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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.


Quarterly Sustainable Finance Briefing


What WWF does

WWF works with financial institutions (FI) in the debt and equity markets, asset management, and insurance sectors in. We draw on insights from over 50 years of experience with the overall objective 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

Some examples of our work and the companies we work with include: 

  • Several banks and investors including Rabobank (read case study), ANZ, Credit Agricole, ICBC, Banco do Brazil, among many others, have adopted improved sector policies and other approaches to manage risks in palm oil, forestry, soy, aquaculture and other commodity sectors.
  • We advise bodies such as the UNPRI, UNEP FI, The Equator Principles, CERES, SIRAN, and The Banking Environment Initiative (BEI). Our work ranges from helping investors develop frameworks to measure and manage water risks in agro-commodities supply chains, to helping craft a global compact to eliminate tropical deforestation from banking portfolios. Read more further below. 
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Our 2020 Targets

"Mainstream financial institutions understand and benefit from management of environmental and social risk in soft commodities"


How financial institutions can get involved

  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 3th party standards, or using The 2050 Criteria
  3. Create/update your Environmental and Social Risk Policies
  4. Require transparency from your clients in 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.

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WWF is the trusted civil society advisor to the Soft Commodities Compact between the BEI banks and CGF companies. WWF has provided technical guidance and assisted with negotiations leading to the launch of this historic banking commitment on deforestation. WWF is also the only non-bank member of the Implementation Group, which will define good execution of the Compact. Find out more in the impact case "banking on sustainability"
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For the International Finance Corporation, WWF developed GMAP (Global Map of Environmental and Social Risks in Agro-Commodity Production), a robust tool currently used for trade and short-term finance decisions by IFC’s bank partners. The GMAP scores environmental and social risks levels for more than 150 crop-country combinations based on over 70 advanced indicators.

Find out also about how financial institutions are helping to raise standards in critical markets, by attaching sustainability criteria to their lending and investment conditions.  
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WWF is collaborating with the PRI Investors to help them assess and manage water risks in the agro-commodity supply chains of their portfolio companies. We have leveraged 17,000 data combinations from the WWF-DEG Water Risk Filter and the WWF Supply Risk Analysis to help investors identify the riskiest supply chains and develop engagement strategies.

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