The 2050 Criteria - Guide to Responsible Investment in Agricultural, Forest, and Seafood Commodities
The 21st century has presented humanity with an ominous reality. By 2050, we may face widespread insufficiency of food, fiber, and bioenergy to meet our needs. A rapidly growing global population, accelerating consumption, dietary shifts, climate change and other factors are driving unprecedented price volatility, resource shortages, and other risks in soft commodity supply chains. These challenges pose material, reputational, and systemic risk to investors.
The 2050 Criteria
seeks to untangle this complexity. Providing distilled guidance based on leading industry practice, The 2050 Criteria
is designed to serve as a field guide for investors to access mainstream agricultural, forest, and seafood commodities in a responsible manner.
The 2050 Criteria provides a framework to identify responsible practices in key soft commodity sectors around the globe. These commodity supply chains play key roles in meeting humanity's growing demands while simultaneously generating some of the largest and most irreversible impacts on communities and ecosystems around the world, including biodiversity loss, watershed disruption, climate change, and social conflict. Financial institutions play a unique role in helping to establish the rules of the game and making daily operations possible. By deploying credible, mainstream criteria for responsibly indentifying and guiding investees, financial institutions can improve performance, manage risk, and help contribute to the economic and environmental sustainability of these crucial sectors.