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Natural capital assets play a major role in providing an expanding world population with food, fiber and shelter, which support long-term demand for agricultural and forest products.

Engagement

/in-'gāj-mənt/ noun

A dialogue between an investor and an issuer focused on positively influencing corporate behavior on a variety of topics, including ESG issues.

CASE STUDY
Expanding knowledge of the benefits of regenerative agriculture

In Stołąż in northeast Poland, our team launched a trial project to design a Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system for soil health and soil organic carbon, with a focus on enhancing regenerative agricultural practices and overall asset performance.

In 2022, two new tenants joined the project. Both demonstrated a strong commitment to implementing Soil Capital’s recommendations, including establishment of cover crops, executing crop rotation, and practicing strip tillage. Additionally, they plan to convert the farm to organic production while integrating livestock into the farming system.

One of the tenants operates a suckler cow herd, which last autumn grazed clover that was later over-sown for a crop of winter wheat. Results from the Soil Capital trial at Stołąż will be shared through Nuveen Natural Capital’s quarterly Rural Thoughts newsletter.

Source: Nuveen Natural Capital Sustainability Report, 2023

 

 

Glossary: E-F

Emissions avoided

Positive, intentional differences in emissions reported year over year as a means of accelerating decarbonization.

Engagement

A dialogue between an investor and an issuer focused on positively influencing corporate behavior on a variety of topics, including ESG issues.

Environmental, social and governance (ESG)

Typically refers to the factors and issues investors consider regarding a firm’s sustainable business practices.

►  Environmental:  A responsible investing factor dealing with climate impact, energy consumption, biodiversity, waste management and natural resource use.

Example: Waste management 
Innovative packaging can reduce waste while also driving down material and transport costs.

►  Social: A responsible investing factor dealing with employee engagement and development, labor relations, human rights practice, product safety and consumer protection.

Example: Health and safety 
Effective health and safety programs can mitigate unexpected costs caused by workplace injuries, e.g., medical expenses, workplace disruption, productivity loss

►  Governance:  A responsible investing factor dealing with management structure, board accountability and independence, executive compensation, audits and internal controls and shareholder rights.

Example: Board diversity 
A wide range of competencies, knowledge, and perspectives can lead to better decision-making and more effective corporate governance.

ESG integration

Considering material ESG factors within the investment decision making process.

EU taxonomy

Classification system established to clarify which investments are environmentally sustainable, with the goal of allowing companies to share a common definition of economic activities that can be considered environmentally sustainable.

Source: europa.eu


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Investing involves risk; principal loss is possible. 

Responsible investing incorporates Environmental Social Governance (ESG) factors that may affect exposure to issuers, sectors, industries, limiting the type and number of investment opportunities available, which could result in excluding investments that perform well.

Because ESG criteria excludes some investments, an ESG strategy may not be able to take advantage of the same opportunities or market trends as funds that do not use such criteria.

The views and opinions expressed are for informational and educational purposes only as of the date of production/writing and may change without notice at any time based on factors such as market conditions or legal and regulatory developments. All information has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but its accuracy is not guaranteed. This material may contain “forward-looking” information that is not purely historical in nature. Such information may include, among other things, projections, forecasts, estimates of market returns, and proposed or expected portfolio composition. Any changes to assumptions made in preparing this material could have a material impact on the information presented herein. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investing involves risk; principal loss is possible. This information does not constitute investment research as defined under MiFID.

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