Commodities finance

Commercial capital flows both depend on and shape the world's commodity markets.

Yet we face an extraordinary challenge.

Over the next 40 years, land, energy, water, and weather constraints will place unprecedented pressure on mankind’s ability to access our most basic goods – food, fuel and fiber.

The financial sector will face a new set of material and reputational risks, as well as opportunities, as the economy and society adjust.

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A new WWF report, "Sustainable finance in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia:  A review of financiers´ESG practices, disclosure standards and regulations", finds an alarming gap between regional ASEAN financial institutions and the environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards adopted by their international counterparts.

The report focuses on the extent to which these capital providers are considering sustainability in their financing and investment activities, and the adequacy of sustainability reporting requirements in light of existing disclosure levels on material environmental and social issues. It explains how banks in their roles as lenders, capital raising agents and financial advisors can take ESG through--and beyond--reputation and risk management, and embrace positive transformative change with bottom line benefits.

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Another new report "Private Equity and Emerging Markets Agribusiness: Building Value Through Sustainability" delivers market insights and sustainability guidance to private equity investors seeking opportunities in emerging markets agribusiness. It highlights environmental and social value drivers and risks when investing in emerging markets agribusiness and makes valuable recommendations to fund managers on implementing an effective Environmental and Social Management System both for themselves and their portfolio companies. 

The report is a collaboration among five organisations with wide-ranging experience in this area, including CDC, Credit Suisse, EMPEA, IFC and WWF. 

► Download report (PDF )


WWF about what standards systems can do to scale up, measure their impacts, innovate and remain credible.

What WWF does

WWF works with financial institutions in the debt and equity markets, asset management, and insurance sectors. We draw on insights from over 50 years of experience, more than 70 commodity experts, 70 country offices, and partnerships with dozens of multi-national food, agri-, and consumer goods companies, in order to deliver:
  • Improved risk management, capacity, and financial performance in high-impact sectors
  • Insights and data on key global trends
  • Innovation breakthroughs in sustainable financial products

Real outcomes


Our 2020 Target

Mainstream financial institutions understand and benefit from management of environmental and social risk in soft commodities
Where we work
WWF has staff with expertise in the sustainable financing of commodities in:
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Coastal East Africa
  • EU
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Peru
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • UK
  • US


Tackle your portfolio’s biggest source of climate, water, and biodiversity loss risks through a mainstream approach:
  1. Assess exposure to the principal drivers of tropical deforestation – palm oil, forest products, soy, and beef
  2. Request verified good practice, ideally through credible 3rd party standards, or using The 2050 Criteria
  3. Create or update your Environmental and Social Risk Policies
  4. Require transparency from your clients in these soft commodity supply chains
  5. Engage weak actors in your portfolio to adopt responsible practices
Through these simple steps, one can support the global transition to “zero net deforestation", reducing emissions up to 20%, while enhancing client performance.


Watch WWF’s Jason Clay explain how if just 100 key companies go sustainable, global markets will shift to protect the planet our consumption has already outgrown.
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