Sustainable land use – how can investors enable the transition?

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The Global Canopy Programme (GCP) and CDP, in conjunction with Kepler Cheuvreux and the Natural Capital Declaration (NCD), will hold a workshop titled ‘Sustainable land use – how can investors enable the transition?’ 

The continuing loss of the world’s tropical rainforests represents a significant threat to the security of water, food energy, health and the climate for millions worldwide. To be involved in such wholescale erosion of natural capital simply doesn’t make good business sense. 

Banks and investors can directly or indirectly drive deforestation and land conversion through their lending and investment practices, exposing themselves to potentially significant risks. These include regulatory, reputational, legal, operational, and market risks, which in turn could affect the credit risk or market value of the underlying asset.

The primary goal of this workshop is to assist leading financial institutions to engage with client/investee organisations operating in these soft commodity supply chains and develop a consistent set of expectations across all commodities to reduce or limit the chance of clients’ activities significantly impacting on tropical forests.

Participants will discuss the different ways in which leading financial institutions are already engaging with companies in their portfolios. In doing so, the group will highlight current ‘best practices’ that are leading to measurable change in company behaviour whilst also mitigating portfolio risk. 

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