SUSTAINABILITY IS AT THE CORE OF OUR BUSINESS

Through scaling up access to finance for forest protection and sustainable agricultural production we aim for environmentally sound, economically viable, resilient farming systems adapted to local conditions.

For every US $150 million invested our projects create tangible social and environmental impact:

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650 new jobs in rural areas

Increased household income

Access to health insurance

Educational programs

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17,000 ha in sustainable use

Reforestation

Soil improvement

Increased ecosystem resilience

4,000 Ha as conservation area

Biodiversity protection

Protection of water catchment areas

Wildlife habitats

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2.5 million tons of carbon sequestered

Climate action

Reduced greenhouse gas emissions


OUR COMMITMENTS

 
100% SOCIAL INSURANCE AND ACCESS TO HEALTH FOR ALL FIELD WORKERS

100% SOCIAL INSURANCE AND ACCESS TO HEALTH FOR ALL FIELD WORKERS

ACCESS TO EDUCATION AND TRAINING TO ALL OUR WORKERS

ACCESS TO EDUCATION AND TRAINING TO ALL OUR WORKERS

NO GAP BETWEEN BASIC SALARIES AND REMUNERATION OF WOMEN TO MEN FOR EACH EMPLOYEE CATEGORY

NO GAP BETWEEN BASIC SALARIES AND REMUNERATION OF WOMEN TO MEN FOR EACH EMPLOYEE CATEGORY

WATER WILL BE RECYCLED AND USED WHEREVER POSSIBLE

WATER WILL BE RECYCLED AND USED WHEREVER POSSIBLE

 
 
 
PAY WAGES THAT ALLOW DECENT LIVING CONDITIONS FOR ALL OUR WORKERS

PAY WAGES THAT ALLOW DECENT LIVING CONDITIONS FOR ALL OUR WORKERS

100% OF THE PRODUCTION CERTIFIED

100% OF THE PRODUCTION CERTIFIED

INCREASE CARBON SEQUESTRATION BY OPTIMIZING AND DIVERSIFYING THE PLANTATION PRODUCTION

INCREASE CARBON SEQUESTRATION BY OPTIMIZING AND DIVERSIFYING THE PLANTATION PRODUCTION

INCREASE THE CONSERVATION VALUE OF ALL OUR INVESTMENTS BY RESTORING SOIL AND CREATING BIODIVERSE AGROECOSYSTEMS

INCREASE THE CONSERVATION VALUE OF ALL OUR INVESTMENTS BY RESTORING SOIL AND CREATING BIODIVERSE AGROECOSYSTEMS

 

OUR ESG APPROACH

We take a HOLISTIC approach to environmental, social and governance (ESG)

We developed a comprehensive system of critical METRICS that are organized along the UN Sustainable Development Goals and translated into relevant Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s).

For each investment, a BASELINE is first ascertained, TARGET expectations are defined, and progress is MEASURED periodically.

12Tree sustainability PRINCIPLES and farm STANDARDS, which are primarily aimed at employment conditions, occupational SAFETY, resource efficiency, recycling, training, equality and integration, are implemented in all projects.

Long-term goals, such as increasing BIODIVERSITY and capturing CARBON, are defined through project-specific measures in cooperation with specialized organizations.


SMALLHOLDERS

12Tree invests into projects pursuing a NUCLEUS-PLASMA approach, which means that larger central plantations, the nucleus, are established which interact closely with the surrounding smallholder farmer communities, the plasma, to create a production cluster of mutual benefit.

The central plantation provides quality management, certification, processing and access to the world market without middlemen and passes the corresponding HIGHER PRICES on to the small producers.

Farmers receive, for example, more productive and drought and pest-resistant PLANTING MATERIAL, adequate inputs and are taught CLIMATE-SMART agricultural practices, generally incentivized to switch to crops more adapted to changing weather patterns and temperatures.

The nucleus farm studies and seeks to incorporate the best AGROECOLOGICAL PRACTICES and techniques from smallholders that offer promising models for promoting biodiversity, conserving natural resources, sustaining yield without agrochemicals, providing ecological services and remarkable lessons about RESILIENCY in the face of continuous environmental and economic change.

The tangible improvement in FARMER’S LIVELIHOODS from higher yields and prices and a production cluster of more healthy and resilient farms that can deal better with drought, flooding, storms and increasing temperatures are the best preconditions for successful and sustainable agricultural production that can adapt to CLIMATE CHANGE.


MEASURING IMPACT

We teamed-up with Kinomé, an INDEPENDENT THIRD-PARTY consulting company, to evaluate the social impacts of our projects. A key purpose of Kinomé’s audits is to make the social impact component more TRANSPARENT to all stakeholders and to MONITOR concrete measures for continuous improvement.

How does it work?

Each time we start a new project, Kinomé establishes a Social Impact BASELINE, identifying fundamental WORKER NEEDS and neighboring communities. In addition, Kinomé formulates a Social Impact PROGRESS PLAN suggesting concrete ACTIONS for improvement and their relevant INDICATORS, which are monitored and measured every two years and compared thereafter against the baseline (Figure 1).

By delegating the work to third-party expert, not only we are ELIMINATING BIAS, but also ensuring that projects RESPOND TO RELEVANT SOCIETAL ISSUES of the host country and the landscape we are in, and that they are beneficial for society as a whole.

We make use of Kinomé’s analysis and recommendations as guidelines for us to effectively INTERACT WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES around our plantations. Sometimes they are smallholders, sometimes is women organizations, but that usually depends on the context. No cookie-cutter guidelines and instead we use a CUSTOMIZED APPROACH.


 
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KINOME’S methodology to assess our social impact

 

GET IN TOUCH

Lenny Martinez, Sustainability Manager

lenny.martinez@12tree.de