Environmental Conservation: Conservation and Financial Markets Initiative

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation


Grant amount: US $100,000 - US $8,000,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Overview:

Please note that we do not accept unsolicited grant proposals. Because of our tightly-defined grantmaking strategies, many worthwhile projects fall outside the scope of our funding priorities. However, if you have thoughts or inquiries related to our work that you would like to share, you may send us a brief, ~100-word email. Please understand that due to the volume of inquiries we receive, we are only able to commit to reviewing those inquiries that adhere to the ~100-word guideline.

Conservation and Financial Markets Initiative: Harnessing the power of financial markets.

The Conservation and Financial Markets Initiative seeks to use the power of mainstream financial markets to help drive the food sector away from production practices that degrade natural ecosystems. To do that, we’re working with key partners to ensure that financial institutions, who provide capital to companies involved in beef, soy and seafood commodities, routinely scrutinize the business consequences of deforestation and overfishing. At the same time, partners will develop incentives so that these companies take steps to eliminate the risks and seize opportunities associated with deforestation, illegality and overfishing in their supply chains.

Three different strategies will be employed, targeted at the following outcomes: 

  • The financial and business risks and opportunities associated with deforestation and illegality in agriculture and seafood supply chains are assessed, quantified and disseminated among financial institution stakeholders, with the ultimate goal of impacting risk management decisions and capital allocation.
  • A critical mass of financial institutions makes and implements commitments to eliminate deforestation and illegality within agriculture and seafood supply chains in their lending and investment portfolios.
  • A critical mass of companies makes and implements commitments to track, assess and manage for performance against environmental factors that pose significant business risks or opportunities.

Finance Collaboration

To help achieve these outcomes, the following partners with specialized areas of expertise will form a finance collaboration to focus a significant amount of the initiative's strategy and resources: Ceres (GBMF5225), World Business Council for Sustainable Development (GBMF5227), World Wildlife Fund (GBMF5226) and the Moore Foundation.

Fifty percent of the funding for the collaboration will be re-granted to additional organizations whose expertise may be identified as necessary to achieve initiative goals. Questions about these new collaborations may be directed to the foundation. 

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