How do different financial institutions approach non-financial information and ESG issues when considering tropical forestry companies and supply chains exposed to timber, pulp and paper products sourced from tropical regions?

To illustrate the variety of approaches which are available to financial sector stakeholders, ZSL is curating a series of case studies in collaboration with financial institutions.

Each case study focuses on a stakeholder type, from private equity to asset management and banking, or on a different use of ESG information (due diligence and benchmarking, engagement, impact activities). By detailing the rationale for considering the sector from an ESG perspective (climate, biodiversity, local communities and indigenous peoples’ rights…) or approaches to integrating disclosures and other ESG information, these case studies will help the reader identify key ESG risks and issues and opportunities to mitigate them in a sector specific fashion.

These case studies are directed at financial sector practitioners and forestry sector stakeholders and aim to promote increased transparency and drive adoption and implementation of best practice on the ground.

Case Studies:


  • Sustainable Finance and Tropical Forestry (21 January 2021)
    • Alan Lok, CFA, Director, Ethics Education and Professional Standards, Asia-Pacific, CFA Institute
    • Clara Melot, SPOTT Engagement and Impact Manager, Zoological Society of London
    • Adam Black, Head of ESG & Sustainability, Coller Capital
    • Paul Milon, ESG Specialist, Asia Pacific, BNP Paribas Asset Management, Hong Kong
  • ESG Performance and Tropical Forestry (26 February 2021)
    • Clara Melot, SPOTT engagement and impact manager, Zoological Society of London
    • Adam Ng, PhD, sustainable finance expert, WWF Malaysia
    • Justin Mercer, environmental & social manager, New Forests
    • Laura Bosch, engagement specialist, Robeco
  • ESG Financing Requirements in Tropical Forestry Sector (21 April 2021)
    • Fookleong Chan, CFA, executive director of advocacy, CFA Society Singapore
    • Samantha Bramley, director of environmental and social risk management, Standard Chartered
    • Hilde Jervan, chief advisor, Council on Ethics for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund
    • Guy Djombe, head of environment and sustainability operations department, Development Bank of the Central African States