3 positions at Profundo

Financial analyst

You will focus on the financial analysis of companies involved in international commodity chains (mining, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, energy) with significant social and environmental impacts: deforestation, biodiversity loss, climate change impacts, human rights abuses and other impacts. Your research aims to understand how sustainability risks created by the activities of these companies may impact on their financial performance and may result in financial risks - in the form of stranded assets and otherwise - for different groups of stakeholders (shareholders, creditors, society at large).

Using econometric and statistical tools and models, you will develop innovative scenario studies to assess the financial implications which sustainability risks and policy changes could have for the companies researched. These studies will help banks and investors to understand the financial and sustainability risks they are exposed to, as well as the options they have to influence the activities and strategies of their investee companies and to mitigate risks by restructuring their investment portfolios. The research results can also help policy makers and NGOs to understand the possible role of the financial sector in addressing and mitigating sustainability risks, while avoiding financial and systemic risks.

Location: Amsterdam

Closing date: 20 January 2016

 

CSR and policy researcher

You will research companies involved in international commodity chains in the agriculture, food and forestry sectors, to assess their social and environmental impacts, including deforestation, biodiversity loss, climate change impacts, human rights abuses and other impacts. Findings will be linked to analyses of existing and proposed policy frameworks, on the global level and in significant producer and consumer countries, which are relevant for these international commodity chains. Your findings will be used by our clients to make informed investment decisions, to develop engagement strategies with companies and policy makers and to initiate and revise relevant government policies.

Additionally, you will play a leading role in ongoing research projects of Profundo - especially the Fair Finance Guide - which aim to benchmark the sustainability policies of banks and investors against international standards and best practices. You will focus on improving the benchmark methodology and its implementation in the assessment process, particularly in the fields of agriculture and food, biodiversity and forests, and climate change. The research results can help banks and investors to understand the sustainability and reputational risks embedded in their portfolios, to improve their sustainability policies and the implementation thereof. NGOs and policy makers can use the research findings to engage with the financial sector to look for cooperative opportunities in addressing and mitigating sustainability risks and contributing to sustainable economic developments.

Location: Amsterdam

Closing date: 20 January 2016

 

Sustainable finance advisor

You will advise our clients on innovative financial solutions  by which sustainable businesses, especially in the agriculture and forestry sectors in developing countries, can be financed. Based on a good understanding of the risks and opportunities in these sectors, as well as practical knowledge of different equity and debt instruments and risk mitigating options such as offtake-contracts and guarantees, you will find solutions to make the financing of such businesses possible. With your advisory work you can help financial institutions to find attractive investment opportunities as well as responsible businesses to attract capital. Also, you will help governments and NGOs to understand which policy initiatives can be taken to help match capital supply and demand in the agriculture and forestry sectors in developing countries, which are of crucial importance for the realisation of development and climate change objectives.

Additionally, you will be evaluating Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) policies and practices of various financial institutions and you will be advising responsible investors on the selection and evaluation of asset managers and other service providers in the impact investment space. You will also analyse existing and proposed government policy frameworks, on the global level and in significant producer and consumer countries, on their impacts on the availability of capital for sustainable businesses in the agriculture and forestry sectors.

Location: Amsterdam

Closing date: 20 January 2016