Eye-opening insights into financing sustainable agriculture

The world of finance is rapidly waking up to the fact that the tried-and-tested methods for calculating value have significant shortcomings. The models we have, work well when determining financial value, but are not great at incorporating environmental and social factors – which we need in order to calculate ”integrated value”. This is a story of how a group of ten students from the RSM Honours Programme studied one of society’s most pressing problems – the sustainability of our agricultural sector – and what banks can learn from the insights they generated.

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A big LEAP towards a nature positive future

The natural world provides the foundation for business activities across virtually all sectors of the economy, underpinning an estimated $44 trillion of global output, according to the World Economic Forum. Nature also gives us food and other raw materials, protects communities from storms and other hazards, and plays a central role in the regulation of the climate.

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The catalyst effect of the finance function on decarbonization

Since carbon tax been officially announced, Dutch companies need to act. The tax will significantly impact the competitive environment, and at the same time offer new opportunities for purpose-led organizations. Because, as has become clear during this COVID-19 crisis, sustainable companies are outperforming their traditional ‘make-take-waste’ peer companies. In this article, we will explore how internal carbon pricing will accelerate a low-carbon future.

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Green bonds, Sustainable or not?

Investing in green bonds is becoming increasingly popular. The amount of specialized investments funds is growing exponentially and new green bonds are mostly heavily oversubscribed. As also seen with the first Dutch green government bond. Also we are enthusiastic about Green bonds, but are also cautious about the potential outgrowth.

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The link between sustainability and tax will need to be stronger

Companies all across the world are contemplating on how sustainability affects them and how they can contribute to achieving the climate goals. Helene Geijtenbeek and Patrick van Min, Tax Partners at Deloitte, see that their clients are absolutely willing to take action. And yet, they do not make the connection with tax, or do not do so enough.

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Connect to Deliver: Making Sustainability Work in Financial Services

The first FSI Sustainability Round Table gathered leaders from across the financial services sector to work together towards creating a sustainable future. The key takeaways? Link ESG goals to your core strategy, start with your biggest challenges, solve them and share your story. Deloitte facilitators Vanessa Otto-Mentz and Hesse McKechnie reflect on the lessons learned and the inspiration that got us here.

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Future of Food: grants, incentives and opportunities

There is no doubt that the agri-food sector is a shining example when it comes to innovation and productivity. However, that doesn’t shield the sector from the major challenges, such as the increasing growth in food demand, the need to produce healthy food, a necessity to improve production methods so as to alleviate the impact on the environment, and the requirement to do all this in a responsible manner.

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Future of food: Responsible waste management

Food waste plays a role in the everyday life of both people and companies. More than one-third of the global food production, amounting to 1.3 billion tons of food, is lost or wasted annually. If no urgent action is taken, global waste will grow by 70 percent by 2050.

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Nature is Next: Towards integrating nature-related risks in the Dutch Financial sector

Nature is declining faster than ever and urgent action is needed to move towards an economy that is in harmony with nature. WWF-NL and Deloitte Netherlands researched how the Dutch financial sector is integrating nature-related risks.

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Eric de Weerdt - Sustainable Finance Regulation & Reporting

Eric de Weerdt

Sustainable Finance Regulation & Reporting

Anne Claire van de Wall Bake Dijkstra - Sustainable Finance Regulatory Requirements

Anne-Claire van den Wall Bake-Dijkstra

Sustainable Finance Regulatory Requirements

Hesse McKechnie - Sustainable Finance Strategy

Hesse McKechnie

Sustainable Finance Strategy

Jeroen van der Wal Financing Sustainable Transformations

Jeroen van der Wal

Financing Sustainable Transformations