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Social and Environmental Due Diligence: From the Impact Case to the Business Case

Root Capital is a non-profit agricultural lender that developed tools and methodologies for conducting due diligence on the social and environmental contexts and practices of the agricultural businesses that it lends to as a way to put its mission into practice, and to demonstrate its impact.

Practices ranging from peat burning for palm plantations in Indonesia, child labor on cotton and cocoa farms in West Africa, and deforestation for beef and soy production in the Amazon have made the food and beverage sector among the first to recognize how social and environmental issues are shifting the business landscape.

Root Capital makes loans, delivers financial training, and strengthens market connections for smallholder farmers at the base of the agricultural supply chain that cannot access loans from local banks. Its goal is to grow rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America. For more resources on Root Capital’s work visit rootcapital.org.

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Social and Environmental Due Diligence: From the Impact Case to the Business Case