Agriculture and food

October 2021

September 2021

September 26, 2021
Update of financial data Forests & Finance
Forests & Finance assesses the finance received by over 300 companies directly involved in the beef, soy, palm oil, pulp and paper, rubber and timber supply chains, whose operations may impact natural tropical forests and the communities that rely on them in Southeast Asia, Central and West Africa, and parts of South America. Profundo has updated the financing data for these companies.

August 2021

August 31, 2021
Several Large Indonesian Palm Oil Companies Also Have Risky Mining Businesses
Indonesia is among the world’s largest mining countries. It is also a country of conglomerate companies with interests in various businesses, including deforestation-related sectors such as oil palm, industrial trees and mining. This report shows there is a substantial overlap in company groups conducting mining and/or palm oil businesses that come with large environmental and social risks.

June 2021

June 23, 2021
The Sugarcane Value Chain in Latin America and Asia: Main Actors, Market Mechanisms, Labour Issues and Opportunities
This research project aims to inform the strategic development of the new CNV Internationaal programme and on developing lobby activities in its current programme in relation to the sugar sector, by identifying market dynamics, key actors, financiers, price setting, and social and environmental issues in a selection of producing countries. Geographically, the research focusses on five in Latin American countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Peru) and three countries in Asia (Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam).
June 22, 2021
FMCGs, Retail Earn 66% of Gross Profits in Palm Oil Value Chain
The palm oil value chain contains a number of stakeholder groups, such as smallholders, large plantations, refineries, the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry, the oleochemical and pharmaceutical industry, and the retail and food service sector. In every step of the chain, palm oil is further processed or is embedded in products which contain other ingredients, like hazelnut pasta or shampoo. Transparency on the distribution of financial benefits producing and processing palm oil is crucial. Transparency could enable stakeholders' discussions on the fairness of costs and expenses related to ESG and zero-deforestation policies, the cost of re-forestation/restoration, monitoring, and verification.
June 22, 2021
Not in This Together: How supermarkets became pandemic winners while women workers are losing out
For this Oxfam report, Profundo analyzed key financial information for the 16 listed and privately owned supermarkets that are the focus of Oxfam's Behind the Barcodes/Prices campaign across the four consumer countries (Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the US), with the objective of understanding how COVID-19 affected the financial performance and shareholder payouts of global supermarkets.

May 2021

May 21, 2021
Financing less meat and more plants: A case study on the crucial role Dutch banks can play in the protein transition
This report, commissioned by the Dutch Fair Bank Guide, investigates the role that banks can play in the transition towards a food system less dependent on animal protein and more based on plant-based and alternative sources of protein. It draws on the recent literature and expert interviews to identify key possibilities and barriers, as well as the steps that banks could take to advance the protein transition.
May 12, 2021
The role of Brazilian meatpackers in deforestation
This analysis supports Global Strategic Climate Communications’s digital and media campaign to influence the main meatpackers (JBS, Marfrig and Minerva) during Brazil’s summer fire season to adopt stronger policies to reduce forest destruction in the Amazon.
May 7, 2021
Oil Palm Expansion in Peninsular Malaysia Is Guided by Non-Transparency
Malaysia is the world’s second largest palm oil producer, after Indonesia. Peninsular Malaysia accounts for more than 12 percent of world production and produces approximately half of Malaysia’s palm oil. It also hosts a large number of forests rich in biodiversity and large carbon stock. How are Peninsular Malaysia’s forests protected from more deforestation for oil palm? What more can main corporate players in the palm oil supply chain do to stop deforestation? This report sheds a light on deforestation monitoring in Peninsular Malaysia.
May 5, 2021
Sector analysis Latin American Palm Oil
Research about the feasibility of developing successful partnerships in the region to improve working conditions and labour rights in the palm oil sector.
May 16, 2021
The role of the financial sector in making the food system more sustainable
In this project Profundo supported PBL to research the role of financial institutions in making the Dutch food system more sustainable.
May 10, 2021
Chinese banks financing deforestation-risk sectors
This report provides an overview of the financing of companies engaged in six deforestation-risk commodities in three forest-rich regions by Chinese financial institutions as covered by Forests & Finance. It highlights the risks that the largest clients are still exposed to, and recommends concrete actions to mitigate those risks and improve corporate practice on the ground.
May 5, 2021
Labour rights in the Latin American palm oil sector
This project maps the palm oil supply chains in Latin America, with a particular focus on the countries where CNV Internationaal has established partnerships with trade union organisations and where there is leverage potential for improving the labour rights situation of workers in the palm oil sector and related global supply chains.
May 4, 2021
Evaluation of the impact of Global Alliance for Inproved Nutrition (GAIN) on nutrition
The objective of this assignment was to ascertain whether the Global Alliance for Inproved Nutrition (GAIN) is uniquely equipped to support food chain actors in contributing to nutrition outcomes to justify for a direct grant by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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