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Aquila appoints consultant relations and ESG head

Ian Williams joins from BNY Mellon, where he served in a similar role for 11 years.

Leonardo DiCaprio part of $3m Series A backing ‘sustainable’ fish

Aqua-Spark, an investment fund focused exclusively on sustainable aquaculture, led the previously announced funding round with a $2.5m investment.

CalPERS outlines ESG policy for PE manager selection

For private equity the Sacramento-based pension plans to screen general partners in consideration of the GP’s written ESG policy.

CDC: A guide to land, food and water rights in emerging markets

As agricultural investment in emerging markets grows, Mark Eckstein, environment and social director at development finance institution CDC, explains why it is vital to plan around ESG issues and how investors should go about it.

Bioenergy market can improve food security – report

Despite worries about competition for land over food and fuel production leading to food security fears, a DOE report says bioenergy and food security can be mutually supportive.

Biomass-based materials offer opportunities for sustainable forestry investors

Though using biomass-based products can be environmentally friendly, investors must monitor supply-chain risk to have a true impact.

UN PRI works on 10-year plan

Signatories attending the UN Principles for Responsible Investment meeting in Paris last week, co-hosted by Ardian, discussed issues including member accountability and diversity.

Benchmark rates food companies on animal welfare

Private equity is lagging on animal welfare issues, but the Business Benchmark for Animal Welfare is keen to get private investors onboard.

Full interview: Jeremy Coller on factory farming

The head of Coller Capital argues investors should see factory farming as a risk like any other.

Change in strategy for Dutch pension means PE firms must disclose fees

PGGM, which is invested in both Black River food funds, allocates approximately €12bn to private equity.

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