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Norwegian investors and pension funds reach out to companies to halt environmental destruction in Brazil's Amazon

Author: Bloomberg, Published on: 30 August 2019

“Norway’s Biggest Funds Tell Companies to Halt Damage of Amazon”, 27th August 2019

…Storebrand ASA and pension fund, KLP, are now reaching out to companies and intensifying their research to map out who’s responsible for any potential damage. Storebrand said that the fires in the Amazon are the latest signs of how critical deforestation has become, where clearing of land for palm oil, cattle, soy and timber are the greatest drivers…“We have an ambition to exit companies that contribute to deforestation by 2025” should a dialog not achieve the desired changes, Matthew Smith, head of sustainable investments at Storebrand Asset Management, said in an interview. The fires raging through Amazon were called an “international crisis” by French President Emmanuel Macron. Norway’s government has also suspended its contributions to a rain forest preservation fund, claiming Brazil hasn’t lived up to its commitments…Pension fund KLP said in a statement late Monday that its reaching out to companies and calling on other large investors and banks to exert pressure on companies such as Cargill Inc., Bunge Ltd. and Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. “We have engaged companies which undertake significant trade in agricultural products from Brazil because we want rapid dialogues and concrete actions given this extremely serious situation,” said Jeanett Bergan, head of responsible investment at KLP…

 

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Related companies: Archer Daniels Midland Bunge Cargill KLP Forsikring Storebrand