Creating Societal and Investment Value
AgIS Capital was founded with the belief that the sustainability economy is creating exciting new opportunities for those involved in global agricultural investing—while also imposing important environmental, social and governance (ESG) responsibilities for those involved in the sector.
STRONG LAND ETHIC AND ESG ENGAGEMENT
We embrace both dimensions of the ESG paradigm (the opportunities it is creating and the responsibilities it is conveying) and demonstrate these commitments through the Core Values we have embraced and by consistently integrating ESG principles into our investment and asset management processes. We also do so by striving for continuous ESG improvement through the evolution of our policies, processes and activities.
AgIS is a signatory to the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investment (UNPRI) framework. As is appropriate, we also affiliate with other third-party certification and ESG-focused organizations.
We are an inaugural member of Leading Harvest, the world’s first, third-party sustainability standard for agricultural investors, producers and processors.
COVID-19 AND THE LINK WITH ESG
The COVID‐19 pandemic, and our involvement with the establishment of Leading Harvest, a new agricultural certification standard, has had us thinking a lot about Environmental, Social and Governance engagement. Listen to AgIS Capital CEO, Jeff Conrad, talk briefly about how these issues are related.
READ OUR LATEST ARTICLES ON ESG
ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL AND GOVERNANCE (ESG) STATEMENT
We believe that integrating ESG considerations into our investment activities and the functioning of our enterprise—benefits our clients and AgIS. It does so by reducing investment and business risk and by positioning us to capitalize on opportunities in the global sustainability economy where our clients’ capital and our expertise can be combined and leveraged to produce positive outcomes for them, for us and for society. To these ends, AgIS Capital strives to:
Adhere to the highest standards of ethical business practices to avoid even the appearance of negligent, unfair or corrupt action or behavior.
Comply with relevant laws and regulations, and abide by best environmental and business practices, that are designed to protect human rights and promote occupational health and safety.
Integrate a full range of ESG considerations into our processes for sourcing, analyzing, negotiating, executing and managing the agricultural investments we make on behalf of clients.
Promote progressive and efficient asset management practices with a focus on ensuring and maintaining the environmental and social integrity of the agricultural assets we oversee—paying particular attention to issues of water and energy conservation as well as human rights, worker safety and fair labor practices.
Build relationships with key stakeholder groups in the public, private and non-governmental organization (NGO) communities to identify and capitalize on opportunities to partner and create mutually beneficial outcomes.
Ensure that our ESG-related activities and commitments are consistent and ongoing and encourage their continuous improvement through self-assessment and dialogue at all levels of the organization.
Strive to implement and comply with the UN Principals for Responsible Investment, to participate in their evolution (as is possible and appropriate), and to influence similar ESG-related frameworks that we believe will enhance our capacity to operate and deliver superior, risk-adjusted investment performance for our clients.