the seven largest insurance groups active in the Netherlands to a selection of ten cases with severe human rights abuses by companies in the extractives sector. Each of the insurance groups is linked with one or more of the selected extractive companies through their investments in shares and bonds of these companies.

May 2018

May 23, 2018
Fair Finance Guide Germany, 2nd update
Using the methodology developed by Profundo together with the civil society organisations collaborating in the Fair Finance Guide International network, the German Fair Finance Guide coalition assessed and ranked the responsible credit and investment policies of the main German banks for the third time. Profundo provided training and advice to support their assessment. Want to learn about Fair Finance Guide? Watch this video: https://youtu.be/zdks3jqmvuw

March 2018

March 30, 2018
Fair Insurance Guide 5th update
Fifth update of the Fair Insurance Guide. In this report the policies of sevenlarge insurance companies in The Netherlands with regard to a.o. climate change, health, nature, human rights and animal welfare have been compared.
March 7, 2018
Don't Bank on the Bomb
Don't Bank on the Bomb provides a detailed overview of the worldwide investments in production, maintenance and modernisation of nuclear weapons. The reports contains a Hall of Shame of financial institutions that invest in nuclear weapons producers. The report also contains a Hall of Fame of financial institutions that do have responsible investments policies with regard to nuclear weapons. Also there is a list of Runners-Up, describing institutions that are improving their policies.

PAX

Report: PAX: Don’t Bank on the Bomb

Website: Weapon Free Funds

Asahi (Japan): Loans to nuclear weapons manufacturers, seven companies in Japan Published ICAN

Avvenire (Italy): La denuncia. Banche e fondi investono sempre più in armi nucleari

BankTrack: New worldwide armed banking database available

Business Insider: Your retirement account probably funds nuclear weapons — here are the top 20 biggest companies and investors

Dagens Næringsliv (Norway): Oljefondet får refs for ikke å ha solgt seg helt ut av atomvåpen-relaterte virksomheter

Daily Mail (United Kingdom): Nobel-winning ICAN condemns surge in nuclear arms investments

Dnevnik (Slovenia): Pokojninski skladi za jedrske bombe

Euronews: More funds spurn nuclear arms, financing still strong - report

Fast Company: These Companies Are Financing The Return Of Nuclear Terror

Frankfurter Allgemeine (Germany): So finanzieren deutsche Banken mit ihren Milliarden die Rüstungskonzerne

Geo (Tuvalu): Nobel-winning ICAN condemns surge in nuclear arms investments

ICAN: We are making big news today

Il Cambiamento (Italiy): Ecco il rapporto 2018 “Don’t bank on the bomb”: sempre più soldi per le armi nucleari

Knack (Belgium): SP.A richt zich tot banken: 'Schrap nu eindelijk investeringen in kernwapens'

Liputan 6 (Indonesia): 20 Perusahaan Top Dunia Ini Disebut Jadi Investor Produsen Senjata Nukl

Neo Magazin Royale mit Jan Böhmermann (ZDF): Spar Wars - Angriff der Fondskrieger

New York Times (Verenigde Staten): More Funds Spurn Nuclear Arms, Financing Still Strong-Report

Newsweek (United States): Trump's threat of nuclear war with North Korea is making a lot of money for these weapon companies

Norsk Folkehjelp (Norway): Investerer i atomvåpen

PAX: Rapport: Nederlandse financiële instellingen als ING investeren nog steeds flink in kernwapens

Puls Biznesu (Poland): Banki inwestują miliardy w firmy produkujące broń jądrową

Pulse (Nigeria): Nobel-winning condemns surge in nuclear arms investments:

Reuters (United States): More funds spurn nuclear arms, financing still strong: report

Shephard Media: ICAN condemns surge in nuclear arms investments

Stuff (New Zealand): Global report calls on the NZ Super Fund to do better on nuclear weapons-makers

Süddeutsche Zeitung (Duitsland): Banken investieren Milliarden in Atomwaffen-Produzenten

Swissinfo (Switzerland): Report criticises banks for investing in nuclear weapons

The Nation: Nuclear Weapons Pose the Ultimate Threat to Mankind

The Nation: Rebuilding the Antinuclear Movement

The National (Scotland): Scots urged to put pressure on institutions funding nuclear arms

The National (Scotland): Stop funding Armageddon – why nuclear investment must end

The New Republic: The Nuclear Industry’s Winners and Losers

US News (United States): More Funds Spurn Nuclear Arms, Financing Still Strong: Report

Yahoo News (Australia): Nobel-winning ICAN condemns surge in nuclear arms investments

February 2018

February 28, 2018
Fair Bank Guide Netherlands: Risking Animal Welfare
In the period 2012-2017, Dutch banks have invested EUR 8,8 billion in the world’s biggest companies in the chicken and pork industry. To varying degrees, these companies cause or are directly linked to animal welfare infringements on a massive scale. Profundo has written this report for the Dutch Fair Bank Guide.

May 2017

May 30, 2017
Deforestation and land grabbing in the palm oil sector - A Fair Insurance Guide case study
This report examines whether and to what degree the ten largest insurance groups active in the Netherlands, as selected by the Fair Insurance Guide, implement their responsible investment policies in relation to their investments in ten palm oil companies. The aim of the Fair Insurance Guide is to encourage corporate social responsibility by insurance groups. Also it aims to enables consumers of insurance products to make more well-informed decisions where to take out their (life)-insurance.

December 2016

December 21, 2016
Fair Bank Guide Netherlands, 16th update
The Fair Bank Guide is a consumer's tool. More and more consumers consider it of great importance that their bank invests in a sustainable way. The Fair Bank Guide website (www.eerlijkebankwijzer.nl) tries to involve consumers in realising the Fair Bank Guide's goals.
December 8, 2016
Don't Bank on the Bomb
Don't Bank on the Bomb provides a detailed overview of the worldwide investments in production, maintenance and modernisation of nuclear weapons. The reports contains a Hall of Shame of financial institutions that invest in nuclear weapons producers. The report also contains a Hall of Fame of financial institutions that do have responsible investments policies with regard to nuclear weapons. Also there is a list of Runners-Up, describing institutions that are improving their policies.

PAX

ICAN

Website: Don't Bank on the Bomb

Report: PAX: Don't Bank on the Bomb

20 Min (Switzerland): «Schlecht, dass UBS von Rüstungsfirmen profitiert»

Announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize 2017

BBC: Nobel peace prize; Ican award sends nuclear message

Don't Bank on the Bomb: Nobel Foundation to divest from nuclear weapon producers

Entwicklungspolitikk online (Epo) (Germany): Bericht über Banken und Atomwaffen

Financial Times: Europe’s largest pension fund to drop tobacco and nuclear weapons investments

Hispan TV (Spain): ‘BBVA deja a familias sin casa financiando armas nucleares’

I&P Europe: Europe's biggest pension fund to cut €3.3bn of tobacco, nuclear assets

ICAN: Breaking! We just banned nuclear weapons

ICAN: Nobel Peace Prize 2017!

InfoLibre (Spain): Acciona, BBVA, Sabadell, Santander y la SEPI se lucran con la fabricación de armas nucleares

Italia Oggi (Italy): In tre anni le banche hanno investito indirettamente quasi 500 mld di $ nell'industria delle armi nucleari

L'Echo (Belgium): Des millions d'euros investis par nos banques dans l'armement

La Capitale (Belgium): Les banques ING, BNP et KBC ont investi des millions d'euros dans les armes nucléaires

Le Soir (Belgium): Les banques ont investi 498 milliards de dollars dans les armes nucléaires

Money Management (Australia): Super funds more supportive of non-proliferation

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NY Times: Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Group Opposing Nuclear Weapons

Publico (Spain): Cuatro bancos y la SEPI invirtieron 6.500 millones de euros en empresas que producen armas nucleares

Radio Utopie (Germany): Studie: Milliarden für Atomwaffen

Reuters: UPDATE 2-Dutch ABP pension fund to pull investments in tobacco, nuclear arms makers

Willilam Hartung: Nuclear Weapons: Who Pays, Who Profits?

November 2016

November 17, 2016
Fair Insurance Guide 4th update
Fourth update of the Fair Insurance Guide. In this report the policies of ten large insurance companies in The Netherlands with regard to a.o. climate change, health, nature, human rights and animal welfare have been compared.
November 16, 2016
Fair Finance Guide Sweden, 2nd update
Using the methodology developed by Profundo together with the civil society organisations collaborating in the Fair Finance Guide International network, the Swedish Fair Finance Guide coalition assessed and ranked the responsible credit and investment policies of the main Swedish banks for the third time. Profundo provided training and advice to support their assessment. Want to learn about Fair Finance Guide? Watch this video: https://youtu.be/zdks3jqmvuw
November 7, 2016
Our future in their plans
This research looked at the progress of five banks and 10 asset management companies regarding climate-relevant policies. These financial institutions each received a grade for their performance.
November 16, 2016
Fair Finance Guide Norway
Using the methodology developed by Profundo together with the civil society organisations collaborating in the Fair Finance Guide International network, the Norwegian Fair Finance Guide coalition assessed and ranked the responsible credit and investment policies of the main Norwegian banks. Profundo provided training and advice to support their assessment. Want to learn about Fair Finance Guide? Watch this video: https://youtu.be/zdks3jqmvuwg
November 15, 2016
Fair Finance Guide Germany, 1st update
Using the methodology developed by Profundo together with the civil society organisations collaborating in the Fair Finance Guide International network, the German Fair Finance Guide coalition assessed and ranked the responsible credit and investment policies of the main German banks for the second time. Profundo provided training and advice to support their assessment. Want to learn about Fair Finance Guide? Watch this video: https://youtu.be/zdks3jqmvuw
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