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Food transition

The growing global population and rising living standards have resulted in a food production system that is unsustainable: it depletes natural resources, pollutes the environment and marginalises farmers. But we believe there is another way.

    Our role

    To transform the food production system into one that works better for both people and planet, significant investments are needed. Van Lanschot Kempen can play a role in this much-needed transition, by enabling our clients to invest in new opportunities. We also help our clients understand the impacts and dependencies on nature and biodiversity in their portfolios.

    The food transition in our own operations

    In our office restaurants, we prioritise local and seasonal ingredients and avoid food waste wherever possible. Our restaurants increasingly provide vegetarian and vegan alternatives.

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    Our biodiversity policy

    We work with clients to prevent negative impacts, such as biodiversity loss, and to promote positive impacts, such as the protection of endangered species and ecosystem restoration.

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    Bee flower photo Scotty Turner

    Putting life back into the soil

    Through our SDG Farmland Fund, we want to make a positive contribution to the future of farmers, nature, climate and the food transition.

    Farmland Richard Jacobs

    Voting rights as a shareholder

    We use our voting rights to express our opinions on food transition issues – for example, shareholder proposals relating to deforestation or plastic waste. We assess shareholder proposals on a case-by-case basis and support meaningful proposals.

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    Finance for Biodiversity Pledge

    In November 2021, we signed the Finance for Biodiversity Pledge, committing to protect and restore biodiversity through our financial activities and investments.

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    Van Lanschot Kempen signs Finance for biodiversity pledge

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