AFi

Accountability Framework initiative

Aval GANSO

The Aval GANSO is a Colombian certification programme developed by GANSO in collaboration with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).

Blueprints

Blueprints are sustainable practices that our clients adopt to create impact and which are replicable by other participants in the same market, thereby leading to Transformational Change. Replicable means that the Blueprints can be implemented by other participants in the same market/sector as our clients (and possibly other similar sectors), i.e. once our clients have shown it can be done, others will replicate. To be replicable, projects must also be commercially viable.

CPO

Crude Palm Oil

Cancun Agreements

The Cancun Agreement is a global agreement that was signed in 2010 at the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP16) in Cancun, Mexico. It aimed to strengthen the global response to climate change by taking a range of actions, including setting up a Green Climate Fund and making commitments to reduce emissions.

Center for Tropical Agriculture CIAT

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) is a not-for-profit organization that conducts socially and environmentally progressive research aimed at reducing hunger, poverty and preserving natural resources in developing countries

Deforestation

Deforestation means the clearance of natural forests, including through fires, typically for the purpose of taking commercial advantage of the cleared land. Although Deforestation is often illegal, it can, in some cases, be in compliance with local law.

E&S

E&S is a term used often in the development finance space referring to Environmental & Social

E&S risk category

&Green categorizes its investments into one of three categories: A (high potential for adverse social or environmental impacts); B (adverse social or environmental able to be mitigated); or C (minimal or no adverse social or environmental impacts). It uses a categorization process that identifies and scores potential environmental and social risks and is aligned with the categorization of projects under the IFC Performance Standards. The Facility’s full categorization process for projects is set out in the &Green Environmental and Social Guidelines available on the &Green website.

ESAP

An Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) is a detailed plan implemented by our clients to address gaps in their practices which, when closed, will mean they comply with international standards, specifically the IFC PS. This ensures that the project’s E&S risks are identified and well managed.

ESMS

Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) is an internal system which we require from our clients to manage their E&S risks and to develop approaches to mitigate these risks.

EU taxonomy

The EU taxonomy regulation describes a framework to classify “green” or “sustainable” economic activities executed in the EU.

Ecosystem Services

Ecosystem services are the benefits that humans derive from the world’s stocks of natural assets (Natural Capital). The most obvious Ecosystem Services include the food we eat, the water we drink and the plant materials we use for fuel, building materials and medicines. There are also many less visible Ecosystem Services such as the climate regulation and natural flood defenses provided by forests, the billions of tonnes of carbon stored by peatlands, or the pollination of crops by insects.

Eligible jurisdictions

Eligible jurisdictions are those jurisdictions in which &Green may invest because they have met the Fund’s Jurisdiction Eligibility Criteria (JEC) and have been approved by the Advisory Board.

Extractive production

Food systems that focus on yields and profits.

FFB

Fresh Fruit Branches

GANSO

A partnership between Climate Focus and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, that focuses on transforming degraded pastures into sustainable landscapes

GHG

Greenhouse Gases

GIS

Geographic Information System

HCV/HCS

High Conservation Value (HCV) / High Carbon Stock (HCS) means areas that are important for conservation (environmental values) and livelihoods (social values) and for which it is important that no-deforestation commitments apply in order to protect biodiversity.

ICL

Integration Crop and Livestock model.

IFC PS

The International Finance Corporation Performance Standards (IFC PS) set out international standards for managing environmental and social risks and are recognized as the gold standard by many international investors and development banks.

INCRA

National Institute of Colonization and Agrarian Reform (Instituto Nacional de Colonização e Reforma Agrária).

IP

Indigenous People (IP) means the communities that are considered indigenous to a Landscape in which a client operates.

Innovative Finance for the Amazon, Cerrado and Chaco IFACC

Innovative Finance for the Amazon, Cerrado and Chaco. An initiative of the Nature Conservancy (TNC), Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA) and UN Environmental Programme (UNEP).

JECA

Jurisdictional Eligibility Criteria Assessment

Jurisdiction

Jurisdiction means a country, region or province which &Green would consider investing in.

LAT

A tool designed to guide HSJ in its land acquisition processes.

LIFT

LIFT is a sustainable proprietary production platform that provides valuable tools, training, and services to coffee farmers and coffee communities.

LPP

A Landscape Protection Plan Is a roadmap to Transformational Change contractually agreed with our clients to achieve Environmental & Social compliance and create impact.

Land Acquisition

Land Acquisition means the expansion of the land area on which a client operates through the purchase of new land from others.

Landscape

Landscape is the Project Area from which &Green’s Environmental and Social Return are to be derived and includes areas with direct and indirect influence from the client.

MRV

Monitoring, Reporting and Verification

NDPE

A No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation (NDPE) commitment is a public commitment by our clients in order to make their operations sustainable. The commitment should pledge to have zero-deforestation, peatland destruction or exploitation of indigenous people in the operations and supply chain of their business.

Natural Capital

Natural Capital can be defined as the world’s stocks of natural assets which include geology, soil, air, water and all living things. It is from this natural capital that humans derive a wide range of services, often called Ecosystem Services, which make human life possible. The most obvious Ecosystem Services include the food we eat, the water we drink and the plant materials we use for fuel, building materials and medicines. There are also many less visible Ecosystem Services such as the climate regulation and natural flood defenses provided by forests, the billions of tonnes of carbon stored by peatlands, or the pollination of crops by insects.

Net Gain Framework

The Net Gain Framework (NGF) is a strategy developed by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to address the sustainability of business investments. The NGF is based on the idea that any investment should generate economic returns, and have a positive environmental and social impact. The NGF encourages businesses to think beyond traditional financial returns and consider the broader impacts of their activities.

Peatlands

Peatlands are wetland ecosystems in which waterlogged conditions prevent plant material from fully decomposing. They have the highest store of global soil carbon.

Principal Adverse Impacts

Negative, material, or likely to be material effects on sustainability factors that are caused, compounded by, or directly linked to investment decisions and advice performed by the legal entity

RSPO

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) aims to transform markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm. It is the leading global palm oil certification.

Regenerative production

Regenerative agriculture broadly refers to the adoption of production practices that, among other benefits, improve water and air quality, enhance ecosystem biodiversity, produce nutrient-dense food, and store carbon to help mitigate the effects of climate change.

SBTI

Science-based targets offer companies a clearly defined path to lower emissions in accordance with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Technical Assistance (TA)

Technical Assistance (TA) is grant funding assistance provided to a (prospective) client for expert assessment. Assessments guide process and practice improvement.

Transformational Change

&Green’s Transformational Change entails a shift from a current system to a fundamentally new system that thereafter forms the mainstream. Transformational Change can be achieved by accelerating change, and/or inducing change which catalyzes further changes. It enables &Green to realize its vision of sustainable deforestation-free and socially inclusive agricultural commodity supply chains in the Tropics.

AFi

Accountability Framework initiative

Aval GANSO

The Aval GANSO is a Colombian certification programme developed by GANSO in collaboration with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).

Blueprints

Blueprints are sustainable practices that our clients adopt to create impact and which are replicable by other participants in the same market, thereby leading to Transformational Change. Replicable means that the Blueprints can be implemented by other participants in the same market/sector as our clients (and possibly other similar sectors), i.e. once our clients have shown it can be done, others will replicate. To be replicable, projects must also be commercially viable.

CPO

Crude Palm Oil

Cancun Agreements

The Cancun Agreement is a global agreement that was signed in 2010 at the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP16) in Cancun, Mexico. It aimed to strengthen the global response to climate change by taking a range of actions, including setting up a Green Climate Fund and making commitments to reduce emissions.

Center for Tropical Agriculture CIAT

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) is a not-for-profit organization that conducts socially and environmentally progressive research aimed at reducing hunger, poverty and preserving natural resources in developing countries

Deforestation

Deforestation means the clearance of natural forests, including through fires, typically for the purpose of taking commercial advantage of the cleared land. Although Deforestation is often illegal, it can, in some cases, be in compliance with local law.

E&S

E&S is a term used often in the development finance space referring to Environmental & Social

E&S risk category

&Green categorizes its investments into one of three categories: A (high potential for adverse social or environmental impacts); B (adverse social or environmental able to be mitigated); or C (minimal or no adverse social or environmental impacts). It uses a categorization process that identifies and scores potential environmental and social risks and is aligned with the categorization of projects under the IFC Performance Standards. The Facility’s full categorization process for projects is set out in the &Green Environmental and Social Guidelines available on the &Green website.

ESAP

An Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) is a detailed plan implemented by our clients to address gaps in their practices which, when closed, will mean they comply with international standards, specifically the IFC PS. This ensures that the project’s E&S risks are identified and well managed.

ESMS

Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) is an internal system which we require from our clients to manage their E&S risks and to develop approaches to mitigate these risks.

EU taxonomy

The EU taxonomy regulation describes a framework to classify “green” or “sustainable” economic activities executed in the EU.

Ecosystem Services

Ecosystem services are the benefits that humans derive from the world’s stocks of natural assets (Natural Capital). The most obvious Ecosystem Services include the food we eat, the water we drink and the plant materials we use for fuel, building materials and medicines. There are also many less visible Ecosystem Services such as the climate regulation and natural flood defenses provided by forests, the billions of tonnes of carbon stored by peatlands, or the pollination of crops by insects.

Eligible jurisdictions

Eligible jurisdictions are those jurisdictions in which &Green may invest because they have met the Fund’s Jurisdiction Eligibility Criteria (JEC) and have been approved by the Advisory Board.

Extractive production

Food systems that focus on yields and profits.

FFB

Fresh Fruit Branches

GANSO

A partnership between Climate Focus and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, that focuses on transforming degraded pastures into sustainable landscapes

GHG

Greenhouse Gases

GIS

Geographic Information System

HCV/HCS

High Conservation Value (HCV) / High Carbon Stock (HCS) means areas that are important for conservation (environmental values) and livelihoods (social values) and for which it is important that no-deforestation commitments apply in order to protect biodiversity.

ICL

Integration Crop and Livestock model.

IFC PS

The International Finance Corporation Performance Standards (IFC PS) set out international standards for managing environmental and social risks and are recognized as the gold standard by many international investors and development banks.

INCRA

National Institute of Colonization and Agrarian Reform (Instituto Nacional de Colonização e Reforma Agrária).

IP

Indigenous People (IP) means the communities that are considered indigenous to a Landscape in which a client operates.

Innovative Finance for the Amazon, Cerrado and Chaco IFACC

Innovative Finance for the Amazon, Cerrado and Chaco. An initiative of the Nature Conservancy (TNC), Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA) and UN Environmental Programme (UNEP).

JECA

Jurisdictional Eligibility Criteria Assessment

Jurisdiction

Jurisdiction means a country, region or province which &Green would consider investing in.

LAT

A tool designed to guide HSJ in its land acquisition processes.

LIFT

LIFT is a sustainable proprietary production platform that provides valuable tools, training, and services to coffee farmers and coffee communities.

LPP

A Landscape Protection Plan Is a roadmap to Transformational Change contractually agreed with our clients to achieve Environmental & Social compliance and create impact.

Land Acquisition

Land Acquisition means the expansion of the land area on which a client operates through the purchase of new land from others.

Landscape

Landscape is the Project Area from which &Green’s Environmental and Social Return are to be derived and includes areas with direct and indirect influence from the client.

MRV

Monitoring, Reporting and Verification

NDPE

A No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation (NDPE) commitment is a public commitment by our clients in order to make their operations sustainable. The commitment should pledge to have zero-deforestation, peatland destruction or exploitation of indigenous people in the operations and supply chain of their business.

Natural Capital

Natural Capital can be defined as the world’s stocks of natural assets which include geology, soil, air, water and all living things. It is from this natural capital that humans derive a wide range of services, often called Ecosystem Services, which make human life possible. The most obvious Ecosystem Services include the food we eat, the water we drink and the plant materials we use for fuel, building materials and medicines. There are also many less visible Ecosystem Services such as the climate regulation and natural flood defenses provided by forests, the billions of tonnes of carbon stored by peatlands, or the pollination of crops by insects.

Net Gain Framework

The Net Gain Framework (NGF) is a strategy developed by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to address the sustainability of business investments. The NGF is based on the idea that any investment should generate economic returns, and have a positive environmental and social impact. The NGF encourages businesses to think beyond traditional financial returns and consider the broader impacts of their activities.

Peatlands

Peatlands are wetland ecosystems in which waterlogged conditions prevent plant material from fully decomposing. They have the highest store of global soil carbon.

Principal Adverse Impacts

Negative, material, or likely to be material effects on sustainability factors that are caused, compounded by, or directly linked to investment decisions and advice performed by the legal entity

RSPO

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) aims to transform markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm. It is the leading global palm oil certification.

Regenerative production

Regenerative agriculture broadly refers to the adoption of production practices that, among other benefits, improve water and air quality, enhance ecosystem biodiversity, produce nutrient-dense food, and store carbon to help mitigate the effects of climate change.

SBTI

Science-based targets offer companies a clearly defined path to lower emissions in accordance with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Technical Assistance (TA)

Technical Assistance (TA) is grant funding assistance provided to a (prospective) client for expert assessment. Assessments guide process and practice improvement.

Transformational Change

&Green’s Transformational Change entails a shift from a current system to a fundamentally new system that thereafter forms the mainstream. Transformational Change can be achieved by accelerating change, and/or inducing change which catalyzes further changes. It enables &Green to realize its vision of sustainable deforestation-free and socially inclusive agricultural commodity supply chains in the Tropics.