Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) issues and sustainability are core to the Cibus Fund investment philosophy. The evaluation of ESG factors is an integral part of deal analysis and due diligence. Post investment our portfolio companies measure and report on a range of company specific ESG KPIs based on our own ESG metrics and the eight sustainability criteria identified by the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
The Cibus Fund acknowledges the significant impact the food and agriculture industries have on the environment and seeks to ensure that portfolio companies take a proactive approach to protecting, and where possible, improving the environment in which they operate. In addition, the Cibus Fund seeks to align its portfolio companies with best practice social criteria, ensuring workers are well treated, there is gender balance among employees and local communities are taken into consideration. The Cibus Fund also looks at governance issues, examining board composition, transparency, and remuneration levels throughout the organisation. The Cibus Team negatively screens companies that cannot or will not comply with the Cibus Fund’s ESG and Sustainability Policy.
We will track our portfolio companies against our own ESG criteria and the eight IFC Performance Standards.
The Cibus Fund and our portfolio investee companies focus on eight core sustainability criteria identified by the IFC. Using sustainability experts our investments develop and execute best practice sustainability plans to manage risk and ensure responsible environmental stewardship.
The notion of a circular economy is at the core of what the Cibus Fund’s aims to achieve: more food with fewer resources with less waste.
The Cibus Team works with portfolio companies to examine ways to reduce input use, increase efficiency and reduce waste. The Cibus Fund seeks to invest in companies that develop innovative solutions to resource dependency and waste, including through technology services, new products such as protein sources, agricultural practices and indoor farming.
Innovation with a focus on the circular economy can help protect soils, waterways and reduce pollution; simultaneously improving the global environment and its inhabitants.