Advocacy Talking Points 16 April 2020
ESG Risks in the Natural Rubber Sector
Natural rubber industry, dominated by smallholders often unable to absorb the costs of sustainable practices, tends to be overlooked by global sustainability initiatives. Negative social and environmental impacts present a risk to investors.
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Rubber products are present in our daily lives, often without us even noticing. But unlike other industries such as palm oil or timber, which have been under extensive external pressure to improve sustainability, natural rubber is often overlooked. This is due to 85% of the global supply being produced by smallholders made up of local people cultivating small patches of land, unable to absorb the costs of adopting more sustainable practices. Unaddressed, poor management practices and associated low productivity can lead to negative social and environmental impacts, including pollution, health issues, and poverty. The environmental and social issues associated with rubber production represent financial, regulatory, and reputational risks to both the downstream companies and the financial institutions involved.
This CFA Institute and ZSL SPOTT* webinar provides an overview of ZSL’s inaugural natural rubber sector transparency assessment findings, and a selection of speakers will unpack the main ESG risks facing natural rubber sector companies and those exposed to them.
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About the Authors
Clara joined the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) in 2010 where she leads on engagement with the finance sector to promote the ESG assessments of Timber, pulp and palm oil producers and traders provided on ZSL’s SPOTT platform. Clara has an MA from La Sorbonne University and an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics. Before joining ZSL, Clara worked in the Corporate partnerships department at WWF-France and supported the work of the Climate and Forest team at London-based environmental NGO ClientEarth.
FookLeong Chan is the executive director of advocacy at CFA Society Singapore. He researches and writes on ethical issues, market integrity, financial literacy, and investor-protection topics.
Responsible for the development of Corrie MacColl plantations, Lee Chestnutt has more than 25 years experience in natural rubber. Mr Chestnutt entered the rubber industry in 1995 with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company as Project Manager and subsequently Project Director in their Sumatra plantation. His last role with Goodyear was Manager, Supply & Quality Development, focusing on developing high quality supply of rubber from Africa for use in European tyre plants. Mr Chestnutt joined the Halcyon Group in 2013 and was appointed Global Head, HEVEAPRO Technology and Standards in 2017 where he developed the standards and led the implementation across Halcyon’s global factories.
Ryan Wiener joined Halcyon Agri, Corrie MacColl’s parent company, in 2014 where he worked as Manager, Strategic Development in Singapore. In 2017, he joined Centrotrade Deutschland and subsequently Corrie MacColl Limited as Global Head of Strategic Marketing. His responsibilities cover commercial marketing, Group structure, branding and investor relations. Previously, Mr Wiener spent five years in real-estate investment at Savills Singapore. He has a bachelor degree in International Business from Bond University, Australia and is currently undertaking a Masters in Applied Finance from Kaplan Professional, Australia.
Paul Speed is a director of New Forests Asia (Singapore) Pte and the director for Operations & Investments for the New Forests Southeast Asian forestry funds. He oversees the team of forestry investment and operations professionals in the region. Mr. Speed's experience spans over 25 years, including nine years in the Solomon Islands in direct plantation forestry management and then eight years international forest industry consulting. He specializes in forest due diligence, investment appraisal, and operational management. Mr. Speed has a bachelor’s degree in pure and applied biology and a master of science in forestry from oxford university. He is a full member of the New Zealand Institute of Forestry, the Incorporated Society of Planters in Malaysia, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.