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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.

July 2022

July 12, 2022
Toxic bonds
Since January 2016, banks underwrote bonds totalling US$2.7 trillion for coal companies and companies leading oil and gas expansion. Underwriting shares and bonds is now the primary way by which banks are helping many fossil fuel companies raise money, making the banking sector complicit in the climate crisis, despite climate initiatives such as the Net Zero Banking Alliance. However, bonds for fossil fuel companies are not a significant source of revenue for major banks, compared to the outsized reputational risk and impact on the planet. “In other words, fossil fuel companies need banks, but banks don’t need fossil fuel companies.” Profundo contributed the financial data.
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