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Norwegian investment funds warn global agricultural companies linked to Amazon deforestation

Wednesday, August 28th 2019 - 10:04 UTC
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KLP and Storebrand ASA, with combined US$ 168bn in assets, have begun contacting large corporations that have agricultural activities in Brazil KLP and Storebrand ASA, with combined US$ 168bn in assets, have begun contacting large corporations that have agricultural activities in Brazil

The two most sizeable investors in Norway have told global companies to make sure they are not contributing to environmental destruction in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil.

KLP and Storebrand ASA, with a combined US$ 168bn in assets under management, have begun contacting large corporations that have agricultural activities in Brazil, while calling on other investors to help apply pressure to reverse ecological devastation.

“We would like to engage companies and ensure that they are taking necessary actions,” said Jeanett Bergan, KLP's head of responsible investments, naming Cargill, Bunge Limited and Archer Daniels Midland as the main United States companies that supply Brazilian soya.

She referred to the situation in the Amazon as “very concerning”, in light of the political shift that has taken place in Brazil under new President Jair Bolsonaro, who has encouraged more unrestrained consumption of the country's natural resources.

KLP alone manages US$ 80bn in funds, and Bergan said companies should seek “responsible sourcing” of their products.

On Tuesday, Norway's Minister of Climate and Environment, Ola Elvestuen, also warned companies not to contribute to deforestation. Oil producer Equinor and aluminum producer Norsk Hydro ASA do business in Brazil, and the Norwegian government holds large stakes in those firms. 

Thus far in 2019, more than 75,000 fires have raged in Brazil - an increase of 85 percent over the prior year, according to the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research.

Nonprofit organisation Amazon Watch says that soya and beef production are among the most significant factors contributing to deforestation and fires.

Matthew Smith, head of sustainable investments at Storebrand Asset Management - which has US$ 88bn in funds - described the natural destruction in the Amazon region as “critical” and “unprecedented”.

“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,” said Smith. “We expect that the companies we invest in [will] address human rights, monitor their supply chains, map their risks and reduce the negative effects.”

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  • Brasileiro

    Paradise!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UN8vXQol9U&list=FLmXPTu1f8AdGlizWNiASx2A&index=2&t=0s

    Aug 28th, 2019 - 03:23 pm 0
  • Terence Hill

    Brasileiro
    Your retro image from 2014 versus current reality, shuffle off to corner and join Bonehead.
    “Flying above the Amazon fires, 'all you can see is death' August 26, 201”
    https://edition.cnn. com/2019/08/25/americas/amazon-fire-efforts-damage/index.html
    “NASA Satellites Confirm Amazon Rainforest Is Burning at a Record Rate”
    https://edition.cnn

    Aug 29th, 2019 - 06:20 pm 0
  • Brasileiro

    Terence Hill

    I know it's 2014. End of the good government of Dilma Roussef. However, in my opinion, the best government Brazil has ever had was the Lula government! And, I hope we Brazilians can still have the opportunity to elect him again soon.

    Aug 29th, 2019 - 11:48 pm 0
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