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For private equity the Sacramento-based pension plans to screen general partners in consideration of the GP’s written ESG policy.
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.
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.
Though using biomass-based products can be environmentally friendly, investors must monitor supply-chain risk to have a true impact.
Signatories attending the UN Principles for Responsible Investment meeting in Paris last week, co-hosted by Ardian, discussed issues including member accountability and diversity.
Private equity is lagging on animal welfare issues, but the Business Benchmark for Animal Welfare is keen to get private investors onboard.
The head of Coller Capital argues investors should see factory farming as a risk like any other.
PGGM, which is invested in both Black River food funds, allocates approximately €12bn to private equity.
CDC’s recent ESG toolkit for fund managers is a helpful guide for agri investors as the sector scales and sensitivities abound.
GPs and LPs broadly agree some standardisation is required.

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