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  • December 11, 2018 •

    USD 11B Loans to Palm Oil Industry: ESG Issues May Create Indirect Risks for Bank Investors

    Since the palm oil sector is capital intensive and needs long-term financing, palm oil companies depend on bank loans. By investing in banks that provide loans to the palm oil industry, investors may indirectly face deforestation-related risks. These risks are magnified when a bank’s exposure to palm oil companies with sustainability risks is relatively high …

  • November 28, 2018 •

    BrasilAgro: 5,069 Hectares of Cerrado Forest at Imminent Risk

    This report builds on Chain Reaction Research’s (CRR) company profile on BrasilAgro, published in November 2017. It showed that from 2012 to 2017, BrasilAgro had cleared 21,690 ha of native vegetation in the Brazilian Cerrado. BrasilAgro has faced the risk of losing clients with zero-deforestation commitments, as well as an overvaluation of its land portfolio. …

  • November 21, 2018 •

    Leakage Risks in India, 58 Percent of Palm Oil Imports Not Covered by NDPE Policies

    Large palm oil refiners have adopted sourcing policies that require their suppliers to refrain from clearing forests, using peatland or exploiting people. A November 2017 analysis by Chain Reaction Research showed that 74 percent of Indonesian and Malaysian refining capacity is covered by such No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) policies. This report looks …

  • October 29, 2018 •

    SLC Agrícola: Planned Deforestation Could Contradict Buyers’ ESG Policies

    This report, which builds on the company profile on SLC Agrícola published by Chain Reaction Research in September 2017, reviews the company’s sustainability and business risks in the last year. The initial report showed that from 2011 to 2017, SLC Agrícola cleared 39,887 ha of land of its original vegetation, of which 30,000 ha was …


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  • November 5, 2018 • •

    Event: Responsible Investor Americas 2018

    When: December 5-6, 2018 Where: New York Register here. As the world trade system grapples with existential threats and investors respond to turbulent politics, 2018 is a key year for responsible investment in North America. Against a backdrop of heightened political risk and growing social discord, investors must build resilient portfolios that address major ructions …

  • November 5, 2018 • •

    Event: 5th Annual Sustainable Investing Conference

    When: Friday, November 30, 2018 Where: New York This year’s Sustainable Investing Thought Leadership annual event will focus on the theme of long-termism. The full day event will be structured around 1-2 keynote addresses focusing on the theme set out above and what that might mean for investing and performance, 3-4 panels discussions addressing the …

  • September 1, 2017 • •

    Event: Risks for Investors in Tropical Commodities, September 27, 2017, Berlin

    Risks for Investors in Tropical Commodities An event at the PRI in Person 2017 Conference in Berlin Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 1:30 pm to 2:30pm InterContinental Hotel, Berlin, Germany Free Admission To register, or if you have any questions regarding this event, please email Production of tropical commodities such as palm oil, soy, beef …

  • November 3, 2016 • •

    Discussion Event: Making No Deforestation Commitments Work

    Aidenvironment Presents A Discussion Event: Making No Deforestation Commitments Work December 1, Amsterdam In an interactive afternoon event, Aidenvironment, Chain Reaction Research coalition partner, will bring stakeholders from the private, public, and finance sectors together to share views on advancing No Deforestation practices – with special attention being given to the perspective of institutional investors. Implementing corporate No …


Chain Reaction Research conducts free sustainability risk analysis for financial analysts, credit analysts, commercial bankers, institutional investors, corporations, and other stakeholders. Our special focus is demonstrating that deforestation is material financial risk. We focus on tropical deforestation-related commodities including palm oil, soy, cattle, coffee, cacao, timber pulp and paper, and other products. We are funded by the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, the International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) scheme managed by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), and the Moore Charitable Foundation. Chain Reaction Research statements and materials do not necessarily reflect the standpoints of the Packard Foundation, the Moore Foundation or Norad.




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