This conference call addressed what investors need to know about the detrimental effects of protein production on forests in Brazil. Deforestation is a major environmental concern that poses operational, financial, and reputational risks to investors. Two-thirds of tropical deforestation over the last decade can be attributed to the production of a handful of globally-traded soft commodities, especially livestock farming products. The production of these commodities contributes to climate change and causes damage to biodiversity and local communities throughout the industry supply chain.
CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) is a not-for-profit UK-based charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. CDP found last year that up to US$941 billion of turnover in publicly listed companies is dependent on commodities linked to deforestation. Deforestation and forest degradation also account for 10-15% of the world’s greenhouse gas emission, making deforestation a key issue in the international effort to decarbonize the economy and prevent global warming beyond 1.5/2°C. As forecasts predict a 70% increase in global demand for these products by 2050 as the world population grows to 9.6 billion, the agri-food industry must adapt their production processes to reduce its impact in deforestation.
Sareh Forouzesh: Sareh is a Senior Forests Program Manager at CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project). She manages a global program of collaboration between private and public sector actors. The program is aimed at catalyzing action on deforestation risks in the supply chains of agricultural commodities from Latin America to China and Europe.
Sareh has an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and an MSc in Energy, Environmental, Technology and Economics with distinction from City University London. She holds a Certificate in Environmental Project Management (PIEMA).
Autumn Graham: Autumn covers emerging market corporates at Schroders Investment Management. She has been covering emerging markets corporates for 10 years across buy-side and sell-side firms. She graduated from Brown University with a bachelor's degree in political science.