We are a non-profit research and engagement group whose mission is to promote sustainable practices in Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry. We do this by monitoring and engaging with both companies and investment funds that are active in these 3 industries. Our 20-years experience with alternative assets, and our passion for the environment, led us to make this contribution towards sustainability with renewable resources. Our first report will be published in September.
Investors have been adding exposure to environmental assets in recent years. Agriculture, forestry and fishing are the industries that manage our largest renewable resources. Natural Capital - the source of wealth for much of the global economy - has been undervalued for so long, it is no wonder that investors are waking up to the opportunity. The wake-up call was given by climate change and resource scarcity. How well have the major companies and fund managers been protecting our natural capital? This is the question we attempt to answer with independent sustainability ratings. From public to private companies and funds, we consider both the financial and ESG merits for investors. We are independently funded, so we have no conflicts of interest with any company or fund manager. We hope you will find our service useful in the hunt for investments that are good for both the planet and your portfolio.
D. Michael Adams
Farmland Investment Buzz
By D. Michael Adams
Sometimes it's a "sell" signal when an investment trend is taken up by the mainstream press. Joe Kennedy Sr. famously sold all stocks on the eve of the 1929 crash when his shoe-shine man enthused over the stock market. We are far from that point on farmland, but it has been increasingly embraced by the mainstream press. The trickle that started in 2009, when farmland and other real assets sailed through much of the capital markets crisis has deepened to a steady stream of interest...
How Investors can have an Impact Beyond Divestment
NAI interviews Jakob Thoma of 2 Degrees Investing Initiative. See Commentary.
Let's Limit Uncertainty by Climate-friendly Ocean Investing
By D. Michael Adams
A major report just published in Nature describes the range of changes to biodiversity that will be wrought by increased shifts in ocean current systems. These are dramatic changes, especially at higher latitudes. Some effects - like upwelling of cold, nutrient-rich water - may increase productivity of some fisheries. But others - like the development of warm, low-oxygen layers - may be catastrophic...
Advancing Natural Capital in Finance
By Ivo Mulder, UNEP & Co-Founder of the Natural Capital Declaration
Why Investing in Agriculture is not a Lottery
By Mark Sadler, The World Bank
Marine Aquaculture: A Promising Future
By NOAA Fisheries
By Mikael Karlssoon at TedX Gotenberg