The FAIRR Initiative has launched a new policy workstream where we will engage with governments, regulators, industry bodies and investors to promote a greater understanding of the ESG risks surrounding intensive animal agriculture and build increased engagement around sustainable policies and business practices.

For more information, please contactHelena Wright, Policy Director

Where's the Beef?

Join investors in highlighting the critical need to reduce the global GHG emissions of the animal agriculture sector, and the opportunities presented by COP26 to foreground protein production and consumption in the climate conversation.

23 %

of total anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions in the period 2007-2016 came from agriculture, forestry and other land use.

90 %+

of current NDCs fail to account for the whole food system.

Where's the Beef Update

Support for the FAIRR Initiative investor statement ‘Where’s the Beef’, which is endorsed by the ex-Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has more than doubled since its launch in June 2021. The increased investor support signals the clear desire from financial markets for sector-specific emissions targets in agriculture or the wider food system. However, zero of the 16 NDCs submitted by G20 nations have disclosed targets to reduce emissions from their agricultural sector.

EU Taxonomy

Group of investors, investor representatives and advisers representing over $3.5trn in assets send a letter to the EU Commission highlighting the significance of the agriculture sector and calling for a robust sustainable finance taxonomy aligned with 1.5°C and biodiversity goals.

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The FAIRR Initiative is delighted to be participating and hosting several events at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), taking place this year in Glasgow between 31 October and 12 November.

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New Policy Paper

The FAIRR Initiative is launching a new policy paper, Transforming Animal Agriculture: An Opportunity to Address Climate Change, Health and Biodiversity in China, one year after the Chinese government’s announcement of the country’s commitment to peaking CO2 emissions by 2030 and reaching net-zero by 2060. The policy white paper summarises some key ESG risks, opportunities and policy implications based on findings from the Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index and its assessment of China-based companies in the animal agriculture sector.

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Previous Policy Papers

In March 2021, the FAIRR Initiative launched a policy white paper looking at the alignment of agricultural finance with the Paris Climate Agreement in two main areas:

  • In terms of public finance flows to agriculture, the paper summarises existing available data and research with a particular focus on subsidies and taxation, before covering likely future policy responses in the agriculture and food sector. The alignment of flows of public finance with climate goals also has implications for investors, companies and farmers.
  • In terms of private finance flows to agriculture, the paper explains how actions and coalitions led by other private actors, including investors, banks, and corporates, contribute to alignment. FAIRR’s own research contributes to this by providing data to investors on the climate and deforestation risks at major protein producers, and by enabling investors to conduct climate stress testing on their portfolio.

​To access the new FAIRR Policy White Paper: Aligning Agricultural Finance with the Paris Agreement, please click the button below:

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