Paris , France , December 5 , 2017 – Firmenich is investing in Livelihoods second Carbon Fund , in partnership with Crédit Agricole, Danone , Hermès, Mic helin, SAP, Schneider Electric and Voyageurs du Monde . This new impact investment fund, with a target of 100 million euros, aims to improve the lives of 2 million farmers and reduce carbon emissions by up to 25 million tons over a 20 – year period. The new Livelihoods Carbon Fund will invest in ecosystem restoration, agroforestry and energy projects commencing next year with projects mainly implemented in developing countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America.
“ With 2017 set to be one of top three hottest years on record, business should play an even bigger leadership role to tackle climate change”, said Gilbert Ghostine, CEO Fimenich . “ I am excited about this new Carbon Fund, our most ambitious and innovative to date, as it will positively preserve nature, while enhancing the livelihoods of farmi ng communities around the world. By joining this impact investment fund with like – minded visionary companies, we can all scale up our impact together. ”
“The investment model of the Livelihoods Fund has proven that we can build large – scale projects connecting worlds seemingly far from each other: large companies acting against climate change and poor communities faced with the effects of climate change. The results we ha ve achieved since 2011 encourage us to move forward by building on our learnings. This new fund offers an interesting platform to investors who want to have a real impact on climate”, says Bernard Giraud, President and Cofounder of Livelihoods Venture .
? 130 million trees planted, equivalent to 5 times the surface area of Paris;
? 120,000 families equ ipped with efficient cook stoves to mitigate deforestation and preserve women’s health;
? 10 million tons of CO 2 to be off – set or avoided (projects span over 10 to 20 years).
In 2015, Firmenich joined the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming (L3F) , alongside Danone, Mars and Veolia. L3F aims to help companies sustainably source the materials they need from smallholder farmers , while improving their productivity, incomes, and living conditions. It will convert 200,000 farms to sustainable farming practices. The fund will invest 120 millio n euros by 2025, providing upfront financing and technical support to NGOs and farmers’ cooperatives.