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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.

December 2021

December 8, 2021
Dutch financing of forest-risk sectors
Profundo and Milieudefensie investigated the financial flows between Dutch financial institutions and companies producing and trading high deforestation-risk commodities: palm oil, beef, pulp and paper, soy, rubber, cocoa and coffee. The Netherlands comes first among the EU member states in financing these commodities. Dutch banks ING, Rabobank and ABN Amro injected 3.1 billion euros in loans into these commodities between 2016 and 2021, two-thirds of which in palm oil and soy. At the end of 2020, pension funds, insurers and banks invested 362 million euros in shares and bonds issued by producers and traders of these commodities, three quarters of which in beef and palm oil.
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